Meghan Markle's father will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday after being busted for selling staged paparazzi photos of himself ahead of the big day.
Thomas Markle tells TMZ that he had a heart attack six years ago, but checked himself out of the hospital so he could walk his daughter down the aisle. However, he will now steer clear of the event to avoid embarrassing her.
Kensington Palace has since issued a statement that reads, "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."
Meanwhile, Daily Mail editor-at-large Piers Morgan tells Entertainment Tonight that Markle and Harry are likely very upset.
"It's really embarrassing, to be honest, because for the last few weeks the British press in particular have been warned off Thomas Markle, Meghan's father, told to leave him alone," Morgan points out.
"Now we discover that the reason for this is he's been colluding with a paparazzi in Mexico and staging pictures and presumably making money from them. So, mortifying for the royal family, enraging for Meghan Markle."
#MeghanMarkle's dad is reportedly skipping the royal wedding. Thomas Markle suffered a heart attack six days ago and checked himself out of the hospital so that he could attend Meghan and Prince Harry's nuptials, according to a report, but he will no longer be walking Meghan down the aisle on Saturday following a recent photo controversy. "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "She and #PrinceHarry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation." ⠀ ⠀ Over the weekend, Thomas was accused of staging paparazzi photos in exchange for money after several images of him popped up where he was seen reading a book about the U.K. and at an internet cafe clicking through a photo gallery of the couple. The link in our bio has more details. (📷: Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Coleman-Rayner)
BREAKING: Palace statement re Meghan Markle's dad pulling out of the wedding:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 14, 2018
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