— Meghan Markle’s father have ‘decided not to attend her wedding’
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Meghan Markle’s father will not attend the Royal wedding to walk her down the aisle, it has been claimed, after it emerged he had collaborated with the paparazzi on a series of photographs.
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Thomas Markle, 73, said he would no longer be attending his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, where he was supposed to be taking a starring role to support her.
Mr Markle told American website TMZ that he had suffered a heart attack six days ago, but had checked himself out of hospital and had been intending to fly to Britain.
Ms Markle is understood to be distressed and deeply worried about her father, who has been struggling to cope with being in the spotlight as a result of her engagement.
He will no longer make the journey to meet his future son-in-law Prince Harry, he said, or keep planned appointments with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The extraordinary decision raises the question that Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her down the aisle, or that she will be accompanied by a member of the Royal Family or choose to make the journey alone.
Kensington Palace did not confirm that Mr Markle would be missing the wedding, but issued a statement asking for understanding.
A spokesman said: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding.
“She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
Markle is now being supported by Prince Harry as she contemplates her wedding going ahead without him.