Thomas Markle - Meghan Markle's father - says he will no longer be attending his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry.
The Mail on Sunday discovered that many paparazzi photos of Thomas were staged. Photographed in Rosarito, Mexico, where he currently lives, Tom was seen visiting an internet café to look at images of Meghan and her fiancé, Prince Harry. Other supposedly "candid" pictures showed Thomas reading Images of Britain: A Pictorial Journey Through History and getting fitted for a tuxedo.
However, surveillance footage showed Thomas talking to a paparazzo before the pictures were taken. Meghan's estranged half-sister took responsibility:
"As we know the media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. I said, 'You know, the world has no idea you're getting in shape, doing healthy things. They don't photograph you buying vegetables and PH water. They photograph you as unflattering ways as they can.' I said, 'Really, you need to show the world that you're getting in shape and doing great healthy things.' So, I suggested it."
Hours after Samantha's interview, Thomas told TMZ the photos look "stupid and hammy." He argued he merely did as the paparazzi agency told him, which he later came to regret. Thomas added that he suffered a heart attack six days ago, but checked himself out of the hospital in order to attend the wedding. He told TMZ he has now decided not to walk Meghan down the aisle, because he doesn't want to embarrass Meghan or the Royal Family on her wedding day.
"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."