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Meghan Markle's father in successful heart op: report

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Meghan Markle's father has successfully undergone the heart surgery that prevented him from attending her wedding to Britain's Harry, celebrity website said today.

The 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 in

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.

The fiasco has turned into a PR disaster that risks further souring relations between the media and Harry, who blames the paparazzi for the death of his mother

There was another traumatic collision between a Markle and the media on today, said, as Meghan's half sister suffered what appeared to be a broken ankle and knee in a fracas with a paparazzo.

She and boyfriend were driving near a toll booth in when a veered in front of them, he told the

The boyfriend was quoted by as saying he swerved left in an attempt to avoid an accident and hit a concrete barrier, throwing into the windshield and twisting her foot backwards.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 07:00 IST