Meghan Markle's father decides not to go to Royal Wedding, TMZ reports

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While Kensington Palace have not specifically confirmed he will not be in attendance, they have released a statement asking for "understanding and respect" to be given to Mr Markle. Everything to know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's weddingThe gossip site says Thomas recently suffered a heart attack and was upset over accusations he staged photos for paparazzi in exchange for a almost $140,000 payout.

Markle had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the queen's home to the west of London, at a ceremony which will be attended by Britain's royals and celebrities, and in the glare of the world's media.

A statement from the palace May 4 said Prince Harry and Markle were looking forward to welcoming her parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, to Windsor for the wedding.

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. The Associated Press has been unable to reach him for comment.

Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle was set to meet Prince Harry for the first time this week before walking her down the aisle on Saturday, but now the bride-to-be will become royal before the two men ever meet. Both were to be entertained this week by the queen and other senior royals, including Prince Charles and Prince William. A party store assistant told the Mail he was paid $15 by Thomas to help measure him for his wedding suit in one image.

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Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, has also spoken out, claiming it was her idea for her father to stage the photographs.

TMZ reports that he will not attend because he does not want to embarrass Meghan or the royal family.

When asked if the "difficult situation" referred to the staged photo shoots or Thomas' statement that he suffered a heart attack last week, the spokesperson stated, "We are not getting into further details".

"The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault", she tweeted.

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