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Meghan Markle’s Father Decides Not to Attend Royal Wedding

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While the world is preparing for the next royal wedding, which takes place in four short days on May 19, Meghan Markle’s father is planning on relaxing at home.

According to TMZ, Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, won’t be sitting upon royals this Saturday after a paparazzi scandal that involved him selling photos of himself prepping for the wedding.

Thomas claims he’s been approached for interviews repeatedly ever since Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement earlier this year. He says he turned them all down, even though he was getting offer between $50K - $100K, but reached out to a paparazzi agency to arrange a photo shoot to create images that would paint him in a positive light.

Why?

Mr. Markle says that the paparazzi has released images that show him in the most “unflattering circumstances ... buying beer, looking disheveled and reclusive,” TMZ reports. And he ultimately just wanted to clean up his public image.

Now that the word’s out about Thomas working with a paparazzi agency, he’s opted to remove himself from Meghan’s wedding ceremony to avoid unnecessary attention and royal drama.

Markle’s father says he “deeply regrets” working with the agency.

Six days ago, Thomas suffered a heart attack, but checked himself out so he could attend his daughter’s wedding.

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