Meghan Markle's Father To Miss Royal Wedding

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"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this hard situation", a Kensington Palace statement said.

The report stated he grew to regret the photos and decided not to attend the wedding as not to embarrass the royal family or his daughter. He had been expected to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Palace also confirmed Thomas would be arriving in England in the week ahead of the wedding.

"We are so thrilled for Prince Harry and Meghan so wanted to bring some added sparkle and make our customers' journeys fit for a prince or princess to celebrate this incredibly special day", Carolina Martinoli, British Airways' Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said in a press release.

"I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques", wrote Meghan in an essay for ELLE UK on being mixed race.

Meghan Markle at ANZAC Day commemorations in April, 2018.

The BBC says "it is still very much Meghan Markle's wish that her father should be there on Saturday to support her".

TMZ also said he suffered a heart attack less than a week ago.

Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing at Manhattan Centre at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in NY.

"Thomas says the paparazzi agency approached him, offered him money - though nowhere near the reported $100k - and he figured there was no harm in it and it would help recast his image", TMZ reports.

Ms Markle has two paternal half-siblings, Ms Grant and Thomas Markle Jr.

Doctors "will go in and clear blockage, fix damage and put a stent where it is needed", the 73-year-old was quoted as telling TMZ, which said Markle realized it was all but impossible he would be able to walk his daughter down the aisle. "The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family", she tweeted on her private account Monday.

Thomas Markle was referring to Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Grant. "That was not the motive - it was my suggestion", she said. I said, you know, the world has no idea you're getting in shape, doing healthy things.

In the early days when Meghan would come to stay at the palace, she was met by guards who would take her bags. (Supplied) Harry and Meghan have have called for understanding.

Grant denied that her father would apologize for the fake pictures.