Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle asked for "understanding" for the father of the American actress after the US celebrity news site TMZ reported on Monday he would not attend the couple's glittering wedding in Britain this weekend.
Markle will no longer be attending the royal wedding on May 19, as first reported by TMZ following the news that he had participated in staged paparazzi photos.
They will then travel together by auto to St. George's Chapel, where they were expected to meet Meghan's dad to walk her down the aisle.
He has also revealed he suffered a heart attack just six days ago, and checked himself out of hospital as he had been determined to attend the wedding.
"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding", said a spokesman.
While Kensington Palace have not specifically confirmed he will not be in attendance, they have released a statement asking for "understanding and respect" to be given to Mr Markle.More news: Mother of 10 kids says they weren't abused
He had also been expected to meet the queen, her husband and the other senior members of the Windsor family this week. She and Thomas both explained that it was to combat the media coverage that they felt portrayed him in a negative light. Since retired, he has been living in Mexico.
Thomas Markle was set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the church ceremony, and Ragland plans to ride to the chapel with her daughter. A party store assistant told the Mail he was paid $15 by Thomas to help measure him for his wedding suit in one image. The website reported that he said money was not his primary motivation for agreeing to be photographed and he was opting to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family.
The half-sister of Meghan Markle says their father has been put in a "dangerous situation" because of pressure from the press.
A spokeswoman for the prince declined to comment directly on the report or to say whether the statement meant Markle's father would be at the wedding.
"The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault".