But on Monday, Thomas Markle told TMZ that he was no longer planning to attend the wedding, several days after he had suffered a heart attack and confirmed that he'd taken staged paparazzi photos of himself getting ready for the weekend. He reportedly admitted that the photos look "stupid and hammy".
Mr Markle reportedly added that since his daughter started dating Prince Harry he had been offered between $50,000 and $100,000 for interviews but he'd turned all of them down. Later, The Daily Mail published footage that seemingly showed Markle cooperating with photographers, and claimed a stand-in for the wedding-suit tailor was hired.
But, while women might have their own idea of what Markle should be sporting on her big day, they have some different style standards for themselves - a fact revealed when they were asked to choose the look of their own wedding gown for if they were walking down the aisle this year.
Thomas Markle was set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the church ceremony, and Ragland plans to ride to the chapel with her daughter.
Meghan will be married to Prince Harry on May 19.
Her mother, Doria Ragland (61) a social worker and yoga teacher who lives in Los Angeles, is expected to accompany her daughter in the bridal auto.
A spokeswoman for the prince declined to comment directly on the report or to say whether the statement meant Markle's father would be at the wedding. As for what the Queen of England thinks about all this, Markle Sr. had this to say: "I don't think the Queen is thinking about what I'm doing".
When she was pushed to clarify whether or not Thomas received any money for the shoot, Samantha said: "I have no idea but if he did I'm going to assume it was a pittance because they don't pay that much It was really so the world could see him doing the healthy things".
"He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack, it was an unbelievable amount of stess", she said.
Saturday's wedding is expected to draw more than 5,000 media staff and 79 television networks from around the world to Windsor. Can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like, 'Can I. Can I give you the ring?' She goes, 'Oh yes, the ring!'
Her parents split when Meghan was young, but she told Vanity Fair this year that they remain on good terms and even take vacations together as a family.