Kensington Palace said that Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting “understanding and respect” for Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, after a celebrity news site reported he would not attend the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle.
A palace statement on “this difficult situation” did not confirm that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend Saturday’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The palace said earlier it would not comment on the report and its statement did not clarify whether the bride’s father would or would not be at the wedding. Reports suggested Thomas Markle was upset over the way his decision to have staged paparazzi photos taken of him preparing for the wedding had been received and decided to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family.
Thomas Markle was all set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the church ceremony, and Ragland, her mother, was to ride to the chapel with her daughter. Apparently Meghan’s 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. There is some speculation that Doria Ragland may end up walking Meghan Markle down the aisle as well as travelling with her to the church.