Less than a week before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle is dealing with some family drama!
TMZ reports that Markle’s father Thomas will not be attending the wedding, due to the fallout over recent paparazzi photos. He pointed out that he doesn’t want to embarrass Meghan or the royal family.
Over the past few weeks, Thomas has been snapped prepping for the wedding. He told the site that he meant no harm when he agreed to have his photos taken, which he hoped would put him in a positive light.
Thomas claimed that it was not for monetary reasons and regrets the decision.
The 73-year-old also revealed that he suffered a heart attack last week, but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the wedding. He appears to have had a change of heart and won’t be attending.
A source told Us Weekly, "Meghan is upset and disturbed by the entire ordeal and just wants to move past it. She doesn’t want to let anything ruin her day and is trying to keep focus on the weekend.”
The news comes after Meghan’s half-sister Samantha admitted that she was the “culprit” who arranged for the staged photos. She told “Loose Women” on Monday, “As we know the media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. I said, 'You know, the world has no idea you’re getting in shape, doing healthy things. They don’t photograph you buying vegetables and PH water. They photograph you as unflattering ways as they can.' So I said, 'Really, you need to show the world that you’re getting in shape and doing great healthy things.'”
She added, “So I suggested it. There’s a lot of scrutiny that it was money-motivated, it was not. It was my suggestion that to benefit him and to benefit the royal family that everyone looked good and they depict you as you are — in shape and doing healthy things.”
In response to the drama, Kensington Palace in a statement, "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."
Earlier this month, Kensington Palace confirmed Thomas' attendance, saying in a statement, "Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding. Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.”