The extraordinary decision raises the question that Ms Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her down the aisle, or that she will be accompanied by a member of the Royal Family or choose to make the journey alone.
Meghan's half-sister Samantha Grant admitted to arranging the staged shots of Thomas, though she insisted on British talk show Loose Women that the move was not financially motivated. For Meghan, the gesture was significant."Not being able to meet his mum, it's so important to me, to know that she is a part of this with us", she said.
Meghan Markle at ANZAC Day commemorations in April, 2018. Speculation begins as to whether Meghan will keep her father in the wedding party, or if he will be invited at all. Meghan's father Thomas Markle is reportedly on his way to hospital again.
The former lighting director is in hospital where doctors are conducting tests after he complained of serious chest pain after an apparent heart attack last week.
She was married to Mr Markle from 1979-1988, during which time their daughter Meghan was born in 1981.
She tweeted: "The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family".
This all comes after a Mail on Sunday report featured CCTV footage of what appeared to be Thomas arranging to take paparazzi images with a photographer.
VideoThe Clooneys, the Beckhams, Suits co-hosts. and the family of the little girl who went viral for stealing popcorn from Harry during the Invictus Games will be in attendance for the Royal Wedding. She said the media had "raked him over the coals" and "distorted his image".
Thomas, who is spending his retirement in Mexico, met Prince Harry during a trip to Toronto, Canada, in 2016 and was apparently won over by the royal. We had no idea he would be taken advantage of.
Grant denied that her father would apologize for the fake pictures.
There are now doubts about whether Thomas Markle plans to attend Saturday's royal wedding between his daughter and Prince Harry.