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Meghan Markle's father 'won't attend royal wedding'

Meghan Markle's father 'won't attend royal wedding'

While Kensington Palace put out a cheerful press release about Harry and Meghan's wedding menu, Samantha Grant, Meghan Markle's outspoken half sister, claimed on British television that she masterminded the whole ordeal. The statement did not confirm or deny speculation surrounding his attendance.

"Both of the bride's parents will have important roles in the wedding", the statement said.

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).

However, the TMZ website reported on Monday that he had decided not to attend the glittering wedding at the castle, the home of English and British monarchs for nearly 1,000 years.

The reports of a possible no-show by Markle's father were splashed across the front pages of several British newspapers on Tuesday.

In a weird 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.

He added that he regrets doing the photo shoot. "It was not for money".

Now it appears that Patrick will get set to meet her real-life Prince Charming as she joins the Royal family this weekend.

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For the uninitiated, the ceremony will take place at "midday" at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday May 19th, with the Archbishop of Canterbury officiating. "I merely wanted him to be seen in a respectable light and that wasn't being done".

Earlier on Monday, Kensington Palace said Meghan Markle and her mother would be staying at a luxurious hotel near Windsor the night before the ceremony. According to family friends he is "devastated" that he has embarrassed his daughter, and that the episode has cast a shadow over the royal family and the forthcoming wedding. He also said he had a heart attack several days ago.

There is no royal protocol to prevent Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, from walking her daughter down the aisle.

"(Harry will be feeling) guilty and frustrated and impotent; he's tried to protect her as much as he could and here he is at the last fence, failing miserably, but it's not his fault", Junor told CNN.

The poll by polling firm YouGov showed that 57 percent of respondents believed the royal family should pay not only for the wedding but also for the costs of police.

'She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this hard situation'. She captioned it: "Dear Paris, I'm pleased to introduce you to my littlest one". While 60 percent of respondents say they like Queen Elizabeth, her son Charles is far less popular.

There was no independent confirmation that Mr Markle had been ill, however.

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