A copy of a statement published by Meghan Markle by Kensington Palace confirming her father, Thomas Markle, will not attend her wedding Saturday. (Kensington Palace / AP)
LONDON – Well, now we've made it. The whole sad and depressing tabloid side show – will Meghan Markle's father walk his daughter down the hall? (19659003) In a statement from Kensington Palace on Thursday morning, the future royal bride announced, "Unfortunately, my dad will not attend our wedding."
This ends the tormenting cliffhanger – powered on the TMZ Celebrity News website, which dribbled the bar – whether Thomas Markle's heart health and his ability to resist the pressure of a royal wedding would allow the 73-year-old to retire from Mexico to travel to the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of his daughter with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle on Thursday said: " I've always looked after my dad and I hope he can be, given the space he needs to focus on his health. "
She added," I want to thank everyone who offered generous messages of support Please know how much Harry and I are looking forward to sharing our special day on Saturday. "
Thomas Markle's health has been in the last few days Subject of confused and contradictory reports.
Last week, TMZ reported Markle had suffered a heart attack; checked out of the hospital; recovers; had chest pain; was to "pop Valium" to calm down; went back to the hospital; and then on Wednesday had surgery to remove constipation and have three stents installed.
TMZ said Markle's senior was now "vigilant and coherent."
It quoted saying, "I'm OK, it's going to take a long time to heal, stay in hospital for a few more days, do not get upset."
Markle's stress was exacerbated by the upcoming wedding. The British press reported that paparazzi had moved in alongside his home in Mexico. He complained about being poorly portrayed, buying beer, and trading the hermit.
That was when Meghan Markle's alienated half-sister Samantha Markle, author of the upcoming "Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister," persuaded Markle the Elder to pose for and get paid for paparazzo-shooting
Samantha Markle said the television talk show "Loose Women" that "I have to say that I'm the culprit."
"As we know, the media can make very ugly photos of things day," she said. "They photograph you in a flattering way, so I said, you have to show the world that you get in shape and do good things."
According to reports, the elder Markle was unhappy with the photos, which he said were "hammy-like." And ashamed that there were rumors of a recoil from the palace with wrinkled faces.
He was also over the coals – from people like Piers Morgan – raked because he had taken the money and profited from his daughter's upcoming marriage. " 19659018] Then Thomas Markle began to say that he would not go to his daughter's wedding because he was ashamed of what he had done and did not want to embarrass Meghan, Harry, and the royal family.
All this raises an additional question. Kensington Palace has a small army of very ingenious P.R. professionals. British columnists wondered aloud why not one or two of them were deployed to help Thomas Markle get into the roaring propellers of a globalized entertainment known as a royal wedding.
You should have known that he was in a weak position, harassed by offers and photographers and supported by well-intentioned family members and false friends.