The online gossip portal said it had spoken with 73-year-old Tom Markle, who "seemed alert and coherent" and said doctors had implanted up to three stents in his blood vessels. Hounded by the paparazzi, Markle's father has been caught up in the complex and often bitter relationship between Britain's royals and the media ahead of Saturday's ceremony at Windsor Castle in southeast England.
He revealed yesterday he was undergoing heart surgery, according to TMZ, and would not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle.
But his presence was already mired in scandal after he staged photographs for the media of his wedding preparations, despite earlier having complained about press intrusion.
There was another traumatic collision between a Markle and the media on today, TMZ said, as Meghan's half sister Samantha suffered what appeared to be a broken ankle and knee in a fracas with a paparazzo.
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