Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding



Thomas Markle was referring to Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Grant.

Meghan Markle is reportedly concerned for the wellbeing of her father. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do. "He feels that anyone who gets associated with his life - this is the price they have to pay", a friend told the Daily Mail. The concern for him is real and genuine. Markle told the website he looked "stupid and hammy". His absence is a result of a revelation that he posed for the paparazzi in a staged photo outside his house in Mexico.

Mr Markle was pictured being measured for what was thought to be his wedding suit, looking at screen pictures of Ms Markle and Harry while in an internet cafe, and reading a picture book about Britain while having a coffee. He also added that he'd been offered way more money in the past to do interviews and he'd always turned them down.

See recent photos of Thomas in the gallery...

Diana was heavily involved in charitable work during her life, with HIV/AIDS and homelessness (which Crisis addresses) two of the causes to which she was most committed-an interest she passed on to her boys from when they were very young.

She tweeted: "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".

TMZ said Thomas Markle was upset 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. After he received backlash for staging the paparazzi pictures, Thomas Markle pulled out the wedding, telling TMZ he hadn't heard from his daughter since the photos went viral.

Thomas Markle, Jr. claimed the family was "deeply embarrassed" by the phony images.

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".

"It is overwhelming. My grandfather just wants to be left alone - he wants the peace and the quiet back". I was also told that he had a heart attack. He had a pretty big health scare.

His star daughter Ms Markle has previously described him as caring, hardworking and someone who "invested in my future so that I could grow up to have so much".

Soon-to-be Duchess Meghan Markle has been consistently grabbing headlines for her royal duties and her new role post marriage.

As confirmed in a royal press release earlier this month, Thomas was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle. She knows the eyes of the world are on her.

Mr Markle is a retired Emmy-award winning lighting director, who worked on shows such as General Hospital.

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