Thomas Markle: Meghan's father pulls out of royal wedding

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The BBC says "it is still very much Meghan Markle's wish that her father should be there on Saturday to support her".

"This is not what she wants".

Meghan Markle at ANZAC Day commemorations in April, 2018. The concern for him is real and genuine.

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. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation", the statement said.

Thomas Markle would walk his daughter down the aisle and her mother would drive with her daughter to the chapel.

In the days before the wedding, both of Meghan Markle's parents had been expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth II - Harry's grandmother - and other senior royals, including Harry's father, Prince Charles. Since retired, he has been living in Mexico.

TMZ reports that Markle Sr. felt the photographs look "stupid and hammy".

Thomas Markle has been caught up in controversy after he allegedly staged paparazzi photographs of himself in the run-up to the ceremony being held at Windsor Castle this Saturday.

Kensington Palace issued a statement saying it was "a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle". He also added that he'd been offered way more money in the past to do interviews and he'd always turned them down.

Samantha Markle told the "Good Morning Britain" TV show that Thomas Markle recently panicked while driving on the highway because he was being followed by numerous press cars, what she called a "dangerous situation".

Interestingly, the staged photoshoot was set up by Meghan's half-sister Samantha who hoped that their father would get some positive press coverage before the wedding.

Meanwhile, Mr Markle told TMZ that he'd suffered a heart attack last week but left hospital early in order to attend the wedding.

Of course, they don't confirm nor deny if Thomas will be attending the wedding, nor of he will be walking his daughter down the aisle-so for now we only have Thomas's confirmation to TMZ that he won't be attending.

Meanwhile, Meghan's extended family who weren't invited to the wedding have been pictured landing in London.

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

"Meghan has no relationship with her half-siblings, nor has she ever had one", the source said.

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