Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, said in a new interview on Good Morning Britain that she’s holding out hope that their father would attend the royal wedding. As it was previously reported, after Thomas allegedly was caught staging paparazzi photos, he claimed to have suffered a heart attack and could no longer go.
In response to the news of Thomas’ absence at the ceremony, the Kensington Palace wrote a statement asking for the “understanding and respect” of the decision of Meghan’s father.
As the reports go, Thomas was hanging out with a photographer leading many people to believe that he was staging photos to make himself look better.
And after he was caught, he “faked” a heart attack, but really he’s simply too embarrassed to show himself in public. Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, said it made sense for him to do something like that because the media has portrayed him very negatively.
The drama continues for #MeghanMarkle in the days leading up to her #RoyalWedding. A source tells ET that she is "devastated" by her father's decision to not attend after his paparazzi photo scandal and still wants him there. And sounds like he just might show up, after all. Thomas Markle told TMZ today that he has changed his mind and will attend if his health allows it. While all the back and forth may be uncommon for a royal wedding, it's pretty relatable for any bride or groom. Did you experience any family drama ahead of your big day? (?: Getty Images)
When asked if Thomas would attend, Samantha remarked, “I hope so,” and went on to say that their father “had the right to defend himself.”
It’s been a tough adjustment for Markle’s family, considering before the engagement was announced, the media rarely focused on Meghan and her family at all.
But after the reports of their engagement circulated, all of a sudden, the media became overly focused on Markle’s family. The result was damaging.
“He was quite depressed” over a lot of the media articles, Samantha explained. A source who spoke with us yesterday stated, “Meghan is obviously bothered by these new reports, but it is what it is. She’s just focused on making her wedding work. She’s still really excited about it and is committed to Harry.”