Thomas Markle

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, has revealed his daughter cried when he told her he would not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry.

He also expressed his upset at not walking her down the aisle.

“I’m a footnote to the greatest moment in history rather than the dad who walked his daughter down the aisle. That upsets me somewhat,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

He said he watched the event from a B&B in the US after having surgery.

Mr Markle told GMB he broke the news that he would not be attending the event in an emotional phone call with Prince Harry and his daughter.

“They were disappointed … and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you’,” he said.

Prince Charles walked the duchess down the aisle instead.

Mr Markle said he felt “jealous”, but added: “I was honoured, I can’t think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles.

“I was thrilled to tears he was doing that, I just wish it had been my hand holding hers not his.”

The duchess’ father had undergone heart surgery which prevented him from taking part in the ceremony.

Describing the moment Prince Harry asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage, Mr Markle said he told his future son-in-law: “You are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission.”

When asked about the possibility of a royal baby being soon on the way, he said his daughter had “wanted children for a long time”.