Reportedly, Thomas Markle will not be walking Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry Saturday. Thomas, a former television lighting director, said Monday he had recently suffered a heart attack. Furthermore, he does not want to embarrass Meghan or the Royal Family any further, after it was revealed Sunday he'd staged his paparazzi pictures.
Kensington Palace did not confirm Thomas' abrupt absence, saying only, "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." Samantha Grant, Meghan's half-sister, took the fall for their father on ITV's Loose Women Monday. After Thomas reportedly spoke to TMZ that afternoon, she appeared via satellite on ITV's Good Morning Britain Tuesday to shame the world's media for invading her dad's privacy.
"He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse," she said of Thomas, who lives in Mexico. "He is a very intelligent man. He's been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years. He wanted peace and quiet. He was avoiding the media. He hadn't spoken with the press and was doing just that. But when he called me panicking on the freeway because he's in a dangerous situation, being followed by seven or eight cars…I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be. He was so stressed out; they rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them. He can't open his blinds. He can't go anywhere without being followed, and really, it's quite atrocious and intrusive—and I think it's highly unethical."