Family-of-the-bride pew will have some no-shows
| Here’s what you need to know about physical and emotional health issues impacting final plans for Meghan’s big day
(AJ Willingham, CNN | Updated 6:25 AM ET, Fri May 18, 2018) There’s always some level of family drama before a wedding, but when you’re a major American celebrity about to marry into the British royal family, the stakes are levels of magnitude higher than normal.
The last week has been a hellscape of speculation and accusations for Meghan Markle, 36, who is about to marrying Prince Harry in Windsor Castle.
Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but a series of puzzling revelations and apparent health issues have led to him bowing out of the event.
At the same time, Markle’s half-sister Samantha Markle has been leaking information about their father and offering her own commentary about the Markle family’s situation.
Here’s a breakdown of how everything unfolded, and where it stands now.
April and early May
Photos of Thomas Markle are published that appear to show him preparing for his daughter’s wedding: exercising, getting fitted for a suit, and reading about British culture and tourism.
They appear to be taken at various locations around Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives.