Kensington Palace Reportedly Blindsided as Meghan Markle's Dad Withdraws From Wedding

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation", the statement said.

Thomas Markle will not attend the wedding over the way his decision to have staged paparazzi photos taken of him preparing for the wedding has been received and chose to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family, TMZ reports.

Whether Thomas will change his mind and attend the royal wedding is still unknown, and it has yet to be revealed who will walk Meghan down the aisle.

The palace refused to confirm whether her father would be attending the wedding on Saturday.

Meghan Markle's estranged family members have arrived in London despite not getting an invite to her wedding to Prince Harry.

Thomas Markle and Ragland divorced when their daughter was 6-years-old, but they both played an active role raising her.

"I couldn't be more proud of Meghan - she is everything to me". However, he told TMZ on Tuesday that he now wants to be by Meghan's side.

Meghan Markle is reportedly concerned for the wellbeing of her father.

Thomas, who retired to Rosarito, Mexico, was supposed to be flying to London this week to meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Wills and Kate at a lunch ahead of the ceremony. A party store assistant told the Mail he was paid $15 by Thomas to help measure him for his wedding suit in one image. He also said he had suffered a heart attack a week ago.

Thomas Markle would walk his daughter down the aisle and her mother would drive with her daughter to the chapel.

The photos were taken less than two months before the wedding and reportedly sold for almost $140,000 by the paparazzi agency who took the photographs. According to Us Weekly, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland has quit her job at a mental health clinic in Los Angeles as she focuses on a new career endeavor.

Thomas Markle, Jr. claimed the family was "deeply embarrassed" by the phony images.

Thomas Markle, 73, was quoted by some U.S. media as saying that he would not attend the royal wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family after paparazzi shots of him seemed to indicate he had been paid to pose for photographers.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle are pictured at a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2018. We had no idea he would be taken advantage of.

"After the first couple of times I guess she started giving a hug to the guys, which wasn't exactly protocol and at some point somebody said to her, "people don't usually do that" and she said (shrugging) "I'm American, I hug".

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