Meghan Markle pleaded with her father to walk her down the aisle after he apparently pulled out of Saturday’s wedding because of the faked photographs row.
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.
A friend of Miss Markle, 36, and her fiancé, Prince Harry, told MailOnline that she was standing by her father and pleaded for understanding, saying he was ‘not in a good place’. The friend said:
‘This is not what she wants. She obviously wants her dad there. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do. ‘She and Prince Harry are begging for people to give him some space.
‘ Harry, 33, is said to be blaming himself. The friend said:
‘He is devastated. He feels like this is another thing iy have to pay.