Will Meghan Markle's father skip the royal wedding?

Royal wedding preparations

The royal family has been hit with a new scandal: According to a claim by TMZ, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, will not walk his daughter down the aisle or attend the May 19 wedding.

Thomas Markle would walk his daughter down the aisle and her mother would drive with her daughter to the chapel.

On Monday, the TMZ website broke the claims that Thomas Markle was going to pull out of the ceremony after it emerged he had staged paparazzi photos for money. She said reporters had also harassed him at his home and that he recently suffered a heart attack.

"They [doctors] will go in and clear blockage, fix damage and put a stent where it is needed", he told the site. He is also still scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle during her and Prince Harry's wedding.

The palace could not be reached for further comment. In an effort not to embarrass his daughter or the the royal family, he says, Thomas Markle told the outlet he won't be attending the royal wedding. The reasons behind it involve staging paparazzi photos of himself and suffering a heart attack a week before.

Harry's office said last week that all the bridesmaids would be children and that Markle had decided not to have a maid of honor because she could not choose between her friends.

"The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault", she tweeted. That said, it is a sexist and retrogressive practice as the bride is independent and she shouldn't let another person control that-most especially at her own wedding.

But now it turns out his health, rather than embarrassment, will prevent him from being by her side.

Staging the photos was meant to counter the way he had been "so unfairly presented in the media as being sort of shabby".

Royal Wedding preparations
A royal wedding rehearsal through the streets of Windsor

Meanwhile, Kensington Palace officials have announced Prince Harry and his new wife will attend their first royal engagement as a married couple on May 22, just three days after their wedding.

Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, is expected to visit with the queen and senior royals this week before the wedding.

With the mother and daughter being so close, it's hardly surprising that Doria has a special role on the day, set to stay with Meghan in Windsor the night before the wedding and then ride in the auto to the church with her.

"We're here! Yay!" she said, posting pictures of London landmarks, after they were spotted pushing luggage through Heathrow Airport. Thomas shared that Meghan was not upset about the wedding prep situation. Since retired, he has been living in Mexico.

Harry and Meghan will marry at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in front of a very select crowd.

The Daily Mail reported that police were clearing away sleeping bags and other possessions belonging to homeless people in Windsor ahead of the wedding.

"It's disappointing for her", said Jean Rice, 48, from Orlando.

"I really thing that it's a disgrace, definitely".

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