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Meghan Markle's half-sister responds to fears her father won't be at wedding

Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha has said she hopes her father will attend the Royal wedding but says the priority is his health.

Speaking of her and Meghan’s father Thomas, who is due to walk Meghan down the aisle, Samantha said: “I spoke to him early in the morning yesterday and he was quite depressed over an unbelievable series of events involving the media."

Speaking of the staged paparazzi photos of Thomas, which Samantha yesterday told ITV’s Loose Women was her responsibility, she said: “Actually, it was done with good intention to make the British Royal family look good and also himself. Because the media were so unfairly portraying him in a negative light. That doesn’t make anyone look good and shame on them. He had a right and moral obligation to set the record straight and defend himself. Anybody who can’t respect that I don’t know what to say.”

The happy couple ahead of their big day Credit: PA

Samantha said her father had made a mistake in not offering an interview: “The mistake that he made was refusing to do interviews and allowing the media to absolutely rake him over the coals to the extent that he was defenceless and they had distorted his image. It was entirely unjust and I think he had the right to defend himself.”

She added: “He was living a very quiet, peaceful life. Not as a recluse. He’s a very intelligent man, he’s been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years. He wanted peace and quiet, he was avoiding the media."

A Kensington Palace spokesperson last night said: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation."

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