Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Meghan Markle's sister Samantha: 'Staged pictures of dad were my idea'

Meghan Markle's sister Samantha: 'Staged pictures of dad were my idea'

A friend of Miss Markle, 36, and her fiancé, Prince Harry, told the Mail that she was standing by her father and pleaded for understanding, saying he was "not in a good place".

Lady Amelia Windsor may have become runway royalty in recent years, but she reportedly won't be making an appearance at her third cousin Prince Harry's wedding on Saturday. The statement did not confirm or deny speculation surrounding his attendance.

Before Markle Sr admitted to staging the paparazzi shots, Buckingham Palace released a statement telling the media to back off.

TMZ said Mr Markle had told them he regretted his decision to collaborate with the photographer, and did not want to cause further embarrassment to his daughter and to the royal family.

Then comes the news that he suffered a heart attack just seven days ago.

Mr Markle also told the website he felt like he needed to go to hospital again because he was anxious he was suffering another heart attack.

The reports of a possible no-show by Markle's father were splashed across the front pages of several British newspapers on Tuesday.

Samantha Grant said she had suggested her father pose for "positive" photographs. "It was not for money". Both were expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals in the days before the wedding.

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A palace statement on "this hard situation" did not confirm the TMZ report that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend Saturday's wedding at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Even worse, this footage came soon after Kensington Palace had asked photographers and journalists to "respect" Thomas Markle's privacy and stop pursuing him.

Harry will be joined by his brother and best man, Prince William at the lavish Coworth Park Hotel, while Meghan and her mother will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel. TMZ reports that after undergoing a wide range of tests at the hospital earlier this week, Thomas was told he needed surgery because the heart attack did significant damage. That's a steep price, I know, but if you have cash to spare your Meghan Markle Experience is just two clicks away-well, and a flight if you're not in the London area.

Britain's royal family requested "understanding and respect" be extended to Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, amid the "difficult situation". He met Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, at a Hollywood studio in the late '70s and the pair split when their daughter was still young.

"I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle", he said, according to TMZ.

"Let me clarify, he's 73, which makes him a bit more fragile", she said.

There was no independent confirmation that Mr Markle had been ill, however.

But there's another thing the future married couple - who are thought to be taking the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex - may have to do before exchanging vows.

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