Will Meghan Markle's father skip the royal wedding?

Will Meghan Markle's father skip the royal wedding?

Pablo Tucker
May 16, 2018

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding", Kensington Palace said in a statement to ET.

Father and son Windsor Grey horses Storm and Tyrone will be escorting Meghan and Harry away from their wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle this weekend.

Thomas Markle is missing out on the royal wedding following a heart attack, according to a Monday TMZ report.

The father of royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been quoted as saying he will not attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry this week after suffering a reported heart attack amid the intense media interest around the nuptials. What'd U think?? One of the most ridiculous TV movies ever made about the royal family, wasn't it??

Mr Markle told TMZ he was upset over the drama being caused by his eldest daughter Samantha Grant, who has been openly critical of Meghan Markle in the media. Speculation in the media is leaning towards Ralph & Russo who designed the dress Markle wore for her engagement photos and the research, which was conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, ranked Ralph & Russo as number three. Later, The Daily Mail published footage that seemingly showed Markle cooperating with photographers, and claimed a stand-in for the wedding-suit tailor was hired.

The website reported Markle had complained that at times over the past year he had been ambushed by paparazzi, often taking unflattering photos of him and that he had turned down offers for interviews of between $50,000 (€41,918) and $100,000 (€83,837). Despite the row, he will still walk his daughter down the aisle at the wedding.

Thomas Markle was set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the church ceremony, and Ragland plans to ride to the chapel with her daughter.

He told TMZ he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family after reports he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer for a fee.

Despite recent reports about her father, Meghan Markle still wants him at her and Prince Harry's wedding on Saturday, a source tells ET. I have no idea but if he did I'm going to assume it was a pittance.

Meghan Markle (C) and her mother Doria Ragland (L) watch the closing ceremonies for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on September 30, 2017.

Samantha Markle also dismissed the idea that her father had been paid to take the photos.

At a launch event for her SAVAGE X Fenty lingerie line, an Access reporter asked the 30-year-old if she'll be attending the royal wedding, to which to she responded: "So, is that really coming up, like soon or something?"

Mr Markle is a retired Emmy-award winning lighting director, who worked on shows such as General Hospital. She said, 'Can I say yes? It'll be hosting special coverage of the royal wedding featuring an extended edition of Good Morning America (GMA) on Saturday, 19th May (5:00-10:00 a.m. EDT).

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