No one can believe this is actually happening . . . but it is. And just like a fairy tale, it has a tragic turn of events before the ‘Happily Ever After’ can take place. For Handsome Prince Harry and beautiful bride-to-be Meghan, their tragedy comes in the form of an embarrassing exposé in the press followed by a serious medical condition befalling her father. Both major events have led to the unhappy result of her father announcing that he will NOT attend her wedding after all.
People magazine confirmed Monday the report issued earlier by TMZ, stating that “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. Late Monday, Kensington Palace announced in a statement that Meghan was in the midst of a “deeply personal moment” following the surprise turn of events.”
It has truly been a roller coaster road for this bride-to-be thanks to her American family, fueled by bitterness stemming from the animosity that started years ago when Thomas Markle, Sr. divorced Samantha and Thomas, Jr.’s mother to marry Doria Ragland.
Then, along came baby Meghan who instantly drew Thomas, Sr. away from his original children and on to his newborn daughter. Hard feelings ensued, as is common in step situations.
Meghan’s half-siblings have had a field day in the press, painting a very unflattering picture of Harry’s wife-to-be, causing untold embarrassment to Meghan and to the Royal Family due to the unwanted and negative stories. Due to the inconsiderate behavior of her half-siblings, Meghan and Harry declined to invite them to the wedding, leading to more vitriol.
Now, the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak is the revelation that family members staged a phony photo op in order to sway public opinion in their favor.
Instead, it backfired, when it was discovered that Samantha (Markle) Grant had arranged the whole thing and received a £170,00 payment for giving access to exclusive photos of Meghan’s dad preparing for the trip to London to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Then came the heart attack. It has been reported that the senior Markle suffered a heart attack last weak but checked himself out of the hospital after several days so he could still make the trip. Than came the revelation that the photo shoot was all a set-up. The embarrassment was, apparently, too much for Meghan’s dad and he is now saying he will NOT attend to spare his daughter and the Royal Family any further humiliation.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson issued these comments, “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.” Adding, “We are not getting into further details.”
Now the question remains, ‘Who WILL walk Meghan down the aisle?” I guess we will just have to wait until Saturday to find out. Who knows? She may just go solo. Either way, our hearts go out to Harry and Meghan at this difficult time and we hope they have time to get the good feelings back before the wedding.
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