Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle—who admitted she convinced her father, Thomas Markle, to stage paparazzi pics of himself preparing for his daughter's wedding—hopes their dad will reconsider his decision not to attend the royal wedding.
This morning, Meghan's half-sister told U.K. morning show Good Morning Britain, “I spoke to [Thomas] early in the morning yesterday and he was quite depressed over an unbelievable series of events involving the media.”
Six days prior to revealing he would not attend the royal wedding, Thomas Markle had a heart attack, but checked himself out of the hospital early in hopes of making it to his daughter's special day. Once news broke about him staging the paparazzi pics, that all changed.
Though Thomas admitted he didn't want to cause his daughter or the royal family "anymore embarrassment," Samantha says his health has become a major factor in deciding whether or not he can walk Meghan down the aisle on her special day.
"...And as far as whether or not he had a heart attack, people have had heart attacks they didn’t know they’d had until they had an EKG. They’re not always that loud. They’re not always that dramatic. For him that was the case.”
“He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack. It was an unbelievable amount of stress–by his report they were stabilizing him. I think he wants to go to the hospital and get checked out. I don’t know as of today what his plans are, but there’s a very real concern, I wanted to see him go [to the wedding], I didn’t want him deprived of that. But clearly the priority should be whether or not it’s safe for him to do that. That’s where we’re at.”
"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."