On the 14th of May, Monday, Thomas Markle, the father of the Suits alum, Meghan, said that he wouldn’t be going to her wedding on the 19th. Thomas suffered a heart attack last week, and because of that, he can’t go.
The 36-year-old actress and Harry, 33, are supposed to get married at St. George’s Chapel at the Windsor Castle this Saturday. In a statement released on the 4th of May, the Kensington Palace said Thomas would be walking down the aisle.
The news of his future absence at her wedding comes just a day after the Daily Mail published photographs online of him at a cafe in Mexico along with Jeff Rayner, prompting rumors that he has been staging paparazzi pictures.
Meghan Markle's father will not be walking her down the aisle Saturday … he isn't going to the wedding at all because of the fallout over selling photos of himself. Thomas Markle tells TMZ, he meant no harm to Meghan or the Royal Family when he made a deal to allow a photo agency to take pics of him getting ready for the wedding. He says he had a reason and it was not principally about money. Markle tells us over the last year he's been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him in the most unflattering circumstances … buying beer, looking disheveled and reclusive. He's especially upset that they made him look like a lush. Thomas says he doesn't even drink beer … he was buying it for the guards at the place where he lives. He says since his daughter started dating Prince Harry he's been offered anywhere between $50,000 and $100k for interviews and he's turned all of them down. Thomas says the paparazzi agency approached him, offered him money — though nowhere near the reported $100k — and he figured there was no harm in it and it would help recast his image. He admits the pics look "stupid and hammy." He says he was just going along with the paparazzi agency, which he now deeply regrets. And, Thomas says, he suffered a heart attack 6 days ago but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the wedding. He's now decided not to go because he doesn't want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter. #meghanmarkle #DaMinorityReport
According to The Daily Mail, Thomas has staged photos of himself in the press before, and he said to TMZ that he looked “stupid and hammy” after getting caught doing so.
A source who spoke with us claimed, “Meghan isn’t very happy about this at all, because it just adds more controversy and drama to the situation. And there’s enough of that already.”
However, another insider said just the opposite, “Meghan honestly doesn’t care about any of this stuff. She’s so busy these days that she can hardly focus on one thing at a time.”
The insider said, “Meghan is mostly focused on her big day and is trying to enjoy her life. That’s pretty much it.” According to the reports, Meghan and her father have struggled to keep their relationship amicable.
On the 8th of May, Thomas said he would be going to the wedding, but after the photo scandal, he recanted that decision and said he wouldn’t be going. Perhaps, he’s just really embarrassed?