The days before Meghan Markle's royal wedding should be filled with the final details for the big day, instead it's an unexpected family drama. First, her father Thomas Markle wanted to walk her down the hall. Then he decided not to attend the wedding after arranging with a paparazzi to hold several photo shoots before the big day. The next day he said he would attend the wedding – only if the doctors would unsubscribe him after he allegedly had a heart attack.
And that's not even the beginning of the drama, which last year was Meghan's half-siblings and cousins - all of whom are not invited to the big day. Here is a summary of everything you need to know about the Markle family and who you can expect to see at St. George's Chapel on Saturday.
Kensington Palace announced that it would do so on May 4th. "Both parents of the bride will have important roles in the wedding," the palace said in a statement. "On the morning of the wedding, Mrs. Ragland will travel to Windsor Castle with Mrs. Markle by car." Mr. Markle will lead his daughter through the St. George's Chapel walkway. "Mrs. Markle is pleased to introduce her parents to this important and to have a happy opportunity at their side. "
2. Then it became known that Thomas had conspired with paparazzi.
A report from Mail on Sunday revealed that Thomas, who lives in Mexico, had taken several photo shoots with a paparazzi. This happened after the palace had repeatedly asked the media to leave Thomas alone and give him privacy.
. 3 Meggan's half-sister, Samantha Markle, says she's behind the photos.
In an interview with ITV's Loose Women Samantha said she had given her dad the idea of posing for photos as presented in the media. She said that Thomas had not been satisfied with the photos of him that had been published and felt that they had painted him in a negative light. Contrary to many reports that Thomas had received a generous sum for the photos, Samantha said he was not financially motivated.
"I have to say, I'm the culprit," she said. "I said, really, you have to show the world that you are in shape and doing great, healthy things," she added. "So I suggested it, there is a lot of control that it motivated money, it was not, it was my suggestion that, to benefit him and benefit the royal family, that all looked good and they represented you like this, as you are – in shape and with healthy things. "
4. On Monday, Thomas Markle retired from the wedding.
After revealing that Thomas had staged photographs in collaboration with a paparazzi, Thomas told TMZ that he bowed to the royal wedding in order to avoid embarrassment from Meghan or the royal family. He argued that he posed for the photos, hoping to see a better portrayal of himself in the media, and that he did not do so to make a profit. Thomas also said that he had recovered from a heart attack but had checked out of the hospital to travel to London for the wedding.
5. On Tuesday he changed his mind again – after allegedly receiving a call and lyrics from Meghan. [Mark59008] Thomas Markle returned to his earlier proclamation on Tuesday and told TMZ that if he was healthy enough, he still hoped his daughter would go down the aisle. "I hate the idea of missing one of the biggest moments in the story and of walking my daughter down the aisle," he said. "Of course I would walk her down the aisle This is a historical moment I would like to be a part of the story"
However, he says his health could get in the way: he had severe chest pain and was hospitalized Tuesday, he told TMZ.
6. And then he said that he will not be able to operate on Wednesday.
Thomas spoke again with TMZ on Tuesday and told the sales outlet that he could not travel to England and attend the wedding because he underwent heart surgery on Wednesday morning. "You [doctors] will go in and remove obstructions, repair damage, and take a stent to where it's needed," he said.
This comes after Markle had a heart attack last week and suffered from chest pain overnight. He said he believes the heart attack was caused by the open letter his son, Thomas Markle Jr., wrote two weeks ago that Harry should not marry Meghan.
7. Meghan's half-siblings will not attend the wedding.
Although it looks as if Thomas could now come to his daughter's wedding, he will be one of the few Markles present. Her half-siblings, Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr., were not invited to the wedding.
8. Probably because she has no real relationship with them.
"Meghan has no relationship with her half-siblings, nor has she ever had one" told a source near Meghan PEOPLE . "They were out of the house at the time she was born."
9. Her half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. even wrote a devastating letter to Prince Harry.
In a handwritten letter published in In Touch on May 2, Markle's son Thomas Markle Jr. – Meghan's half-brother to her father's first marriage – said that Meghan's father had not received an invitation to the royal wedding, however the palace refuted that if they revealed, he would walk them down the aisle.
10. Meghan's half-sister Samantha also had strong words for Harry.
In December, Samantha fired on Prince Harry after referring to the family as a family that Meghans "never had." "She has a big family, and she always has, our father is unbelievable and totally devoted," Samantha tweeted in December. "We managed to have two houses, how funny it was!"
Later, however, she softened her attitude during a gig in the British Morning Show The Wright Stuff . "I do not think [Harry] meant it that way," she said. "He was referring to the family who are all in one place, and it's nice that she can have it, it's more about timing and geography, I was not hurt, Harry said a nice thing, marrying just extends that family .
11. Other Family Members Will Be in Britain for the Wedding, Even When Not Invited
Meghan's former sister-in-law Tracy Dooley, as well as her sons, Meghan's nephews, Tyler Dooley and TJ Dooley, were discovered Arrival at Heathrow Airport in London on Monday, although none of the trios were invited to the wedding. (Tracy says she has not seen Meghan for 20 years.) They are expected to appear as television commentators on the big day.
12. The presence of Meghan's mother Doria Ragland never came into question.
A member of Meghan's family who fortunately was dramatically free in the days leading up to the wedding? Her mother, Doria Ragland. Ragland, who already knows Prince Harry – he said she was "amazing" in her engagement interview – will spend the night before the wedding with Meghan at the Cliveden House Hotel and will be with her daughter when she visits St. George's Chapel to say "I do it" (And if Thomas changes his mind, Ragland may also have the opportunity to walk her down the aisle.)