Thanks to Markle’s dad, Mexican town swept up in royal wedding frenzy

A sleepy Mexican resort town has found itself swept up in the frenzy swirling around Britain’s royal wedding thanks to the antics of the once-anonymous American retiree who is now its most famous resident: Meghan Markle’s dad.

Thomas Markle, Prince Harry’s future father-in-law, has lit up gossip pages with his on-again, off-again plans to walk his daughter down the aisle Saturday and the emergency heart surgery that, as Meghan confirmed Thursday, will prevent him from being at Windsor Castle for the ceremony.

The scene of Markle’s painful misadventures with the rabid tabloid press is Rosarito, his adopted Mexican hometown.

The town, with a population of 70,000, sits on Mexico’s Pacific coast about a half hour’s drive south of the US border.

Its pretty beaches and sunny climate have made it a popular retirement destination for Americans, who make up an estimated 15 to 30 percent of its population.

Markle, 73, was just another aging “gringo” soaking up the sun until his daughter got engaged to Harry.

And that is when the royal shenanigans erupted.

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