It’s the saga arresting the news cycle just five days out from the one of the biggest royal weddings of all time.
Meghan Markle, soon-to-be wife of Prince Harry, and the fractured dynamics of her family. First came half-sister Samantha, and her promise to write a book about being “Princess Pushy’s sister”; soon after came half-brother Thomas Jr penning a public open letter dubbing his younger sister a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman”.
Then came rumours of a splintered relationship between Meghan and her father: confusion began to mount as to whether he would actually be invited to the wedding at all.
He would be, but that wouldn’t matter in the end.
On Monday night London time, just days after he was accused of staging paparazzi shots for cash, TMZ claimed Mr Markle told them he would not attend the wedding of his youngest daughter. He would no longer be the person walking her down the aisle.
The gossip site reported the father-of-three meant “no harm” to Meghan and the royal family when he colluded with photo agencies to set up photos of him preparing for the impending royal wedding, including shots of him at a suit fitting, and some more reading books on British history.
He also reportedly told TMZ money was not his sole motivator for setting up the photos - he'd also been trying to revive his image. The website wrote he was pictured mostly in “the most unflattering circumstances … buying beer, looking dishevelled and reclusive” before he organised his own shots.