THE DUCHESS of Sussex’s father Thomas Markle has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.

The 77-year-old had been planning to fly to the UK in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with hopes to meet members of the royal family and his grandchildren – Archie and Lilibet – for the first time.

However, on Tuesday he was rushed to hospital after having a stroke.

Karl Larsen, who has a YouTube channel with Mr Markle, confirmed the news.

Mr Larsen said that the retired director of photography had been looking forward to travelling to the UK for the jubilee.

Mr Markle did not attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018 as he was recovering from heart surgery.

The news comes after Mr Markle spoke last month of his desire to travel to the UK for the jubilee.

Speaking to GB News from his home in Mexico, Mr Markle said: “I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m going to show my respect for the Queen and I’m going to make sure that the Queen understands that my entire family respects the Queen and the royals.

“We admire them, and we want them to know that’s how we feel about them and that’s how we feel about England.”

He added that he felt he had a right to meet his grandchildren.

Meghan has been estranged from her father since he was caught staging paparazzi photographs ahead of her wedding.

He has previously said he hoped to face the Duke and Duchess in court as part of a defamation case being brought by the duchess’s half-sister.