But the reasoning behind it is no longer about those paparazzi pics or the Markle family's strained relationships; now, we're learning Thomas actually needs serious, urgent heart surgery ASAP.
The former Hollywood lighting director, who declared bankruptcy in 2016 and now lives in Mexico, told TMZ earlier Wednesday before news of the surgery he believed the photo shoot was a "stupid" move but not a "serious transgression".
It will be down to the royal children to show their new American friends how to behave at a royal wedding.
"The reason [Harry] wanted Meghan to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte was so she could see that hopefully this would be hopefully replicated by them - that they would go on to have children". He is also still scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle during the wedding Saturday in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
He also revealed he was recovering from a recent heart attack.
"When I first heard Harry and Meghan had chosen May 19 I thought, 'Ohhh, that's our day, '" says Petra of the date chosen by her and her FIFO worker fiance.
Meghan Markle's half-sister, Samantha Markle, recently said she was the "culprit" who urged their father to stage the photos in an ill-fated bid to improve his image.
Britain's Sun newspaper, the country's best selling, had to scramble to update its front page to reflect what it called the "Royal Sensation" of Thomas Markle's absence under the headline: "I've got heart op today".
Meghan Markle's dad Thomas confirms he will not be attending the royal wedding.
But he has been hospitalized with chest pains, according to Meghan Markle's estranged sister, Samantha Grant, which may make the trip to the United Kingdom from California hard.
Just days before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle's family is proving that you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family.
"I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques", wrote Meghan in an essay for ELLE UK on being mixed race.
Holden added that she hopes all of the drama leading up to the wedding doesn't put a damper on the big day.