The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just a few days away and while Meghan's close friend and Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra has made it to the guest list, she hasn't found a place in Meghan's list of bridesmaids.
But they have been overshadowed by Ms Markle's relatives on her father's side, who have been barred from Saturday's nuptials following unwelcome stories of bust-ups, heavy drinking - and even an arrest.
Also in the United Kingdom - though not at the chapel - are members of Markle's extended family. But on Wednesday morning Thomas told the website that he needed to have a heart operation to clear a blockage and fit a stent meaning he's unable to travel.
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The bride-to-be's parents are divorced and while Harry has been pictured with her mother Doria Ragland (61), there had been speculation about how Thomas, a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, would feature. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support.
Thousands of journalists from across the world are descending on the genteel town of Windsor for the wedding, and Thomas told TMZ that the media attention had taken its toll.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have invited a slew of celebrities to attend their royal wedding on May 19. "They have an wonderful relationship, they're very close and they always have been".
Ragland, who has reportedly already arrived in Britain, is expected to spend Friday night with her daughter in a plush hotel before travelling with her by vehicle to Windsor Castle. "I would like to give it to her in person, but if not I will certainly send it".