The Royal Wedding Drama Around Meghan Markle's Dad, Explained

The Royal Wedding Drama Around Meghan Markle's Dad, Explained

Just days ahead of Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry, the American actress' father Thomas Markle Sr. rescinded his invitation, opting out of the royal fête.

The 73-year-old said he believed Meghan's mother Doria Ragland was the best person to walk their daughter down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Thomas Markle Snr. was accused of secretly working with Los Angeles based photographer Jeff Rayner on several staged shoots, showing him looking at news reports about Meghan's upcoming wedding to British royal Prince Harry on Saturday (19May18), working out and getting fitted for a suit for the big day.

May 15 - Thomas Markle says he will attend the royal wedding.

According to TMZ, he told the website he regretted allowing the pictures to be taken and acknowledged they looked "stupid". The photos were said to have been sold to media for £100,000 (S$180,867) but it was not known whether Mr Markle himself was paid. "Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion". On Monday night the palace issued a statement asking for Thomas Markle's privacy to be respected, just hours after issuing another cease and desist letter to national newspapers. The reportedly shy and reclusive 73-year-old retired Hollywood lighting director had been expected to walk Meghan, his US -born former TV actress daughter, down the aisle in front of a globally televised audience.

Meghan will be married to Prince Harry on May 19.

But small details in the planning of the wedding make it clear that Harry wants his beloved mother's presence to be felt despite her early death in a road accident in Paris in 1997. Meghan's step-sister Samantha Markle who has been grabbing headlines for her distasteful statements against the royal wedding admitted to arranging the photoshoot but defended her dad and said that there's a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not.

Samantha also said she felt her father had been unfairly depicted in the media, and she wanted him to be seen in a more positive light.

I ask Prime what's changed in his 60 years in the business, and he says "not much".

The venue (36 percent), the number of guests (28 percent) and their wedding hairstyle (25 percent) were other aspects that former brides wish they could have done differently. She said her father had "suffered at the hands of the media" and had decided "enough is enough". That is his daughter and she loves him more than anything in the world.

"In all of them Mr Markle appears to be unaware they are being taken", The Daily Mail writes. I said [to Thomas Markle], 'You know, the world has no idea you're getting in shape, doing healthy things, ' " Grant said during an appearance on the British talk show Loose Women on Monday. They were due to travel to the chapel together on Saturday.