Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ask For Privacy & Respect Amid Meghan's Family Scandal

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017 (Getty Images)

Meghan Markle's road to wedded bliss is becoming more dramatic by the minute, and now she and Prince Harry are asking for a little privacy. 

The couple, who are set to marry on Saturday, May 19, at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, are asking for people to give Meghan a little space after she was hit with scandal on Monday when her dad, Thomas Markle, reportedly backed out of attending her wedding after he paid paparazzi to take pictures of him. Thomas was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle at the royal wedding, but is reportedly planning to skip out on all the week's activities now. 

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation," a statement from Kensington Palace read. 

WATCH: Meghan Markle's Father Thomas Reportedly Staged His Own Paparazzi Photos

Thomas told TMZ that he "never meant any harm" when he accepted payment from a paparazzi agency in exchange to photograph him "prepping for his daughter's royal wedding. According to Thomas, he thought the photos would help paint him in a better light. 

Meghan has not released any additional information about how she's feeling after the scandal, but between the normal bridal jitters and this — it's gotta be a difficult week. 

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