Yikes. Queen Elizabeth is reportedly furious with Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, after he made a quick buck staging paparazzi photos of himself reading a book about Britain. “Lord Chamberlain, Her Majesty and the Duke are very angry with Meghan’s father,” a source told The Daily Express. “They will speak to him once he arrives about the royal protocol.”

Unfortunately, it looks like they might not have their chance to set Thomas straight. Sources exclusively told Life & Style the 73-year-old is getting heart surgery in the US on May 16 after suffering from a heart attack last week. “[He’s] having surgery in the US, not Mexico,” the source explained as Tom is currently staying in a Mexican hotel at the moment. “But he doesn’t know which hospital he’s in [yet.]”

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One thing Thomas does know is that his chances of making it to the royal wedding to walk Meghan down the aisle are slim to none. He told TMZ, “[The doctors] will go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed.”

While it’s not clear why — besides the fact that he was offered $100,000 — Thomas decided to go through with the staged paparazzi pics, he is reportedly “deeply embarrassed” by the situation according to his son, Thomas Markle Jr. Supposedly, Meghan’s dad plans to apologize to his daughter and Prince Harry privately.

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Apology or not, the entire scandal has caused Meghan a great deal of stress in the days leading up to her wedding and there is some solid evidence to prove it. Just take the statement released by a Kensington Palace spokesperson regarding the staged paparazzi photos and how the couple is trying to cope.

“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the spokesperson explained. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”

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