Thomas, who is spending his retirement in Mexico, met Prince Harry during a trip to Toronto, Canada, in 2016 and was apparently won over by the royal. The next day, though, he flip-flopped and told TMZ that he absolutely wanted to go to the royal wedding and be a part of history.
"This is not what she wants".
Kensington Palace on Monday said Meghan Markle was suffering a "deeply personal moment" following reports her father would not attend her wedding to Prince Harry on the weekend. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation", a statement from Kensington Palace read.
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The former lighting director is in hospital where doctors are conducting tests after he complained of serious chest pain after an apparent heart attack last week. He is divorced from Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland. Both were expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals in the days before the wedding.
Meghan Markle's parents are making headlines in the days before their daughter's royal wedding to Prince Harry.
Friends of Meghan Markle told Vanity Fair that she is also devastated by the turn of events and that her mother Doria is now expected to walk her down the aisle on Saturday, although that has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace.
ET has reached out to Thomas for comment.
The Mail On Sunday newspaper reported the story at the weekend claiming the images were staged and published CCTV footage stills of the USA actress' father in the internet cafe with a photographer. Speaking to TMZ, Thomas admitted the photos look "stupid and hammy" and "deeply regrets" what he has done to his daughter, Meghan. 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.
See recent photos of Thomas in the gallery... "It was my suggestion that to benefit him and to benefit the royal family that everyone looked good and they depict you as you are - in shape and doing healthy things".