Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, wants to walk his daughter down the aisle after all at her wedding to Prince Harry this Saturday - but his health may not allow it. Thomas spoke with TMZ a day after he said he was no longer attending the nuptials and offered conflicting updates.
They are the two oldest children of Prince William, Harry's brother, and his wife Kate.
On Monday he was reported by the Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com to be unable to attend due to a heart attack and embarrassment over whether he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer.
There has been much speculation about the identity of the designer, or designers, who have been chosen to produce Markle's wedding dress and the one she may change into for her evening reception.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace, which has previously issued legal warnings to protect Thomas's privacy, said: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding".
Details about the wedding have been closely controlled by Kensington Palace but reports of Mr Markle's intentions have thrown their intricate plans into flux.
Sharing a parent with U.S., home of Markle's former show, Suits, NBC gained access to her Hollywood circle - including NBCU cable entertainment chair and Markle mentor Bonnie Hammer - for May 16's Inside the Royal Wedding.
Ms Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, said she hoped her father would be at the ceremony.
He married Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, in 1979.
One tribute to Diana is her favourite flower, white roses, being featured in Meghan's floral arrangements. "I don't know if she's had a word with the powers that be, but I was asked to put my dog on a lead the other day", adds the dog walker.
Prince Harry is yet to meet his future father-in-law.
And now, Thomas has apparently blamed the heart attack on his own son, Thomas Jr, after he was said to have written a letter to Prince Harry, telling him that marrying his sister would be the "biggest mistake in royal wedding history". Markle has said they "mean the absolute world" to her, and has called them "my loves" and "my boys".