Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, stays optimistic that their father, Thomas Markle, can have a change of coronary heart after he revealed that he no longer plans to attend Meghan’s wedding ceremony to Prince Harry.
“I hope so,” Samantha, 53, stated throughout an look on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Might 15, when requested whether or not Thomas, 73, nonetheless plans to go to the royal ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Fortress on Saturday, Might 19.
Thomas, who was set to stroll the 36-year-old down the aisle, claimed to TMZ on Monday, Might 14, that he modified his plans after struggling a coronary heart assault final week. In response, Kensington Palace launched a press release that stated, partly, that Meghan and Harry, 33, are asking for “understanding and respect” for her father “on this troublesome scenario.”
The information got here a day after footage emerged of Thomas seemingly staging photographs with paparazzi. Samantha later took accountability for the scandal.
“It was carried out with good intention to make the British royal household look good — and likewise himself — as a result of the media have been so unfairly portraying him in a detrimental gentle,” she stated on the U.Ok. morning present on Tuesday. “That doesn’t make anybody look good. … I feel he had the appropriate to defend himself.”
Samantha went on to say that she spoke along with her father on Monday morning. “He was fairly depressed over an unbelievable sequence of occasions involving the media,” she stated earlier than claiming that Thomas has been harassed by reporters and paparazzi at his house in Mexico.
“He can’t open his blinds. He can’t go anyplace with out being adopted,” she added. “Actually, it’s fairly atrocious and intrusive, and I feel it’s extremely unethical. … He was actually having coronary heart pains and suffered a coronary heart assault. It was an unbelievable quantity of stress. … I needed to see him go [to the wedding]. I didn’t need him disadvantaged of that. However clearly the precedence needs to be whether or not or not it’s secure for him to try this.”
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