Meghan Markle's dad no longer attending Royal wedding after selling pics to paps

Meghan Markle's dad won't be attending her royal wedding, as he is embarrassed by a series of posed photos that he set up.

Emily Treadgold

Meghan Markle's dad, Thomas Markle, was supposed to be walking her down the aisle. 


A statement was released in early May saying, "Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markles parents to Windsor for the wedding."


Now, it looks like her dad won't be attending after all. Thomas told TMZ that he wasn't going to his daughter's wedding since he suffered a heart attack last week and not to mention his staged photos have gone public.

I suggested it. Theres a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not. It was my suggestion that to benefit him and to benefit the royal family that everyone looked good and they depict you as you are in shape and doing healthy things.

Samantha Markle
Inside Edition

The Daily Mail published footage of Meghan's dad at a cafe in Mexico where he met with photographer Jeff Rayner. Together, they staged a handful of pictures for a nice chunk of change. In one set, they took photos of Thomas looking at pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan on a website. 


Thomas admitted to TMZ that he looks "stupid and hammy" now that the photo scandal has gone public and that he shouldn't have listened to the paparazzi.


A source told Us Weekly that Meghan is upset with the scandal. They told the outlet, "She doesnt want to let anything ruin her day and is trying to keep focus on the weekend."


The outlet added that her relationship with her father was strained. In light of the scandal, Thomas has decided not to attend the wedding.