- Thomas Markle spoke to the Daily Mirror newspaper from Rosarito Beach.
- He said he’d “love” to attend his daughter’s upcoming wedding to Prince Harry.
- Meghan and Prince Harry are marrying in Windsor in May 2018.
A British tabloid newspaper tracked down Meghan Markle’s father to a town in Mexico, where he told them he would “love” to be invited to the upcoming royal wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle.
The Daily Mirror traced Thomas Markle, 73, to Rosarito Beach, Mexico, to discuss the upcoming union between his daughter and Prince Harry, due to take place in May.
Reporter Chris Bucktin spoke to Markle, whom he described as “reclusive”, in his first public comments since the engagement was officially confirmed.
The newspaper published video online of Markle appearing to go about his daily business in the town before the conversation.
Asked if he would be in attendance at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May to walk his daughter down the aisle, he answered: “Yes. I’d love to.”
“I’m very pleased. I’m delighted,” he said but added that he could not say anything more. “I’m sorry. You know I can’t talk.”
Bucktin then gave Markle a gift of a bottle of champagne “to toast the couple” and some Twinings English Breakfast tea, which come complete with the Queen’s hallmark.
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“Thank you. That’s very kind,” he replied.
Markle used to work as a TV lighting director in Hollywood, but, according to the Daily Mail, he moved to Rosarito Beach, near the US-Mexico border, in 2011. He and Meghan’s mother have been divorced for years.
On Father’s Day last year Markle posted a throwback photo of herself and her dad when she was a newborn to her Instagram account.
She captioned the post: “Happy Father’s Day, daddy. I’m still your buckaroo, and to this day your hugs are still the very best in the whole wide world. Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films & club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me that signature Markle nose. I love you xo -Bean.”
Markle’s mother Doria, a yoga teacher and social worker, is yet to speak publicly about the royal engagement.