Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Meghan Markle's father Thomas under 'unbelievable amount of stress', says half-sister

Meghan Markle's father Thomas under 'unbelievable amount of stress', says half-sister

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

It is unclear whether Meghan Markle's father Thomas will walk her down the aisle on Saturday as planned.

However, the TMZ website reported on Monday that he had decided not to attend the glittering wedding at the castle, the home of English and British monarchs for nearly 1,000 years.

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. "So, mortifying for the royal family, enraging for Meghan Markle".

Thomas Markle told TMZ he meant no harm to his daughter or to the royal family when he made a deal with a Los Angeles-based photographer to snap supposedly candid photos of him.

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Thousands of journalists from across the world are descending on the genteel town of Windsor for the wedding, and Thomas Markle told TMZ that the media attention had taken its toll.

He says he was not offered anywhere near $100,000 for the photos as it was claimed in the media.

May 13 - Reports say Thomas Markle staged paparazzi photos.

Thomas Markle is not the first person to be bruised in the collision between Britain's royal family and the media - a relationship that is deep, complex and sometimes toxic.

The gossip portal earlier reported that Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was back in hospital with doctors warning his heart was "seriously damaged" after a heart attack a week ago.

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As the Christian customary, Meghan's father was to walk her down the aisle on her D-day.

Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha has admitted it was her idea for her father to take part in staged paparazzi shots that have caused a scandal worldwide.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan will put their honeymoon on hold for their first engagement as a married couple three days later on Tuesday at a garden party to celebrate Prince Charles's 70th birthday. "She obviously wants her dad there", a friend of Meghan's said. The less formal approach will allow the 600 guests to mingle and make the the occasion less fussy. I wanted to see him go (to the wedding), I didn't want him deprived of that.

It has since been reported that Meghan's father did receive a cut from the sales. "Meghan is determined to try and convince her father to get on a plane in time for the ceremony". That is his daughter and she loves him more than anything in the world. Thomas Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, met at a Hollywood studio in the late 1970s where he was working as as a lighting director and she was a temp.

Rumors have been circulating around who will design Markle's dress. Can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like, 'Can I. Can I give you the ring?' She goes, 'Oh yes, the ring!' They were due to travel to the chapel together on Saturday.

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