Two-thirds of Brits not interested in royal wedding

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He had been expected to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

However, the TMZ website reported on Monday that he had decided not to attend the glittering wedding at the castle, the home of English and British monarchs for nearly 1,000 years.

After suffering a heart attack six days ago, Markle Sr. said he checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the royal wedding, but has since decided against it because he doesn't want to "embarrass" the royal family or his daughter.

He also noted that he did not want to bring any further embarrassment to the royal family or his daughter.

On Monday, just five days before the royal wedding, Thomas Markle told TMZ that he would no longer be attending his daughter's nuptials after he was accused of staging photos for the paparazzi. He told TMZ he didn't primarily do it for the money; the Mail on Sunday reported that the photos were sold to outlets worldwide and netted $135,000. Speculation in the media is leaning towards Ralph & Russo who designed the dress Markle wore for her engagement photos and the research, which was conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, ranked Ralph & Russo as number three.

There has been speculation in the United Kingdom press that Markle may wear the Spencer family tiara - worn by Diana for her own marriage to Prince Charles - as "something borrowed" on her wedding day. Like any father-daughter relationship, there have been ups and downs over the years. I would think the most dignified thing would be for Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle.

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With less than a week to go to the May 19 wedding of Britain's Prince Harry to USA actress Meghan Markle, Britain newspapers are carrying numerous stories about the upcoming ceremony at Windsor Castle.

TMZ quoted Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, as saying he meant no harm to Meghan or Harry by taking part in an arranged photo-shoot with a paparazzi agency. The very fact that the Harry is marrying Meghan in the first place shows that outdated traditions can indeed be retired. He is divorced from Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland. Palace officials said last week that Meghan Markle's parents would have central roles in the wedding ceremony.

Samantha Grant said she had suggested her father pose for "positive" photographs.

However, she did acknowledge that the situation has put Kensington Palace in an "awkward" situation, given that they had emailed the press just days earlier asking them to give Meghan's family privacy.

So why did Mr Markle pull out at such short notice? I said, 'you know, the world has no idea you're getting in shape, doing healthy things'.

Her parents split when Meghan was young, but she told Vanity Fair this year that they remain on good terms and even take vacations together as a family.

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