Meghan Markle confirms dad not attending wedding; mom has tea with the royal family

What's a wedding without some family drama?!!

Meghan Markle released a statement via Kensington Palace on Thursday confirming that her dad, Thomas Markle, Sr. who is 73-years-old, will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19.

This announcement comes at just about the same time that it was confirmed that her mother, Doria Ragland is in London and joined the royal family for tea.

"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

Doesn't this news strike anyone as being a bit odd?  Wild horses couldn't keep most loving dad's away from their children's weddings and while Meghan's note is polite, it isn't screaming with disappointment and it isn't even hinted at that his presence will be missed.

Meghan's dad has been riddled with controversy lately as it was widely suggested that he staged shots for the paparazzi, but rumors about his poor health have also been circulating.

CNN reported that Meghan and her dad have been in contact over the past few days and he has been advised not to go to the wedding per medical advice.

Thomas Markle, JS., who worked as a TV lighting director, met Meghan's mom in the 1970s; they split when she was six years old.

He isn't the only immediate Markle family member who will not be attending.  Half-sister Samantha Markle has stated that she wasn't invited and it doesn't look like she will be on their Christmas card list anytime soon either, after the negative things she said about Meghan.

It's pretty simple - Meghan Markle is the bride and she can invite whomever she wants.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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