Kensington Palace confirmed the news via Twitter on Friday morning:
Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, had been set to perform the duty at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England. However, he pulled out earlier this week after he suffering a heart attack. He also confessed to arranging paparazzi photographs in the build-up to the ceremony.
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Markle wrote in a statement released by the palace Thursday. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”