Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas is ‘alone and upset’ after undergoing surgery for a heart condition, it was claimed last night.
Meghan’s sister Samantha, hit out at Kensington Palace as her father recovered from a major operation.
Samantha said she was worried about her father and claimed she had wired money to the 73-year-old.
She told The Sun: “He is badly in need of help. I’m dreadfully worried about him.
“He’s completely on his own.”
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
American news website TMZ claimed to have spoken to Thomas Sr after his surgery, which followed a heart attack last week.
They say the retired lighting engineer was “alert and coherent”, and told them that doctors had “implanted stents in his blood vessels”.
He reportedly told them that surgeons implanted three stents, but he was not sure.
It is believed he will not be well enough to walk his daughter Meghan down the aisle to marry Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Samantha’s comment came just hours before she was reportedly rushed to hospital after an alleged run-in with paparazzi in America.
The website claims to have spoken to Samantha’s boyfriend, Mark, who says the couple had a “confrontation” with a member of the paparazzi.
He is reported to have said a photographer veered in front of their car to try and get a clear shot.
Mark then veered to the left in an effort to avoid him and hit a concrete barrier. He says his girlfriend hit the windshield and fell to the floor mat.
Samantha, who has MS, was unable to lift herself up and TMZ reports that her foot was twisted backward.
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TMZ say that Thomas Markle Sr remains in hospital and there is no word when he will be released.
On Sunday it was claimed that the father of the former Suits star had paid off a photographer to stage paparazzi photographs of him preparing for the royal wedding.
Then on Monday he said he was not going to attend before reportedly being talked around by Meghan who sent him messages of support.
Speaking to Australian breakfast programme Sunrise, Samantha was asked if the drama about her father had gotten out of control.
She said: “Is it out of control that a normal American family have to come out and defend themselves against media created drama, really?
“And how do you defend yourself when there’s no evidence, there’s nothing beyond the created social label that creates the public emotional swell and when it gets that big it’s overwhelming.
“No matter what you’re like, what your character is truly like, you can’t defend yourself against something that big, it’s spun out of control.”
Yesterday, Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, who is separated from Mr Markle, flew into Heathrow for the wedding.
Meanwhile it was claimed today that the relationship between Meghan’s parents has been strained further after the fallout over the paparazzi photos.
A source told The Sun Online: “Thomas and Doria are currently barely speaking to one another.
“He is trying to make peace after everything that has happened. Their relationship had been hanging by a thread for months before the staged photo scandals.
“He had told friends that he wanted to come with the peace gesture for an appeasement before the wedding and his daughter’s big day, but his recent actions have crushed that.”