Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle will reportedly not be attending the royal wedding.
According to TMZ, Thomas Markle suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital so that he could attend Meghan and Prince Harry’s nuptials.
However, the website notes that Thomas will no longer be walking Meghan down the aisle on Saturday following a recent photo controversy.
Kensington Palace has released a statement, saying “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation”.
Over the weekend, Meghan’s father was accused of staging paparazzi photos after he was photographed at an internet cafe researching the royal couple. According to TMZ, Thomas regrets taking the photos, calling them “stupid and hammy,” and will not be attending the wedding because he doesn’t want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family.
On Monday, Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, claimed while on the British talk show Loose Women that she was behind the photos that were allegedly staged of Thomas, and said her intention was to “benefit the royal family that everyone looked good and they depict you as you are.”