Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement. Photo: Getty
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Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. Noted as one of the biggest weddings of the year the road leading up to this historical event has been nothing short of a media circus. Since learning of the romance between Meghan and Harry, the media has played a major role in capturing their love story through the paparazzi lenses and any unwelcomed interviews from the Markle family. Why is the media so fascinated with Harry and Meghan? Perhaps it is because Prince Harry is a royal or the fact that he will no longer be the worlds most eligible bachelor when he marries the former “Suits” actress. While there are many who have enjoyed watching their love story unfold in the public eye, there have undoubtedly been some not so fairy-tale media moments as well. Like the countless unflattering interviews from Meghan’s half sister Samantha Grant who has reportedly changed her name back to Samantha Markle. Some speculate to capitalize on the Markle name. Then there was the mean spirited letter written to Prince Harry by Meghan’s her half brother, Tom Markle Jr. and the drama surrounding Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle who according to Meghan’s statement on Thursday May 17, will not be walking her down the aisle.
Meghan Markle released a statement tweeting from Kensington Palace
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”
Photo: Thomas Markle
Her statement comes just a few days after Thomas Markel spoke with TMZ stating he would not be able to attend the wedding due to his recent heart surgery; mentioning to the celebrity news outlet, “I’m OK.” It will take a long time to heal. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited.” However, the days leading up to Markle’s heart surgery were plagued with the embarrassment of staged paparrazzi photos. The public would come to find out they were done to show him in a more flattering light at the hand of his daughter Samantha who admitted to orchestrating the whole thing. Kensington Palace released a statement regarding the situation which read: “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.”
So who will walk Meghan down the aisle? It was reported Friday that Prince Charles will stand in the place of her dad and escort his future daughter-in-law down the aisle. The wedding is sure to be one of the most watched events in history. We wish Harry and Meghan a lifelong of happiness.
What do you think of the Markle’s family media behavior. Will you be setting your alarm clocks to watch the royal wedding Saturday?
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