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Meghan Markle's Dad Suffers Heart Attack, Not Attending Royal Wedding Amid Photo Controversy

Meghan Markle's Dad Suffers Heart Attack, Not Attending Royal Wedding Amid Photo Controversy

Meghan Markle‘s father Thomas will not be attending her royal wedding to Prince Harry and explained why to TMZ.

You may have read a story suggesting Thomas staged recent paparazzi photos for money. Well, Thomas wants everyone to know that the photo staging was “not principally about money,” but rather, because he’s recently been “ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him in the most unflattering circumstances.”

He then said he was offered money by this specific photo agency, and he thought he could perhaps rebrand his image. He also added that he’d been offered way more money in the past to do interviews and he’d always turned them down. He added that he regrets doing the photo shoot.

To add to things, Thomas unfortunately suffered a heart attack six days ago. He checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend, but unfortunately in light of the photo news becoming public, “he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter,” and will not be attending.

The royal wedding is set to take place on Saturday (May 19).

See recent photos of Thomas in the gallery…

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Posted to: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Thomas Markle

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  • Angie

    Yikes! It’s just constant drama coming from her dad and his side of the family.

  • Robin

    What a drama filled family.

  • jo22k

    There is nothing wrong of him wanting to have nice photos to represent him to the media if all they’ve gotten are unflattering ones. He should go, it’s his daughters WEDDING.

  • Casey C

    for all anyone knows, she now doesnt want him there. tht side of her family as done nothing but sell stories and photos. theyre an embarassment

  • Casey C

    wow, and people thought the Middletons were social climbing money grabbing wannabes…Markle family out to outdo!

  • J.K.

    Click on the link that says “staged”… it’s actually really pathetic what he did.

  • Casey C

    not to mentioon the family’s story keeps changing – one minute they’re not staged, then the other daughter took the fall and said he knew nothing about it and it was all for the benefit of Meghan and the RF and now he’s admitting it was all him. they’re trash. pure and simple

  • Pamela

    Not to be rude, but the royal family has their own drama and issues. I think it’s rather wild for anyone in the Royal house to be pointing a finger at anyone.

    JUST because you have a marriage, or name, or any kind of royal or noble blood doesn’t make you better than anyone else.

    As a matter of fact, I find many of these people lack basic manners and genteelity and hospitality. AND I notice that the QUEEN herself FIGHTS to make this ‘manners’ a priority but whiny people can’t seem to learn the right way to act.

    It’s not going to hurt any of you to swallow your mouths and let Harry marry whoever he wants. It’s his life. If you all are aware, he has every right to do what he likes.

  • Pamela

    I’m not even going to get into this blatant hypocrisy. Sounds like he was duped and some self absorbed over particular nut thinks this is “over the line.”
    You all are ruining Meghan’s day. I hope you all know that.

  • Pamela

    WHO GIVES A CRAP!

  • Casey C

    Please, oh please, point out to me where I said he couldn’t marry whomever he wanted. Nothing i said wasn’t true – her paternal family have sold stories to anyone they can, one has written a book, others sell stories about how they’re surprised about not getting invited despite not speaking to her in 20 years, others are staging photos and then lying about it (the story on how the staged photos happened has changed three times) and they fake photo ops. They’re out to get all they can from a woman they’ve not spoken to in (in some cases) decades. if I were MM I would be mortified, and would have banned them all from the event, let alone had one walk me down the aisle.

  • Pamela

    Should I run down a list of embarassments that has occurred in the last 40 years in the Royal Family? Should I do that!?

    And you all are here, judging her.

    Please get over yourselves. Ultimately, you are embarassing the Queen herself. If her father isn’t going to be there, who is the gentleman going to stand up, be a man, and walk her down the aisle?

    This is a monumental huge opportunity to show the WHOLE WORLD the Royals aren’t a bunch a whiny superfluous self absorbed despots…..take this opportunity and run with it!!!!!! BE GRACIOUS!

  • Pamela

    For the life of me, why didn’t they just run off to Vegas????

  • Casey C

    Do you know how many women aren’t walked down the aisle by their fathers? Either through death or estrangement? Family friends, or other male members of the family often step in. it happens literally every day. if he hadn’t wanted to risk being uninvited (very possibly by MM herself for using her future connections as a get-rich quick scheme) he shouldn”t have done what he did.

    At no point was I judging HER, i was judging a side of her family thats been estranged for years, and I have a right to. he put himself out there, as have they, all leeching off HER success and engagement.

  • Maria

    I suspect these are some of the reasons she is estranged from that side of her family. You can’t choose your family and the best thing is to distance yourself from the drama. Meghan is right to not include them.

  • Pamela

    Ok… lol
    So all the Royals are the only one’s allowed to take pictures. There’s a rule that forbids anyone else to take pictures…..That’s not even saying that I think the poor man was conspired against and duped.

    Get rich quick scheme? You think @ 100,000 is a large number in this world?

    All he was going to do is walk her down the aisle and go home after it was thankfully over. Not move into Kensington Palace. All families have issues, Meghan is just leaving one family with issues to another family with issues in the public eye.

    Well, maybe now she can at least wear a tiara. *eyeroll*

  • Pamela

    Yes. She shouldn’t have anyone at her wedding who’s going to overload it with drama.
    From anyone. It’s not fair. And all these articles are inappropriate at best.

  • cuzjcacjo

    LMFAO. she’s TRASH

  • KS_in_TP

    What a mess. I mean, seriously, these people have no dignity and no scruples.

  • KS_in_TP

    I just can’t figure out why he did this. It must have been for money — I can’t understand what purpose it was supposed to serve if it wasn’t about money.

  • Gina

    Right, and all the racists thought that the black side of her family would be the source of the drama.

  • mearcatt

    pffft… yeah, not buying for a second the guy even had a heart attack. that’s just a convenient story for why he isn’t attending, aka he’s probably banned.

  • Pamela

    I just came back to say, I was right.

    You’re a good kid Harry, don’t forget that.