Thomas Markle: Meghan's father pulls out of royal 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.

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding".

The Daily Mail initially cast doubt on the heart attack claim, saying that it confirmed that Thomas did not seek medical attention on the day of the reported heart attack but spent "all day" inside his home.

Markle Sr. reportedly canceled his plans after reports came out that he worked with the paparazzi on a series of staged photos that brought shame upon the royal family (or something).

Ms Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, said she hoped her father would be at the ceremony. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation".

But the reasoning behind it is no longer about those paparazzi pics or the Markle family's strained relationships; now, we're learning Thomas actually needs serious, urgent heart surgery ASAP.

The site also said he suffered a heart attack less than a week ago.

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Dooley is expected to cover the royal wedding for an American broadcasting network and said she "will be in the front row cheering them on" in Windsor. "Any time there is or has been negative press about Meghan, he always blows it off and acts as though it's them two against the world".

Meghan Markle is the daughter of Thomas Markle with Doria Ragland and her parents chose to split when she was still young.

Her future father-in-law, Prince Charles, is also a contender with odds of 2/1, as is Prince William and Prince Philip. Markle told the website he looked "stupid and hammy".

"Before anybody really knew who she was, beyond those who watched Suits, she used a platform, that was relatively small, to talk about women's equality, women's education, health and clean water", says Hammer of Markle on the primetime special.

Meanwhile, Ms. Meghan's extended family has begun arriving in the United Kingdom despite not being on the guest list.

Harry and Markle have invited 600 guests to the wedding, which will be followed by a gala reception hosted by the queen.

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