Royal wedding: Who is father-of-the-bride Thomas Markle?

Meghan Markle dad Thomas Markle Daily Mirror grab

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.

"I understand it is still very much Meghan Markle's wish that her father should be there on Saturday to support her", he added.

Kensington Palace, the official residence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, issued a statement late Monday following the allegations that Markle's father, who lives in Mexico, had pulled out of the wedding.

Ms Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, said she hoped her father would be at the ceremony.

That narrative appeared to follow the "rags to riches" story surrounding Meghan's rise to royalty - despite her coming from a financially stable American family.

But he appears determined to make his daughter's big day and told TMZ if doctors discharge him from hospital he will travel to England.

"Lord Chamberlain, Her Majesty and the Duke are very angry with Meghan's father", a source told the outlet. "Thomas says he doesn't even drink beer. he was buying it for the guards at the place where he lives", TMZ wrote.

According to TMZ, Kensington Palace was completely taken aback by the decision, as the palace had reportedly made elaborate plans for Thomas including a security detail, accommodations and access to various events.


He also says he was admitted to hospital for a heart attack one week ago, but checked himself out so he could attend the wedding.

Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing at Manhattan Centre at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in NY.

May 13, 2018 The Daily Mail accused Thomas of staging photographs: cue, madness.

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A palace statement on "this hard situation" did not confirm the TMZ report that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend Saturday's wedding at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. "The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family".

Meghan's engagement ring features two diamonds from Diana's collection, which Harry included "to make sure she's with us on this insane journey together".

"I don't think the queen is thinking about what I'm doing", he said.

Samantha confirmed the family didn't do it for money, but didn't deny that her father had been paid.

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