Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Royal wedding: Meghan Markle’s dad may attend ceremony after all

 

Thomas Markle, 73, has reportedly pulled out of the royal wedding (Picture: ABC)

Meghan Markle's father has reportedly changed his mind and wants to attend her wedding to Prince Harry after pulling out following accusations of staging paparazzi photos.

Thomas Markle, 73, allegedly set up pictures of himself for the press in the run-up to the ceremony in Windsor on Saturday.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that he pulled out of the wedding because of the fallout from the photos.

But now TMZ reports Mr Markle has had a change of heart after speaking to the soon-to-be-princess, and wants to walk her down the aisle. The site says he will attend if his health improves enough after suffering a heart attack a week ago,

It was initially reported that Mr Markle decided not to participate as he doesn't want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter.

Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, defended their father, saying he was pressured into a "dangerous situation".

She told Good Morning Britain: "He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse. He's a very intelligent man, he's been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years.

"He had spoken with press and was doing just that, but when he called me panicking on the freeway because he's in a dangerous situation being followed by seven or eight cars, I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be.

"So he was so stressed out they rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them, he can't open his blinds, he can't go anywhere without being followed and really it's quite atrocious and intrusive and I think it's highly unethical.

"He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack, it was an unbelievable amount of stress."

If Mr Markle cannot attend there is speculation that Meghan's mother Doria could walk her down the aisle, that she might go alone, that Harry might meet her half way or that a member of the royal family might act as a substitute.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam told Yahoo: 'If possible she still obviously wants her father to walk her down the aisle as they share so many memories and it was being on set when she was a child and he was one of Hollywood's top lighting directors that made her want to be an actress.

'Her father is reclusive and has undoubtedly been unwise in his handling of the photographs. However this is her big day when she marries the world's most eligible royal bachelor and she naturally wants him to walk her down the aisle.'

(Yahoo News)