After Markle Sr. faced backlash for the photos, he spoke to TMZ and said he no longer plans to walk Markle down the aisle at St. George's Chapel on Saturday because he "doesn't want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter".
Dooley and her sons, who live in OR, previously said they had not seen Markle in 20 years and had not received an invitation to the royal wedding.
Samantha Markle told the "Good Morning Britain" TV show that Thomas Markle recently panicked while driving on the highway because he was being followed by numerous press cars, what she called a "dangerous situation".
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". 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. "He has had health issues and he's devastated by what's happened, and he has spoken to Meghan to apologize to her".
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In addition to the photo scandal, Thomas reportedly backed out of the wedding because he allegedly had a heart attack less than a week ago.
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As the Christian customary, Meghan's father was to walk her down the aisle on her D-day.
"The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault".
Ms Markle has two paternal half-siblings, Ms Grant and Thomas Markle Jr. He is divorced from Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.
Dooley, 25, yesterday said his granddad had suggested only on Sunday that he would be at the wedding.
Harry and Meghan are just days away from their wedding. We had no idea he would be taken advantage of.
Thomas Markle, 73, was quoted by some U.S. media as saying that he would not attend the royal wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family after paparazzi shots of him seemed to indicate he had been paid to pose for photographers.
Samantha confirmed the family didn't do it for money, but didn't deny that her father had been paid.