London: Former Hollywood lighting director and Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle has refused to attend her daughter's wedding to Prince Harry.
The bombshell revelation came as he admitted he was paid to pose for paparazzi pictures sold to news outlets worldwide. As reported by the Sky News, Thomas took this decision after some pictures were released which showed him colluding with photographers which left him "deeply embarrassed".
Following this, the official Twitter handle of the Royal spokesperson Charlie Proctor said it is a personal moment for the family while requesting the people to understand Thomas.
"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", the statement read.
Thomas Markle had reportedly suffered a heart attack but checked himself out earlier to prepare for the wedding.
Later a couple of pictures were leaked depicting Thomas was caught unawares being measured for his wedding suit, looking at pictures of his daughter and her husband-to-be at an internet cafe, and reading a book about Britain while out having a coffee.
As per media reports, Thomas is known to be a private person, a fact that had worried Meghan about how would he handle the pressures of being in a constant limelight.
Meghan's mother Ragland is reported to stay with Meghan at the Cliveden House Hotel upon her arrival. Meghan and Prince Harry are set to tie a knot on May 19 at England's Windsor Castle.