Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle
London - Markle's father pulled out of the ceremony for health reasons.
Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle during her marriage to his son Prince Harry.
Her father pulled out of the ceremony for health reasons, Kensington Palace announced Friday.
"Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle... on her wedding day," said a palace statement.
"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way."
Meghan Markle's father was diagnosed with heart problems in Mexico but refused to undergo surgery, the health ministry in Baja California state, where he lives, said Thursday.
Thomas Markle, who has already confirmed he will not attend his daughter's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday, went to Rosarito's Hospital de Playas early in the morning on May 3 complaining of "heart pain," the ministry said.
Markle, 73, underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday at a different hospital, according to the celebrity website TMZ.
According to the health ministry statement, days earlier he arrived at the Mexican hospital having experienced hours of discomfort "without any physical exertion."
However, Markle rejected any treatment following the diagnosis and declined to be transported to his Rosarito home.
"The patient decided to voluntarily leave on the afternoon of Friday May 4, to continue his care at a private medical facility," the ministry said.
Markle, an Emmy award-winning television lighting director, has been at the center of a media storm over whether he would walk his daughter down the aisle, before finally pulling out for good due to health reasons.