Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle asked for "understanding" for the father of the American actress after the USA celebrity news site TMZ reported on Monday he would not attend the couple's glittering wedding in Britain this weekend.
Harry and Markle are set to marry at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle with more than 5,000 media staff and around 100,000 well-wishers expected to descend on the market town.
Mr Markle, who has two children - including Samantha - from his first marriage, filed for bankruptcy two years ago.
"I've been popping Valium for the pain, especially when I hear about my oldest daughter", he said. The Telegraph reported that Tracy Dooley, the wife of Thomas Markle Jr., arrived at London Heathrow Airport with sons Tyler, 25, and Thomas, 26 on Tuesday.
The revelation about the photos came as Markle was due to travel to the United Kingdom for the wedding and after Kensington Palace repeatedly issued warnings to media outlets to respect his privacy, saying he had been "harassed" by paparazzi, the Mail on Sunday said.
"This is not what she wants".
Friends of the bride-to-be said Ms Markle was standing by her father, saying he was "not in a good place", according to the Daily Mail.
"(Harry) is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him. the problems he causes.
The widely circulated photographs showed him being measured for a wedding suit and looking at newspaper stories about his daughter.
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"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding", a Kensington Palace representative said in a statement to media outlets. Yet Markle had reportedly been excited to give his daughter away at her wedding to Price Harry.
He was due to meet the Queen, her husband and other senior members of the Windsor family this week.
Thomas Markle told TMZ that he will go into surgery at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to fix extensive damage from a heart attack he believes was triggered due to the open letter his son, Thomas Jr., wrote to Prince Harry trying to discourage him from marrying Meghan.
"I wanted to see him go".
She is not on the wedding guest list.
As Britain continues to struggle with sluggish economic growth, most respondents are uncomfortable with the idea of a lavish royal celebration, with 57 percent believing the Royal Family should foot the bill for the wedding and the costs of the police presence.
He said he was especially upset about the photos that make him look like a heavy drinker - which he said he's not.