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Meghan Markle's father may not attend the royal wedding
Posted on 15/05/2018 Modified on 18/05/2018

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It is unclear whether Meghan Markle's father Thomas will walk her down the aisle on Saturday as planned.

Meghan Markle still wants her father to be present at her wedding

Meghan Markle still wants her father to be present at her wedding

According to the BBC, Mr Markel told celebrity news website TMZ that he had decided not to attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry.

Kensington Palace issued a statement saying it was "a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle".

Reports in the Mail on Sunday suggest that Mr Markle staged pictures for a paparazzi photographer.

The pictures showed him being measured for a wedding suit and looking at newspaper stories about his daughter.

According to the BBC, Mr Markel is reported to have said that he did not want to cause his daughter embarrassment by attending the wedding.

As reported by the BBC, Samantha Markle, Ms Markle's half-sister from her father's first marriage has said she hopes her father will still attend the wedding.

She explained to 'Good Morning Britain' that the photographs had been done with "good intention" and that Mr Markle, 73, had suffered a heart attack due to stress.

She said the media had "raked him over the coals" and "distorted his image".

"He had a moral right to set the record straight and defend himself," she added.

According to the BBC, a Kensington Palace 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".

People around Meghan Markle are saying she has to contemplate her father not walking her down the aisle.

The pressure has been absolutely relentless and she and Prince Harry have been concerned for some time about Thomas Markle's mental state.

He seems to have been rather caught out by the astonishing pressure that fell upon him. Whether by design or accident he fell into this photo agency scam.

We have another example of that unhappy flipside of royalty, which is the extraordinary pressure of the media's attention.

BBC royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, said he understood Ms Markle, 36, was distressed and concerned for the wellbeing of her father, who has been described as a rather shy and reclusive figure.

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