Markle seeks respect for dad after report he'll skip wedding

Meghan and Thomas Markle

Meghan and Thomas Markle

The royal family has been hit with a new scandal: According to a claim by TMZ, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, will not walk his daughter down the aisle or attend the May 19 wedding.

"Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment", the November 2016 statement from Kensington Palace read.

The Daily Mail reports that Thomas Markle was caught on CCTV collaborating with Los Angeles-based paparazzi photographer Jeff Rayner on a series of photos that were sold to publications around the world for up to £100,000 (~$136,000).

Markle told TMZ he suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the wedding. On Monday night the palace issued a statement asking for Thomas Markle's privacy to be respected, just hours after issuing another cease and desist letter to national newspapers.

He had also been expected to meet the queen, her husband and the other senior members of the Windsor family this week.

As per media reports, Thomas is known to be a private person, a fact that had anxious Meghan about how would he handle the pressures of being in a constant limelight.

He spent many years supervising the lighting and camera crew for the "Married.With Children" television show and often brought young Meghan to the set at Sunset Gower Studios.

Last night United States gossip website TMZ claimed to have spoken "on the record" to Miss Markle's father, who confirmed he had worked with the freelance photographer to set up images of him being measured for his wedding suit and searching online for articles about his daughter.

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He told TMZ he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family after reports he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer for a fee.

In her tweet, Samantha Markle said: "The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault".

After defending her father from the "media vultures", Piers then went for the kill: 'There's no bigger media vulture with this wedding than you, is there, Miss Markle?

Harry and Markle have invited 600 guests to the wedding, which will be followed by a gala reception hosted by the queen.

Her mother Doria Ragland is a 61-year-old yoga instructor and clinical therapist. She gave no dates for when any of those events took place.

"It will be all right", said Dilia Rigley.

Samantha Markle, the actress's half-sister, told the Good Morning Britain TV programme she hoped he would still be there but it depended on his health. "#RoyalWedding news! The night before their wedding, #HarryandMeghan will stay at separate hotels around Windsor: Harry will stay at the @CoworthParkUK with Prince William".

"Apparently the first they heard about Thomas pulling out of the wedding was via TMZ", a source tells Vanity Fair.

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