Meghan Markle's father decides not to go to Royal Wedding, TMZ reports

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Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle asked for "understanding" for the father of the American actress after the USA celebrity news site TMZ reported on Monday he would not attend the couple's glittering wedding in Britain this weekend.

TMZ said Thomas Markle was upset over the way his decision to have staged paparazzi photos taken of him preparing for the wedding has been received and chose to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family.

Samantha Markle told Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that Thomas Markle panicked while driving on the highway because he was being followed by numerous press cars.

The website also said Markle had revealed he had suffered a heart attack six days ago but had checked himself out of hospital in order to attend the wedding. Just days before the wedding, the British media outlet Mail on Sunday reported the 73-year-old father of the bride posed for a photographer at an internet cafe in Rosarito, Mexico, where he now lives.

While Kensington Palace have not specifically confirmed he will not be in attendance, they have released a statement asking for "understanding and respect" to be given to Mr Markle. The Associated Press has been unable to reach him for comment. According to the Daily Mail, she advised him to do it to paint him "in a positive light" before he walks Meghan down the aisle on May 19.

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TMZ said the father had a change of heart over the weekend after the British press reported he was paid to pose for photos that showed him getting measured for his wedding suit and making other preparations.

Markle's parents are divorced and while Harry has been pictured with her mother Doria Ragland, there had been speculation about what role her 73-year-old father, a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, would have.

Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha, tweeted Monday that she is to blame for the photo debacle. (Meghan's half-brother) will not be at the wedding.

There are doubts about whether Thomas Markle plans to attend Saturday's royal wedding.

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