Meghan Markle's father pulls out of May 19 royal wedding following 'embarrassing' photo shoot with paparazzi agency

There have been multiple reports on Meghan Markle‘s family members as the countdown continues for the May 19 Royal Wedding.

The latest is Meghan’s father Thomas Markle is involved in a photo scandal after taking part in an arranged photoshoot with a paparazzi agency. He was caught posing for snaps which reportedly sold for £100k

And for that he will not be walking her down the aisle with his daughter on Saturday after getting backlash for getting paid and staging photos for the paparazzi.

Thomas, 73, said he would no longer be flying to Britain, after the embarrassing disclosures about his dealings with the paparazzi.

He told TMZ, he meant no harm to Meghan or the Royal Family when he made a deal to allow a photo agency to take pictures of him getting ready for the wedding. He says he had a reason and it was not principally about money.

He said over the last year he's been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him in the most unflattering circumstances ... buying beer, looking disheveled and reclusive. He's especially upset that they made him look like a lush. Thomas says he doesn't even drink beer ... he was buying it for the guards at the place where he lives.

He says since his daughter started dating Prince Harry he's been offered anywhere between $50,000 and $100k for interviews and he's turned all of them down.

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.

He admits the pictures look "stupid and hammy." He says he was just going along with the paparazzi agency, which he now deeply regrets.

And, Thomas says, he suffered a heart attack 6 days ago but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the wedding. He's now decided not to go because he doesn't want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter.

Thomas' decision leaves arrangements for the Royal wedding in doubt, and Ms Markle without her father on the biggest day of her life.

It also raises the question that her mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her down the aisle, or that she will be accompanied by a member of the Royal family or make the journey alone.
Meghan Markle and mother

Ms Markle is reported to be distressed and deeply worried about her father, who has been struggling to cope with being in the spotlight as a result of her engagement.

She is now being supported by Prince Harry as she contemplates her wedding going ahead without him.

Secondly Meghan Markle‘s extended family has already arrived in London even though they were not invited to the wedding.

Un-invited family member of Meghan Markle
Meghan's nephew Tyler and his brother, Thomas Dooley, arrived at London Heathrow Airport along with their mother Tracy Dooley, who was the wife of Meghan's half brother, Thomas Markle Jr. Despite no invite, the family does have a purpose there -- they will be special correspondents on "Good Morning Britain"

The Palace has released a statement on the situation surrounding Meghan‘s father skipping the Royal Wedding.

The statement reads:
This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.

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