Reflecting on the scandal, 9Honey Royal Correspondent Victoria Arbiter says: "Around Christmas time, Prince Harry was heavily chastised by the Markle Family for claiming in an interview that the Royal Family was the family Meghan never had, and yet here we are".
It is now believed that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her down the aisle, or that she will be accompanied by a member of the Royal Family.
"This was his decision entirely", a source tells ET of the bride-to-be's father.
"He wanted peace and quiet, he was avoiding the media", she tells the United Kingdom breakfast program.
Images of Meghan Markle's dad at an internet cafe checking out a website featuring his soon-to-be royal daughter - which sparked an "awww" moment on social media last week - were allegedly staged, her half-sister told a British network Monday.
For some, the walking-down-the-aisle tradition is indeed a sweet gesture - a special father-daughter moment to be cherished.
Thomas Markle says he is back in hospital after experiencing serious chest pains, with doctors warning his heart was "seriously damaged" after a heart attack a week ago, TMZ said.
However, reports in the USA yesterday quoted him as saying he had decided not to go after being caught co-operating with paparazzi "because he doesn't want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter".
A friend of Miss Markle, 36, and her fiancé, Prince Harry, told the Mail that she was standing by her father and pleaded for understanding, saying he was "not in a good place".
"They don't photograph you buying vegetables and pH water, they photograph you in as unflattering ways as they can". He thought the staged pictures would recast his public image.
A British newspaper reported that Ms Markle found out her father wasn't planning to attend her wedding through media reports, and that she had no prior warning.
TMZ reported that Markle Sr meant no harm to his daughter or the royal family when he allowed the photo agency to take the pictures and that he had not been motivated by money.
Cape Town - With less than a week to go until Meghan Markle weds Prince Harry, there's huge interest on who's been invited, or left off the guest list.
Saturday's wedding is expected to draw more than 5,000 media staff and 79 television networks from around the world to Windsor.