"And I said, 'That's really nice.' And then the next call was like, 'He's British.' And I said, 'That's really nice.' And eventually the third time round was, 'He's a prince, '" Markle said.
He said he had apologised to both Harry and Meghan. It was all set up. I had a bit of a heart condition. "We're really anxious about you.' They said the important thing was I get better". I'll be ready to go. "I was thrilled to tears he was doing that, I just wish it had been my hand holding hers not his", he said.
"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding", Meghan, 36, said in a statement from Kensington Palace.
"Watching it was hard for me, because I wasn't there, but at the same time I'm watching my daughter being watched by the entire world".
He added: "I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle". "He looked very handsome. But I'm thankful for how it all went".
Markle missed last month's wedding of Harry to his daughter Meghan, an American actress, because he was ill but in his first broadcast interview since the glittering ceremony divulged details of conversations he had held with his royal in-law.
Britain's Prince Charles and Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, depart after the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
When Prince Harry called Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle, to speak to him for the first time and ask for his blessing to marry his daughter, the conversation reportedly had some political elements to it as well.
"I'm a footnote to the greatest moment in history rather than the dad who walked his daughter down the aisle", Thomas Markle said.
"For the most part it was always, 'Don't speak to the press.' The rest of the things were, 'Just be careful, '" he said.
And with regard to the huge social gap his daughter would have to straddle he said: "The royals are very complicated".
Mr Markle said: "As long as they're happy and they have a great life and have some lovely children and do good things in the world, I can't ask for more".
The colour of Harry's tie matched the colour of Meghan's dress.
"I regretted it because I really wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle", he said.
"I don't think I have", he said. "It's an improvement for England".
His most controversial comments came when he revealed that Harry confided in him that he is "open to Brexit" and also believes controversial President Donald Trump should be "given a chance". He said, "Give Donald Trump a chance". "I sort of disagreed with that".
Though Markle hasn't yet met Harry, he thinks he is a "gentleman" and is "very happy" about his marriage to the former Suits star.
He said he also asked his son-in-law about Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union and got the impression Harry is comfortable with Brexit. There was no real commitment to it. "I don't think the stork has hit the air, but I think it will happen soon".
He revealed 40 to 50 members of the Markle family asked for invitations to the wedding. It's going to have to work out for them and me as well.