Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, will not attend the Royal wedding due to the publicity about the staged photos of himself. Thomas Markle told American publication TMZ on Monday that he skip the wedding and the opportunity to walk his daughter down the aisle.
He said he made the decision to skip the wedding so he wouldn’t embarrass the royal family or his daughter. CNN has reached out to Thomas Markle for comment over phone and over email but has yet to receive an answer.
CNN has learned that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are very concerned about the pressure Thomas Markle is under and want the media to give him some space. CNN has also learned that though Markle is upset about what has transpired, her feelings about having her father give her away on Saturday haven’t changed since photographs were published.
“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said Monday. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”