Who Is Thomas Markle? Meghan Markle's Dad Bails on Royal Wedding

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She said, 'Can I say yes?

"This was his decision entirely", a source tells ET of the bride-to-be's father.

A photograph of her shaking the hand of a man with AIDS in 1987 did much to help to break down stigma around the illness - and her passion inspired Harry to carry on her work.

Speculation also has arisen over who will have the honor or accompanying Meghan down the aisle.

Charles and Diana began the tradition for royal newlyweds to kiss on the balcony outside Buckingham Palace, with Prince William and Kate following suit on their big day.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting "understanding and respect" for Markle's father after a celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle, Kensington Palace said Monday night.

However, Thomas Markle reportedly told TMZ he would no longer attend the wedding to avoid embarrassing the royal family and his daughter, telling TMZ he thought the photos were "stupid and hammy".

Samantha Markle told the TV show "Good Morning Britain" that journalists "rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them".

Markle and Prince Harry are due to Wednesday at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on Saturday, May 19. Despite the row, he will still walk his daughter down the aisle at the wedding.

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But TMZ said Markle Sr had "now decided not to go because he doesn't want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter".

Meghan and Prince Harry are set to tie a knot on May 19 at England's Windsor Castle.

"They don't photograph you buying vegetables and PH water". Although it is unclear if Thomas Markle was paid for the photos, the pictures were sold for about $100,000 around the world.

"This YouGov poll shows a very clear picture of a nation disinterested and apathetic about the royal family", Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, said.

Last night United States gossip website TMZ claimed to have spoken "on the record" to Miss Markle's father, who confirmed he had worked with the freelance photographer to set up images of him being measured for his wedding suit and searching online for articles about his daughter.

To add to the confusion, Mr Markle's daughter, Meghan's estranged half-sister Samantha, yesterday claimed that she was "the culprit" behind the humiliating photograph debacle.

He and Ms Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, divorced when Ms Markle was six years old. She is not among the 600 guests invited to Saturday's wedding.

"I don't think anything can quite prepare her", Cashmore said - though as "an independent-minded woman, brimming with confidence", Markle is well equipped to deal with intense media interest that is unlikely to fade.

Available only on the ABC News iOS app, the new AR feature gives the public the opportunity to take photos with a 3D model of the royal carriage and pose next to a Queen's Guard, then share these with family and friends on social media. We had no idea he would be taken advantage of.

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