Prince Henry of England and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, on April 25, 2018 at Westminster Abbey, in London
The probable absence of Meghan Markle’s father at his daughter’s wedding with Henry of England transformed what was emerging as a happy day in a family crisis that brings back the role of the yellow press on the table.
Kensington Palace announced Monday night that Meghan Markle was going through „a deeply personal moment,“ without confirming the father’s absence, announced by the press shortly before.
If confirmed, Thomas Markle would resign to attend the wedding at Windsor Castle and take his daughter to the altar, which now opens the question of who would, in a ceremony to be seen on television around the world and that will fill the streets of this English city.
According to the celebrity information portal TMZ, Thomas Markle alleged that he had a heart attack and also did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family, after agreeing to be photographed in fairly anodyne situations: looking at photos of his daughter and Enrique -also that he has not known personally-, reading a book about the United Kingdom or taking measurements for the suit.
– Physically and emotionally beaten –
The father has not heard from his daughter since he said he would not go to the wedding, TMZ said Tuesday. Thomas Markle announced to the American media that he was going to re-enter a hospital due to chest pains, and that he felt physically and emotionally beaten by this soap opera.
Markle, 73, also estimated that Meghan’s mother, his ex-wife Dora Ragland, was a good option to drive her to the altar.
There are not many more options, because none of his three uncles, among whom there is a former US diplomat and a bishop, have been invited to the wedding. Neither his stepbrother, who came to publicly advise Enrique not to marry Meghan.
The prince, sixth in the line of succession to the throne, has not known his father-in-law personally, and asked for his daughter’s hand on the phone.
Thomas Markle is a director of retired television lighting – he won an Emmy in 2011 for his work on the series „General Hospital“ – which lives in Mexico, near the US border.
– The palace asks for „respect“ –
„It’s a deeply personal moment for Mrs. Markle in the days leading up to her wedding,“ a spokesman for Kensington Palace, Prince Henry’s official residence, said Monday night in a brief statement.
„She and Prince Enrique ask for [Meghan] Markle’s new understanding and respect in this difficult situation,“ he added.
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When asked, the palace refused to specify the meaning of the statements or confirm whether Meghan Markle’s father will be on Saturday or not.
The images of Thomas Markle were taken by an agency in Los Angeles and sold to half the world for $ 100,000 (84,000 euros), according to the tabloid Daily Mirror.
According to relatives of Thomas Markle, quoted by the newspaper, the man feels „betrayed“ and „idiot“.
The stepsister of Meghan by her father, who is not invited to the wedding, took the blame for this episode. Samantha Grant explained on Twitter, according to The Times, because her account is restricted access, that the press had given a bad image of his father and advised him to take some photos to improve it.
The episode led to the palace of Kensington to warn against any publication of photos stolen from Thomas Markle and ask to respect his private life, in an episode that returns to relate to Henry of England with the paparazzi after the death of his mother in an accident of a car in Paris when I was being chased by a group of photographers.