Well, no one saw this coming! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day is on Saturday, and unfortunately, the father of the bride just decided that he will no longer attend.
According to TMZ, Thomas Markle suffered a heart attack recently, and for many, that would be a valid excuse to skip out on the wedding. But Markle’s reason has nothing to do with that. The 73-year-old is feeling all kinds of guilt for staging shots with a paparazzi agency, which would cause him even more shame if his face is shown at the royal wedding. Papa, bye.
As you’ve read, Meghan’s family clearly has several dysfunctional family members (who’s family doesn’t). But one takes the cake – Samantha Grant, Meghan’s estranged half-sister. Grant admitted that she was the one who arranged the staged photos of their dad, Thomas Markle.
On an episode of the UK’s chat show Loose Women, the sibling used vanity logic to justify the arrangement.
“I have to say I am entirely the culprit,” she said yesterday. “As we know the media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. I said, you know, the world has no idea you’re getting in shape, doing healthy things. They don’t photograph you buying vegetables and PH water. They photograph you as unflattering ways as they can.”
According to PEOPLE, the staged photos included Markle reading a book about photos of Great Britain and getting fitted for the suit he would wear at the wedding.
When the photos were revealed to be staged in an article by The Daily Mail on Sunday, Markle couldn’t take the embarrassment. He had turned down previous offers since his daughter and Prince Harry started dating that ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, and the one time, according to him, that he chose to bite, he was caught.
It is unclear how much Markle was offered for these staged shots, but a $100,000 figure is currently floating around. Whether Markle feels embarrassment or not, he is choosing to be in his feelings to the point where he is willing to miss his daughter’s big day.
And can you guess how Meghan feels? Kensington Palace released a statement yesterday asking the public to honor their very “deeply personal moment.”
“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” said a spokesman. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
There are still four more days to go before the ceremony. Hopefully, Markle sucks it up because I’m sure an apology and a comittment to never do that again will suffice. Here’s hoping.
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