Thomas Markle, the father of Britain's newest royal Meghan, has spoken of his regret that he wasn't well enough to walk his daughter down the aisle as she married Prince Harry, but said he was pleased that Harry's father Charles was able to step in.
"Watching it was hard for me, because I wasn't there, but at the same time. That upsets me somewhat". Harry asked for her hand on the phone and I said, 'you're a gentleman.
"This visit is at the request of Her Majesty's Government, " the palace said in a statement.
Markle said he gave Harry permission to marry his daughter over the phone.More news: Senegal tops Poland amid controversy for first African win
When asked if he thought Harry was a Trump supporter, Markle replied, "I would hope not now, but at the time he might've been".
Mr Markle said: "As long as they're happy and they have a great life and have some attractive children and do good things in the world, I can't ask for more". "I think she's one of the most incredible women in the world and I'd love to meet her".
"I was complaining I didn't like Donald Trump. I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry", Markle told ITV's Good Morning Britain in his first broadcast interview since the wedding.
On the subject of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or Brexit, Markle said: "It was just a loose conversation about something we have to try".More news: Gaming Addiction Is Now An Official Mental Health Disorder
"I've always had a bad attitude about Donald Trump, and that's never gonna change", Markle said.
Meghan's parents are divorced and while mother Doria Ragland, 61, has met Harry and attended the wedding, Thomas Markle is yet to meet the prince. Most agreed, however, that the royal family would not have approved of this interview.
He said he wanted to do the interview to show that he is a "normal guy", and that he does not want his daughter or son-in-law "to be hurt" by any of the media attention around him.
He said of the fact his daughter would be the black member of the British royal family in modern history: "I think it's long overdue".More news: David Warner to play for St Lucia Stars in Caribbean Premier League