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Meghan Markle’s father may skip the wedding

PUBLISHED: 12:25 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 15 May 2018

Kensington Palace has responded to reports Ms Markle's father Thomas may not attend her wedding to Prince Harry.  Picture: VICTORIA JONES/ PA WIRE

Kensington Palace has responded to reports Ms Markle's father Thomas may not attend her wedding to Prince Harry. Picture: VICTORIA JONES/ PA WIRE

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have appealed for “understanding and respect” to be given to the American actress’ father amid speculation he has pulled out of the royal wedding.

Thomas Markle has been caught up in controversy after he allegedly staged paparazzi photographs of himself in the run-up to the ceremony being held at Windsor Castle this Saturday.

Speculation that Mr Markle will not walk his daughter down the aisle began after a celebrity website claimed he would not attend, following the fallout from the pictures.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding.

“She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”

Kensington Palace would not comment further.

Ms Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, attempted to shoulder some of the blame when she earlier tweeted it was her idea for Mr Markle to pose for what she described as “positive photos” in a bid to combat his “bad” portrayal in the press, but stated it was not done for money.

She wrote: “The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault.

“The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family.

“We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money.”

The pictures were published earlier this month in a number of newspapers and news websites showing Mr Markle in a series of royal wedding related activities, apparently unaware he was being snapped.

Mr Markle was pictured being measured for what was thought to be his wedding suit, looking at screen pictures of Ms Markle and Harry while in an internet cafe, and reading a picture book about Britain while having a coffee.

The celebrity website TMZ first reported that Meghan’s father had pulled out of the wedding.

The site stated that it had spoken to the US actress’ father, saying: “He’s now decided not to go because he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter.”

Keep up-to-date with our coverage of The Royal Wedding here.

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