Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Meghan Markle's Dad Won't Attend Royal Wedding After Staged Photo Fiasco

Meghan Markle's Dad Won't Attend Royal Wedding After Staged Photo Fiasco

"She obviously wants her dad there", a friend of Meghan's said.

The bride-to-be's parents are divorced and while Harry has been pictured with her mother Doria Ragland, 61, there had been speculation about how Thomas Markle, a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, would feature. "I merely wanted him to be seen in a respectable light - I didn't feel that was being done. But clearly the priority should be whether or not it's safe for him to do that".

In case you hadn't heard, Meghan Markle's father was embroiled in wee Royal scandal of his own over the weekend when he was caught staging paparazzi photos. "He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack", she said.

"In all of them Mr Markle appears to be unaware they are being taken", The Daily Mail writes.

Sarah, Duchess of York, was left off the guest list when Prince William Wednesday Kate Middleton in 2011, but she has been invited this weekend at Prince Harry's behest.

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

Soon afterwards, she was signed to Storm modelling agency, which also discovered Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. A source tells PEOPLE that Meghan is not close with her half-siblings. "We all have these kinds of relatives tucked away somewhere in our families but those dramas are not dished up for public consumption".

Amid news that the father of Meghan Markle won't be traveling to England for his daughter's royal wedding due to an embarrassing staged photo op that netted him a reported $1,500, the 73-year-old is facing a major heart surgery. They have all these opulent properties at their fingertips, and the night before their wedding will be no exception: Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly opting to stay in some very nice hotels ahead of the event.

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CNN has reached out to Thomas Markle for comment over phone and over email but has yet to receive an answer.

A global audience will be watching when Prince Harry weds his USA fiancee Meghan Markle on Saturday, but most Britons don't care much, a YouGov poll said on Monday.

'She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this hard situation'. Harry has yet to meet his fiance's father.

Meanwhile the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, which will provide an escort for the newly weds, continued Monday to make preparations for the big day.

According to the royal family, the couple, who have been non-traditional in their wedding planning, will have a reception on the castle grounds after the ceremony and plan on serving "bowl food" and two-bite canapés to their guests.

Meghan Markle's family is taking full advantage of their five minutes of fame (they have five days left). "The couple have been doing everything they can to help him".

The revelation about the photos came as Markle was due to travel to the United Kingdom for the wedding and after Kensington Palace repeatedly issued warnings to media outlets to respect his privacy, saying he had been "harassed" by paparazzi, the Mail on Sunday said.

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