Prince Harry ‘blaming himself’ as Meghan Markle ‘begs dad’ to attend wedding
Prince Harry is reportedly blaming himself after Meghan Markle’s dad sensationally pulled out of the royal wedding last night.
Distraught bride-to-be Meghan is said to be ‘standing by’ her father after he admitted staging pictures for the photographers. According to a friend, she is begging him to change his mind and walk her down the aisle as planned.
For Harry’s part, he’s reportedly ‘devastated’, believing he is to blame for the entire situation.
"He is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him… the problems he causes. He feels that anyone who gets associated with his life – this is the price they have to pay. He wants to protect her and this is really difficult for him to swallow," a source told the Daily Mail .
The couple took the unusual step of issuing a statement last night after former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle revealed he would be staying away from the wedding on Saturday to spare his daughter any further embarassment.
"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," a spokesman for Kensington Palace said.
A friend of Meghan, 36, says Thomas – who suffered a ‘heart attack’ a week ago but checked out of hospital to attend the wedding – is not in a ‘good place’.
And neither is Meghan, says the pal, with the heartbroken star apparently struggling to comprehend having her big day without her father at her side.
"This is not what she wants. She obviously wants her dad there. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do," the source continued.
"He is clearly feeling under immense pressure. The concern for him is real and genuine. He is a proud man who wants to be a father and not be taken care of, but it’s quite difficult. It is a really worrying, scary situation. The couple have been doing everything they can to help him."
It follows reports that Thomas, 73, will be heading back to hospital after suffering new chest pains.
He reportedly fears he will suffer another heart attack due to the emotional distress from the fallout over his deal with a paparazzi agency, which he insists was never about the money, but rather about improving his image.
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