Why Meghan Markle's father will not attend royal wedding
"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding," the palace said in a statement. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation." The US actress' father had previously defied the palace's pleas for secrecy by agreeing to pose for a paparazzi photoshoot. A source close to Thomas Markle, cited by the publication, said he was convinced to pose for the shots after being hounded by the paparazzi. Markle's gaffe-prone American family has been sending royal courtiers into something of a spin by airing its dirty laundry in public.