Royal wedding: Not clear who will walk Meghan down the aisle

A tour guide leads her group of tourists using a flag with the faces of Britain's Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle in Windsor, England, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Police officers pose with the Madame Tussauds' wax figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they are paraded along the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding this weekend, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
FILE - In this Monday, April 23, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend a Memorial Service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London. German royalists’ adrenaline has been surging as the Saturday, May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and his American bride-to-be Meghan Markle is creeping closer. There’s no way anybody here will be able to miss the event: Three German TV stations, ZDF, RTL and n-tv, will broadcast the event live and stream it on their websites too. Dozens of German correspondents are accredited and so-called “royal household experts” will explain the intricacies of the foreign ceremony. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
Union Jack flags fly across the main shopping street in Windsor, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Preparations are being made in the town ahead of the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that will take place in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
FILE - In this Monday, April 23, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince William arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London. Kensington Palace said Wednesday May 16, 2018, that four-year-old George will be a page boy and three-year-old Charlotte will be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
American royal fan Donna Werner, and who has come over to Britain specially for the upcoming royal wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, shows off her placards in her position along the carriage route in Windsor, England, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19, which includes a 30 minute carriage route taking the couple round the town to wave to the crowds, some of whom are already taking up positions. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON — The question of whether Meghan Markle's father will walk his daughter down the aisle to marry Britain's Prince Harry or attend the wedding persisted Wednesday as royal representatives remained tight-lipped on possible changes to the program.

Harry's press office declined to comment on a celebrity news website's report that Thomas Markle, 73, needed a heart procedure and would not be well enough to fly to England.

The uncertainty over his health and attendance at Saturday's wedding came from comments TMZ said the father made exclusively to the site. His condition has not been independently confirmed.

Thomas Markle, a retired Hollywood cinematographer who lives in Mexico, told TMZ he would receive a stent and other treatment for blocked coronary arteries on Wednesday morning.

Stent procedures done on a non-emergency basis typically do not require long hospital stays, but the recovery guidance likely would rule out a lengthy plane trip to England right after surgery.

The bride's parents divorced when she was a child. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is traveling from Los Angeles to England for the wedding and is scheduled to ride with her daughter to St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle before the ceremony.

Ragland is also scheduled to visit with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife, Kate, and other senior royals this week. Thomas Markle also had been expected to spend the days before the wedding meeting the queen and other members of his daughter's future family.

The palace has not announced any alternative plans for Thomas Markle's role of accompanying his daughter through the chapel to meet the groom. An official announcement is expected if it's confirmed that he will not be making it to the wedding.

Some estranged members of Meghan Markle's extended family have arrived in Britain, but did not receive invitations to the wedding.

Concerns about Thomas Markle's health overshadowed Wednesday's announcements of the bridesmaids and page boys who will take part in the ceremony.

The list include William and Kate's two older children: Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

It is a repeat performance for the two, who were a page boy and bridesmaid when Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, married last year.

The other bridesmaids are Harry's goddaughters, 2-year-old Zalie Warren and 3-year-old Florence van Cutsem, and Markle's goddaughters: Remi and Rylan Litt, ages 6 and 7 respectively, and 4-year-old Ivy Mulroney.

Besides Prince George, the page boys are Harry's godson, 6-year-old Jasper Dyer, and 7-year-old twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney.

The three Mulroney siblings are the children of Markle's close friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, and are the grandchildren of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Some devoted fans of Harry and Markle are already gathering at prime viewing points just outside the imposing walls of Windsor Castle, even though the wedding is three days away.

A few carried signs wishing the soon-to-be newlyweds well, and some carried U.S. flags in honor of Markle's American roots.

Windsor officials have warned the public that huge crowds are expected in the town on Saturday. Many roads will be closed off and extra security procedures will be put into effect.

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For complete AP royal wedding coverage, visit https://apnews.com/tag/Royalweddings

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