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Meghan Markle's close friend claims 'story' about Duchess's dad's heart surgery was 'made up' so he could avoid royal wedding

Mirror logo Mirror 19/7/2018 Abigail O'Leary

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Meghan Markle's close friend has slammed the Duchess's dad, Thomas Markle, claiming his heart surgery was 'all made up' after his embarrassing staged photo shoot.

Thomas Markle pulled out of his daughter's wedding just days after it emerged he had been paid to pose for pictures of his shopping for a wedding outfit and looking at pictured of Meghan and Harry.

It was later revealed the 73-year-old had suffered a heart attack and was undergoing heart surgery.

a man sitting in front of a window: A source said Thomas, here with a young Meghan, aims for all of them to move forward as a family after the split © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited A source said Thomas, here with a young Meghan, aims for all of them to move forward as a family after the split Now, a source close to the Duchess of Sussex has branded his heart surgery as a 'story', fabricated as a way out of the wedding.

They said: "The whole story about Meghan's father undergoing heart surgery was made up.

"He had to come up with a good enough reason not to attend her wedding and avoid any further embarrassment after those staged photos went public.", reports the Mail Online.

a person standing in front of a store: Thomas Markle says he hasn't spoken to his daughter in two months © Daily Mirror Thomas Markle says he hasn't spoken to his daughter in two months The source added people should 'feel sorry for Meghan' as opposed to her father.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Thomas, a former film lighting director, said he had checked into the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, north of the Mexican border.

The hospital has since said 'no such name' was on their patient records.

a man talking on a cell phone © Credits: PA Thomas Markle has also said he won't stop speaking to the media until the Royals break their silence.

He said he's unfazed by reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are growing 'frustrated' with his recent outspoken interviews about Meghan.

a close up of a man © Credits: ITV Thomas told TMZ he simply wants to make peace with his estranged daughter.

He said: "I was silent for a full year and the press beat me up every day saying I was a hermit hiding in Mexico, so I gave my story.

"Apparently that interview put the Royal Family in their silence mode ... so, I gave another interview to break the silence. All they have to do is speak to me.”

a man sitting in front of a building: Thomas Markle's reunion with Tom Jr will put more pressure on Meghan to visit her dad © Provided by Andy Johnstone/Daily Mirror Thomas Markle's reunion with Tom Jr will put more pressure on Meghan to visit her dad Thomas Markle also said that he is amused that he can force the Royal Family into a media blackout.

"Tomorrow [Wednesday] is my birthday, 74 years old, and I’m enjoying the fact that I can make the entire Royal Family not speak and maybe I can get a laugh out of the Duchess."

Mr. Markle has given numerous interviews in recent months, including a paid interview with the Sun in which he revealed his daughter hasn't returned his calls for over two months.

a man standing in front of a car © Credits: Andy Johnstone/Daily Mirror He also said that he thought that his the 36-year-old actress looked 'terrified' in her new life as a fully-fledged royal.

"I see it in her eyes," he said. "I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. I've seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don't like the one I'm seeing now. This one isn't even a stage smile - this is a pained smile."

Sharon Osbourne has accused Thomas Markle of being an alcoholic who needs to 'get clean'.

Appearing on an American talk show, she urged him to stop humiliating Meghan and stop drinking.

Sharon Osbourne wearing a white shirt and black hair © Credits: WireImage While his friends have denied her claims, stressing he is not a heavy drinker and simply enjoys a glass of wine with a meal.

Sharon continued: "Just be happy for your daughter. Let her live her life.

"She is so dignified, you should try to give a little bit of that dignity for her."

Sharon, 65, said Meghan must feel "humiliated and embarrassed by her father."

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