Here’s Why Meghan Markle’s Dad Is Reportedly No Longer Attending The Wedding

In a shocking turn of events, TMZ reported Monday Meghan Markle’s father isn’t going to the royal wedding, nor will he walk Markle down the aisle. There’s been much drama since the Daily Mail reported Monday Samantha Grant, Markle’s half-sister, revealed on Twitter she is to blame for their father staging "paparazzi" photographs that were made to help Mr. Markle look charming doing royal wedding-themed tasks. And now, he’s reportedly not attending Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19. So, who will walk Markle down the aisle? Bustle has reached out to Kensington Palace for comment regarding TMZ’s report about Markle’s father, but did not receive an immediate response.

According to TMZ, Mr. Markle told the publication he didn’t mean any harm to his daughter or the British Royal Family when he agreed to the staged photos. Apparently, Mr. Markle didn’t do it for the money (he’s reportedly turned down other interviews for between $50,000 and $100,000) and told TMZ over the last year he’s been photographed in unflattering ways by the paparazzi and the photogs even made him look like a "lush". Mr. Markle reportedly also told TMZ he doesn’t drink beer, but he bought it for the security guards where he lives.

According to TMZ, Mr. Markle didn’t think he was doing anything wrong when he accepted money from the paparazzi agency and believed it would help improve his image. Mr. Markle reportedly told TMZ the photos of him look "stupid and hammy" and now he even regrets it. Mr. Markle has reportedly chosen not to attend the royal wedding, not because he reportedly suffered a heart attack six days ago, so he doesn’t further embarrass Markle or the royal family.

At this time, and if the reports are true, official details haven’t been released about who will be by Markle’s side as she walks down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel. Though, there’s a chance her mother, Doria Ragland, will take over for Mr. Markle.

As revealed by the Royal Family’s press secretary on May 4, Ragland is already riding in the car with Markle to Windsor Castle. Plus, Markle reportedly wanted her mother to walk her down the aisle to begin with, according to a source who spoke with E! News in January. So, maybe now Ragland will have even a bigger presence at her daughter’s wedding.

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