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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Monday night issued a statement asking for "understanding and respect" for Thomas Markle.

Her father, Thomas Markle, was supposed to do the honors, but has since sent mixed signals about whether he'll make it.

Doubts remain over whether Thomas Markle will will walk his daughter down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday.

Other members of the royal family will also be arriving in style in state cars including Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Daimlers. Bookmakers Paddy Power has rated Meghan's mother at 6/4 to step in and walk her daughter down the aisle.

Meghan Markle's father Thomas features prominently on the front pages on Tuesday over reports that he may not be walking his daughter down the aisle on Saturday.

You can catch "Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance" on United Kingdom screens on Monday at 9pm on Lifetime, available on Virgin and Sky.

Or at least the one where he was at an Internet shop researching about Prince Harry?

Markle's half sister, Samantha, said that she was the one to blame for the snaps and that they were meant to portray her father in a positive light.

Friends said the bride-to-be was distraught after troubled Thomas Markle, 73, said he wanted to save her further embarrassment, following reports that he colluded with a paparazzi photographer to stage a series of pictures in the run-up to the wedding, reports the Daily Mail.

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding", Kensington Palace, the official residence of the couple, said in a statement.

She also said she did not harbour any ill feelings about the paparazzi photos it was revealed he staged on Monday.

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Her mother, Doria Ragland (61) a social worker and yoga teacher who lives in Los Angeles, is expected to accompany her daughter in the bridal auto.

As per media reports, Thomas is known to be a private person, a fact that had anxious Meghan about how would he handle the pressures of being in a constant limelight.

He said he did it to "rehabilitate" his image but had been left looking "stupid and hammy" - and would not be travelling to the United Kingdom to give her away in order to spare her further embarrassment.

Then comes the news that he suffered a heart attack just seven days ago.

The photos were said to have been sold to media for £100,000 (S$180,867) but it was not known whether Mr Markle himself was paid.

Samantha Markle, Markle's daughter by his first marriage, has publicly demeaned her half-sister as a social climber who doesn't care about her family back in in the United States.

Meanwhile, Meghan's extended family who weren't invited to the wedding have been pictured landing in London.

"I feel that the media have unfairly preyed on him and he has really been admirable about laying low and not speaking out on certain things", Markle told ITV.

She said: "It's safe to say I have always been a daddy's girl - he taught me how to fish, to appreciate Busby Berkeley films, write thank-you notes, and spend my weekends in Little Tokyo eating chicken teriyaki with vegetable tempura". "But they are in a good place now".

As the happy couple prepare for their high profile nuptials, royal super-fans are clamouring to learn everything they can about the May 19 wedding.

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