Meghan Markle's father may not attend royal wedding

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The palace refused to confirm whether her father would be attending the wedding on Saturday.

Meanwhile, at the very proper Lower Ward Shop inside Windsor Castle, they're selling imitation jewellery created to look like the earrings, necklace and ring in Meghan's engagement photo. Markle Sr. and the photographer chose the party shop for the photos because they arrived at the suit store after it closed.

However, reports in the U.S. yesterday quoted him as saying he had decided not to go after being caught co-operating with paparazzi "because he doesn't want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter".

He made the decision to be photographed after months of stalking by the media, according to TMZ.

"Meghan has been let down time and time again by her father's side of the family, but it's time to stop giving them a global platform and for the focus to shift instead to the incredible relationship Meghan and her mother share". She obviously wants her dad there.

"(Harry) is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him. the problems he causes.

He told me that he had a heart attack six days ago and he is not going to be at the wedding.

A recipient of two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on General Hospital, Thomas Markle has long retired from Hollywood and reportedly lives a low key life in Mexico beach town Rosarito, Business Insider reported in December. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation", the statement said. One set saw him reading a book about photos of Great Britain, another featured him clicking through a photo gallery of photos of his daughter and her fiancé at an internet cafe.

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While Meghan Markle deals with the last-minute change to her wedding party, Kensington Palace released a rather sympathetic statement to Entertainment Tonight regarding the absence of the bride's father.

May 13 - Reports say Thomas Markle staged paparazzi photos.

He added that he had repeatedly turned down offers of $50,000 to $100,000 for photos, but took up the offer from photographer Jeff Rayner.

In an interview on British TV network ITV, Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, said she urged their father to stage the photos to help improve his image.

In a freakish intervention, Samantha said she had advised her father to co-operate with the photographer to show himself - and, strangely, the Royal Family - in a "positive" light. Not surprisingly, Samantha has not been invited to the wedding.

The paper says the 73-year-old is reportedly anxious about attending the ceremony after allegations surfaced that he had staged a series of paparazzi shots.

Available only on the ABC News iOS app, the new AR feature gives the public the opportunity to take photos with a 3D model of the royal carriage and pose next to a Queen's Guard, then share these with family and friends on social media.

Meghan Markle's family is taking full advantage of their five minutes of fame (they have five days left).

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