As the royal wedding in England draws nearer, Thomas Markle, father of American actress Meghan Markle and fiancee of Prince Harry, said he would not attend the couple’s glittering wedding in Britain this weekend, according to a report by TMZ.
The report said Thomas Markle had decided not to attend the marriage of his daughter to the prince, who is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, because he did not wish to embarrass the royals after media reports that he had staged paparazzi photographs.
Kensington Palace has asked for some understanding over the report.
“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.”
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A spokeswoman for the prince declined to comment directly on the report or to say whether the statement meant Markle’s father would be at the wedding.
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.
He had also been expected to meet the queen, her husband and the other senior members of the Windsor family this week.
However, Britain’s Mail on Sunday reported that Markle had agreed to stage pictures with a photographer ahead of his trip and the images had been sold to media for more than $100,000.