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Meghan Markle devastated as father pulls out hours to royal wedding

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Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 04:01

Thomas Markle told TMZ that he will go into surgery at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to fix extensive damage from a heart attack he believes was triggered due to the open letter his son, Thomas Jr., wrote to Prince Harry trying to discourage him from marrying Meghan. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this hard situation".

Thomas Markle (73), was quoted by some USA media as saying that he would not attend the royal wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family after paparazzi shots of him seemed to indicate he had been paid to pose for photographers.

Thomas Markle Sr. reportedly pulled out of the Royal Wedding amid accusations he colluded with paparazzi to stage a series of photos, believed to have sold for up to $100,000.

Three-year-old Princess Charlotte will be one of six young bridesmaids at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace has said.

May 13 - Reports say Thomas Markle staged paparazzi photos.

"Not only is [Markle] upset about the fact that that's not going to happen", ABC News' royal contributor Victoria Murphy said of Markle Sr. attending the wedding, "but she's obviously very anxious about him and what is going on". Mr Markle reportedly told TMZ that he's back in hospital after experiencing chest pains after he suffered a suspected heart attack.

Markle's half-sister, Samantha Grant, took the blame for the staged paparazzi shots of her father.

This follows other headline-grabbing moments involving her brother Thomas Jr and sister Samantha.

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Press photographers focus on Meghan Markle and she joins Britain's Prince Harry for a walkabout at Edinburgh Castle in February.

We'll see what happens over the next few days.

Karen Yaney, 64, from Chicago, said she hoped Markle's father would attend. "She obviously wants her dad there", a friend of the bride-to-be told the Daily Mail.

I wish the same for Meghan, Prince Harry, my children, friends, family and those who need our prayers and love.

She said the "positive photos" were meant to combat his "bad" portrayal in the press, and reiterated it was not done for money. According to TMZ, Thomas suffered a heart attack last week and has to have surgery on Wednesday (May 15). The most viewed clip YouTube featuring her is an interview the CBC conducted with her and her husband-to-be shortly after they announced their union. "But clearly the propriety should be whether or not it is safe for him to do that", Markle added.

The images of Thomas Sr emerged just days after Kensington Palace confirmed he would walk his daughter down the aisle. Reports have speculated that the royal bride-to-be's mother, Doria Ragland, 61, will be the person to give her daughter away on Saturday.

The Royal Wedding between the happy couple is expected to take place on May 19.

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