Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding after heart attack, staged paparazzi photos, says report

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.

More family drama for Meghan Markle. Her half -brother now claims the future Royal has "forgotten her roots" and is acting "phony" toward her family.

Kensington Palace refused to comment to Fox News on a bombshell report that Meghan Markle’s father is not walking the “Suits” actress down the aisle at her May 19 wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, after he suffered a heart attack a few days ago and after admitting he participated in staged paparazzi photos.

Markle’s estranged half-sister Samantha Grant also did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

However, the celebrity gossip site claimed he ultimately chose not to attend to avoid embarrassing the royal family or his daughter.

Thomas told the celebrity gossip site he meant no harm to Markle or the royal family when he allowed a photo agency to snap photos of himself getting ready for the wedding. He also claimed the deal wasn’t made for financial gain.

Instead, Thomas insisted he’s been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him as a disheveled recluse. Thomas was allegedly upset he was photographed buying beer, implying he was an alcoholic. Instead, TMZ claimed he was buying beer for the guards at his residence.

Thomas also claimed that when a paparazzi agency approached him, he figured the opportunity would help recast his image in a more positive light. However, he admitted the photos made him appear “stupid and hammy,” and has since deeply regretted participating in the photo op.

Grant took the blame for the staged paparazzi shots of her father.

"The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault," Grant tweeted Monday morning. "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."

She added, "We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money."

Markle has a complicated relationship with her father but announced via Kensington Palace on May 4 that he would walk her down the aisle on her big day.

But Grant, who last spoke to her famous sister in 2014, insisted her father didn't call the paparazzi for money.

"I'm entirely the culprit. I said to him to show the world 'I'm getting in shape and getting healthy' so I suggested it,'" she admitted on Britain's "Loose Women."

Grant, who was not invited to Markle's first wedding to Trevor Engelson in 2011, was also not sent an invite to her sister's royal nuptials.

The 51-year-old insisted the 36-year-old American actress is a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.”

Thomas went on to claim that their father is still struggling financially after he allegedly went into debt to support Markle’s dreams of becoming a sought-after actress. He also claimed the patriarch wasn’t invited to the wedding — which is not true.

"What kind of person starts out by using her own father until he’s bankrupt, then forgets about him in Mexico leaving him broke, over mostly all her debts," he claimed. "And when it’s time to pay him back she forgets her own father like she never knew him.”

“Meg I know that I’m not perfect, nor is anyone else in our family, as I’m sure you have read by now,” he wrote. “But good, bad, or perfect, we’re the only family that you have. It does hurt my feelings not getting invited to your wedding, along with the rest of the family.

“But it’s not too late to send me an invite along with your entire family,” he added. "We should all be there to show our love and support on your wedding day because that’s what families do. Not to mention, how long it’s been since we all seen and have gotten together, that would be very nice.

Thomas admitted he and his famous sibling have become distant, “along with the rest of our family members over the years.”

However, he insisted family should always come first, no matter the circumstances.

“Meg, I am very proud of you,” he claimed. “I truly want you to have a great wedding day and [a] long future with Prince Harry. I’m sorry for venting my frustrations about [how] he should call it off, but I was disappointed and confused about not getting invited. I really only wish you the best.

“I remember a loving, caring, amazing girl who had a great family growing up and I know you’re still that person inside. So whatever you decide is OK with me, maybe I’ll see you there, with all of us. It can still be a royal wedding family reunion.”

Thomas concluded, “Once again, congrats to you and Prince Harry. I’m very proud of you and wish you the best.”

“My brother is out there acting like he’s the spokesman of the family,” she said. “He is estranged from my dad because he sold my dad out to photographers from my uncle’s house and tried to get my fragile uncle to talk.

"He gave up my dad’s whereabouts. In other words, all those rumors out there started by my brother. He claimed he would walk Meg down the aisle. That’s more malarkey than I could even imagine to articulate.”

Grant added she and her family are new to the spotlight and it can be difficult to cope with the worldwide interest in their personal lives.

“As much as I love and respect Meg, she’s got security and a publicist and can be protected from all that,” she said. “She and Harry can tell the media to stop. The rest of the family doesn’t have that luxury. I love her, [but] she may not want me saying anything.

“I refuse to be a victim of the media. I’m not going to let them disparage me, embarrass me personally and professionally and not defend myself… I can only hope she would respect and understand that… In fact, if I were Meg, I would probably put something out there so that there was some sort of protective mechanism in place where the family couldn’t be tortured as much.”

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.

 

May 14, 2018

Sources: Fox

Related news

  • Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding if her father can't attend?

    Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding if her father can't attend?

    or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p>Meghan Markle&#x27;s estranged half-sister is taking the blame for a series of &quot;staged&quot; paparazzi shot of their father ahead of the royal wedding. Samantha Grant, said on Twitter she came up with the idea to have their father photographed in order to paint him in a positive light.</p><p>Following a bombshell report that indicates Meghan Markle’s father will not be in attendance at her highly publicized wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, fans far and wide are wondering who will now walk the 36-year-old down the aisle.</p><p>&quot;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,&quot; a statement from Kensington Palace reads.</p><p>While the Palace refused to comment to Fox News one way or the other on whether Thomas will be able to make the big day on May 19, his absence would mean a big change to the wedding procession.</p><p>While the royals pride themselves on adhering to tradition, Markle’s family life is a bit unconventional. The next logical choice to walk her down the aisle in the event her father can’t attend would be a sibling. </p><p>Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Jr., is likely out of the running after penning a hand-written note to Prince Harry urging him to call the wedding off before abruptly writing a second letter urging Markle to send him and the rest of the family a last-minute invite.</p><p>“I remember a loving, caring, amazing girl who had a great family growing up and I know you’re still that person inside. So whatever you decide is OK with me, maybe I’ll see you there, with all of us. It can still be a royal wedding family reunion.”</p><p>Markle's half-sister, Samantha Grant, has reportedly not spoken to her since 2014 and did not receive an invite to the royal wedding, making her an unlikely candidate as well.</p><p>With the ceremony just days away, there’s unfortunately not a lot of precedent for such a situation. Both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had their fathers present at their respective weddings.</p><p>Margaret’s father had died before the nuptials took place, prompting Prince Phillip to take on the duty of walking her into the church. That could mean that Prince Charles, who has no official duties at the wedding at this time, could step in.</p><p>Sadly, until Kensington Palace reveals the status of Thomas Markle’s invite, fans will just have to wait until May 19 to see who ends up walking Markle down the aisle at her royal wedding.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Captain Marvel release: Who is Captain Marvel - when is the new Avengers movie out?

    Captain Marvel release: Who is Captain Marvel - when is the new Avengers movie out?

    ekend of any film ever, raking in more than $1.1 billion worldwide.</p><p>And after leaving fans with jaws on the floor after the shocking teaser ending in the after credits, supporters will be keen to get their next Marvel fix.</p><p>But fans need not fear as they have something else to look forward to - Captain Marvel.</p><p>Captain Marvel is known as the biggest female superhero according to fan site Comic Alliance.</p><p>Brie Larson, who won the 2016 Oscar for Best Actress for Room, is set to play the iconic superhero in her upcoming solo film on March 6, 2019.</p><p>Carol Susan Jane Danvers&rsquo; story began in the 1960s as an officer in the United States Air Force.</p><p>She worked side-by-side with Kree alien ally Mar-Vell and during an explosion, Mar-Vell&rsquo;s DNA fused with her own.</p><p>This accident resulted in her gaining superhuman powers.</p><p>Captain Marvel&rsquo;s powers include flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands.</p><p>She is also a skilled pilot and hand-to-hand combatant.</p><p>Fans are speculating that Captain Marvel may be the key to saving the Avengers in the next instalment of the series.</p><p>Avengers 4 is slated to be the final film in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.</p><p>Producer Kevin Feige told Vanity Fair the still-untitled movie will &ldquo;bring things you&rsquo;ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.&rdquo;</p><p>Captain Marvel is likely to make an appearance in the fourth Avengers film, which is being released on May 3, 2019.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Solo A Star Wars Story: Anthony Daniels is NOT playing C-3PO - but he IS in the movie

    Solo A Star Wars Story: Anthony Daniels is NOT playing C-3PO - but he IS in the movie

    e he is in the cast - he&rsquo;s not playing the gold-plated droid.</p><p>"Anthony Daniels is in the movie as a different character," Jonathan Kasdan told Uproxx.</p><p>"In the Papillon type offshoot story, the Wookiee that helps them escape, Chewbacca's best friend, is played by Anthony Daniels &ndash; and beckons him to join them as they escape on a different ship."</p><p>When the interviewer noted how strange it will be to not see C-3PO and R2-D2 in a Star Wars film, Lawrence Kasdan added: &ldquo;There are a lot of things about this movie that are different from all the others."</p><p>Hamill had previously told The Washington Post&rsquo;s soundtrack: &ldquo;Tony Daniels is happy because he&rsquo;s in every single Star Wars movie.</p><p>&ldquo;Every single one: all the prequels, he&rsquo;s in Rogue One, he&rsquo;s in Solo&hellip; oops, I hope that&rsquo;s not [a secret].</p><p>&ldquo;But anyway, he&rsquo;s in every single Star Wars movie, that&rsquo;s not such a reveal, Star Wars fans expect him to be in every movie.</p><p>&ldquo;I said to Tony, &lsquo;it&rsquo;s perfect, you never age, and if you give them enough trouble they&rsquo;ll just sign somebody else that fits in that suit!&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Solo is out later this month and has had encouraging buzz following its LA premiere.</p><p>The film stars Alden Ehrenreich in the role of Han Solo - the part previously made iconic by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy.</p><p>He&rsquo;s joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, plus Emelia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.</p><p>Ron Howard has directed the film, after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were famously removed from production during the filming process.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  •  Why Pink is 'really proud' to tour with her kids in tow

    Why Pink is 'really proud' to tour with her kids in tow

    never felt more powerful. </p><p> “I've never juggled so many damn plates in my life, but it's because I want to,” Pink told Redbook. “I enjoy it. If I had nannies raising my kids and just wanted to be a rock star and party all the time -- I wouldn't be successful, and I wouldn't be happy.” </p><p> She adds that if touring ever stopped working for her kids, she’d stop. </p><p> “But I think it's cool that they get to see their mom be the boss and work really freaking hard to realize a dream,” she said. “I'd say it's 95 percent positive.” </p><p> The venue Pink played in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently referred to her as “Queen Badass” on its marquee. It’s a title she embraces. </p><p> “If I've ever deserved the title, it's right now,” she said. “I have my two kids with me. I'm working my butt off and feel really focused. I feel seen and heard and like the things I'm saying and showing are the right things. I just feel really proud of this journey.” </p><p> And as for whether becoming a mom makes you less rebellious, Pink believes it’s quite the opposite. </p><p> “You start to focus less on what's wrong for you and more on what's wrong for the next generation,” she said. “It mobilizes you. Some moms channel that into the PTA, and other moms channel it into marching for women's rights, so moms need to be more rebellious than ever.” </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Eurovision 2018: Saara Aalto speaks out on music after disappointing Finland result

    Eurovision 2018: Saara Aalto speaks out on music after disappointing Finland result

    i-final stage by the skin of her teeth after finishing in tenth place.</p><p>Taking to Twitter, she hinted at more music plans - and more promotion of her album Wild Wild Wonderland, which hit No2 in her homeland.</p><p>&ldquo;Thank you @eurovision for letting me be part of your history,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a beautiful event with great energy and love that everyone should experience. All the contestants were super nice and talented and this year the winner was Israel&rsquo;s super girl @nettabarzi.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of my song and my performance and felt amazing on stage. So happy to have met all those fans who are supporting #monsters and who said they&rsquo;re listening to #wildwildwonderland when travelling home.</p><p>&ldquo;Thank you all for helping me make my Dreams come true.&rdquo;</p><p>Thousands of Israelies celebrate spontaneously the win of the Israeli singer Netta Barzilii at the Eurovision with her song Toy</p><p>She added: &ldquo;Now I&rsquo;m so ready for a new chapter in my life.</p><p>&ldquo;Which door will open? Which mountain will I climb nexT? I&rsquo;m empty and open for new things to come into my life. [Universe] bring it on!!</p><p>&ldquo;I promise you we&rsquo;re gonna have fun together.&rdquo;</p><p>Wild Wild Wonderland, Saara&rsquo;s LP, became a chart success in Finland earlier this month.</p><p>Monsters also peaked at No14 on the country&rsquo;s singles chart.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Best Cycling Books 2018: What to buy a bike fan this summer

    Best Cycling Books 2018: What to buy a bike fan this summer

    ears, spurred along by the rise in passion for the sport.</p><p>The Tour de France's Grand Depart in Yorkshire, its sister race the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain have all played major roles in casting cycling into the UK sporting and social spotlight.</p><p>And with that strong journalism and gripping story writing has followed.</p><p>Describing the making of notorious cycling film A Sunday in Hell, this book offers in in-depth look at the movie that any cycling nut worth their salt will have seen.</p><p>It's definitely not a light read but fascinating to those in the know.</p><p>The best collection of short stories about cycling that you will ever find.</p><p>Wilfried de Jong is a candid and slightly quirky Dutchman who has travelled to far corners of the world on a saddle.</p><p>Yet it is his stories of cycling close to home, in Flanders and the European lowlands, as well as his tackling of the great Mont Ventoux, that really stick in the memory.</p><p>Any book that focuses on a Tour will claim it is the greatest for whatever reason. And the slippery cobbles, vast skies and sudden inclines of the The Tour of Flanders means this one-day race is the pinnacle of the sport.</p><p>So says Edward Pickering, who delivers a magnificent account of history of The Ronde while taking you through each step of the race.</p><p>This is the prettiest book you will ever have on your shelf. It's bright pink Giro cover beams out at you and just calls to be picked up.</p><p>Of course, 'The story of the world's most beautiful bike race' has to be about the Giro d'Italia.</p><p>O'Brien is diligent in his factual analysis of this iconic race and pays fascinating attention to its conception.</p><p>But unlike The Ronde there isn't that fast-paced, heart-racing feel about the book that throws you into the race itself.</p><p>This is the sort of book you should take when setting off to Italy, to watch the race itself.</p><p>One of the big mysteries of cycling is how the Tour riders get over some of the world's most arduous mountains.</p><p>For amateurs, some climbs are not even worth considering!</p><p>Higher Calling looks at the history of these mountain routes and why cycling for generations have been fascinated by them.</p><p>A hefty dose of personal biography in this book helps it navigate through the odd 'historic diversion'. A good book for anyone whose friends or relatives drew of tackling Mount Ventoux any time soon.</p><p>An argument for increased number of and better cyclists, Bike Nation reminds one of the 2001 Eric Schlosser book Fast Food Nation - and not just because of the title.</p><p>There is certainly more humour in this book than the aforementioned, as Peter Walker balances sincerity and shock revelations with a sharp wit and determination to scrutinise.</p><p>This isn't a how-to manual on riding a bike but a compelling essay on the values of cycling, with as many anecdotes as there are statistics thrown in to prove the point: cycling is good for all of us!</p><p>Definitely not one if you haven't listened to the podcast before, although give that a listen and then it's worth it.</p><p>The Cycling Podcast carries the three-way conversation of the show through a year in professional cycling, taking in the sights and sounds (and tastes) of Italy, France and Spain.</p><p>This is a fun book and varies between diary extracts from the podcast presenters and pro-cyclists' insights into the tours.</p><p>The murky world of the peloton, with its dynamics, tactics and tensions, is something few of us know about.</p><p>Full Gas offers an insight into pro-cycling tactics - and crucially how that differs from strategy.</p><p>For the real cycling buff, the history of tactics and how they were developed is one of the more fascinating parts of this book and one you'll rarely find elsewhere.</p><p>But it is the accounts from riders sitting in the peloton - the 'washing machine' as Peter Cossins puts it - that make this book.</p><p>As Australian rider Tiffany Cromwell puts it at one point: "For some riders, simply being in the peloton is the cause of a lot of stress, anxiety and really plays on their nerves."</p><p>No this isn't yet another book about the history of cycling, professional racing, the Tour de France or anything like this.</p><p>Writer Shaun Sewell has compiled the diary accounts of Charles James Pope, a cycling enthusiast from the inter-war years who maybe came as close to cycling utopia as anyone has done before or since.</p><p>And it's good fun! Maybe not the most dynamic of books, with the format spanning just over 300 pages of mostly extracts.</p><p>But Pope's passion for not only cycling but the inter-war Britain's countryside and urban sprawl is charming.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Fortnite update 4.2: Epic Games tease big news and reveal server downtime plans

    Fortnite update 4.2: Epic Games tease big news and reveal server downtime plans

    ng live at the usual time.</p><p>Confirming the news on Twitter, the Fortnite support team revealed that server downtime would be required to implement the change.</p><p>This will be starting at around 9am, BST, leaving the Battle Royale island out of commision.</p><p>Players usually see themselves kicked from the game starting 20 minutes beforehand, so everyone should be ready for some disruption.</p><p>&ldquo;Greetings Friends, A new week, a new patch! v4.2 is gliding in May 15, with downtime beginning at 4am ET (08:00 GMT),&rdquo; the Epic Games message reads.</p><p>&ldquo;Burst onto the battlefield, tomorrow.&rdquo;</p><p>While the message states that Fortnite downtime will start at 8am, due to the region time difference, this will actually start at 9am, BST.</p><p>As the message implies, Epic Games look set to add a few new items, as well as some special new LTM.</p><p>There are rumours that a new Bullpup Burst Assault Rifle will be released in Fortnite Battle Royale within the next month.</p><p>It&rsquo;s unclear if this will be part of the next update, which looks set to include some exciting new items.</p><p>There will also be some new bug fixes released to help improve the overall quality of the game, some of which can be found below:</p><p>Turbo Building doesn't build anything after quickly switching to a different piece in Builder Pro.</p><p>General improvements to Twitch Prime flow for users attempting to redeem the Prime Pack. Ongoing improvements to Facebook friends, and social friend finding.</p><p>More will be revealed after the game goes down for scheduled maintenance, which is when Epic Games usually share the official patch notes.</p><p>One big change being made to the game tomorrow will be the removal of the Infinity Gauntlet Mode.</p><p>Fortnite players have until tomorrow to try to grab the Infinity Gauntlet and play as Thanos in the Infinity War Battle Royale limited time mashup.</p><p>Epic Games revealed today the end date for the Fortnite Thanos mode on PS4, Xbox One and Mobile.</p><p>Fortnite fans have until tomorrow to play the Fortnite Avengers mode in Battle Royale.</p><p>It means the event will have just lasted for a week, with it unclear if Epic Games will replace it with another limited time mode (LTM) tomorrow.</p><p>In a tweet today the Fortnite Twitter account revealed: &ldquo;The Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup ends tomorrow...</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  •  One of the 82 women in Cannes protest says problem is false view that men are 'best'

    One of the 82 women in Cannes protest says problem is false view that men are 'best'

    of the Cannes Film Festival jury, led 82 women up the steps of the Palais des Festivals on Saturday for the silent protest. </p><p> Actress Kristen Stewart, "Wonder Woman" director Patti Jenkins and "A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay were among those trying to spotlight that only 82 films directed by women have been selected to compete in the seven-decade history of the festival, compared to more than 1,600 films directed by men. The official selection for this year’s festival features three films directed by women out of a total 21. </p><p> Melissa Silverstein, a media consultant and writer who founded Women and Hollywood, a group that advocates for gender equality in the film industry, told ABC News' Brad Mielke that the disparity in the number of male- and female-directed entries came as no surprise. </p><p> At a press conference on Monday, festival director Thierry Fremaux said that Cannes would look to select a higher proportion of films directed by women in future. </p><p> The red-carpet protest was organized by French women from a movement known as 5050 by 2020 who worked with women from Time's Up movement, according to Silverstein. </p><p> "They've been working with the festival to find the right moment and action, and this is what they all decided on," Silverstein said. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said prior to the women's protest Saturday that it was a way for them "to affirm their presence." </p><p> Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors entered for recognition at Cannes, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or. </p><p> Silverstein said the root of the problem is the subjective nature of deciding what is "best." </p><p> "I think one of the things we need to do is unpack that word because automatically in our culture when we think of the best we always think about men, so what we're trying to do is make people understand that the best doesn't mean anything anymore," she said. </p><p> "The whole point is that a job should be for the best person. We get all these kind of gendered roles where the men have the priority because the narrative, albeit false narrative, has been that men sell more than women," Silverstein said. </p><p> And as for larger gender issues like equal pay, Silverstein said, "I think you need to demand it ... don't undersell yourself." "If you hire more women you get more diversity and inclusion," she added. "So if we want to increase the number of women working in the business you actually have to hire them so that they [in turn] hire other people." </p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding after heart attack, staged paparazzi photos, says report

    Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding after heart attack, staged paparazzi photos, says report

    or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p>More family drama for Meghan Markle. Her half -brother now claims the future Royal has &quot;forgotten her roots&quot; and is acting &quot;phony&quot; toward her family.</p><p>Kensington Palace refused to comment to Fox News on a bombshell report that Meghan Markle’s father is not walking the “Suits” actress down the aisle at her May 19 wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, after he suffered a heart attack a few days ago and after admitting he participated in staged paparazzi photos.</p><p>Markle’s estranged half-sister Samantha Grant also did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.</p><p>However, the celebrity gossip site claimed he ultimately chose not to attend to avoid embarrassing the royal family or his daughter.</p><p>Thomas told the celebrity gossip site he meant no harm to Markle or the royal family when he allowed a photo agency to snap photos of himself getting ready for the wedding. He also claimed the deal wasn’t made for financial gain.</p><p>Instead, Thomas insisted he’s been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him as a disheveled recluse. Thomas was allegedly upset he was photographed buying beer, implying he was an alcoholic. Instead, TMZ claimed he was buying beer for the guards at his residence.</p><p>Thomas also claimed that when a paparazzi agency approached him, he figured the opportunity would help recast his image in a more positive light. However, he admitted the photos made him appear “stupid and hammy,” and has since deeply regretted participating in the photo op.</p><p>Grant took the blame for the staged paparazzi shots of her father.</p><p>&quot;The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault,&quot; Grant tweeted Monday morning. &quot;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.&quot;</p><p>She added, &quot;We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money.&quot;</p><p>Markle has a complicated relationship with her father but announced via Kensington Palace on May 4 that he would walk her down the aisle on her big day.</p><p>But Grant, who last spoke to her famous sister in 2014, insisted her father didn't call the paparazzi for money.</p><p>&quot;I'm entirely the culprit. I said to him to show the world 'I'm getting in shape and getting healthy' so I suggested it,'&quot; she admitted on Britain's &quot;Loose Women.&quot;</p><p>Grant, who was not invited to Markle's first wedding to Trevor Engelson in 2011, was also not sent an invite to her sister's royal nuptials.</p><p>The 51-year-old insisted the 36-year-old American actress is a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.”</p><p>Thomas went on to claim that their father is still struggling financially after he allegedly went into debt to support Markle’s dreams of becoming a sought-after actress. He also claimed the patriarch wasn’t invited to the wedding — which is not true.</p><p>&quot;What kind of person starts out by using her own father until he’s bankrupt, then forgets about him in Mexico leaving him broke, over mostly all her debts,&quot; he claimed. &quot;And when it’s time to pay him back she forgets her own father like she never knew him.”</p><p>“Meg I know that I’m not perfect, nor is anyone else in our family, as I’m sure you have read by now,” he wrote. “But good, bad, or perfect, we’re the only family that you have. It does hurt my feelings not getting invited to your wedding, along with the rest of the family.</p><p>“But it’s not too late to send me an invite along with your entire family,” he added. &quot;We should all be there to show our love and support on your wedding day because that’s what families do. Not to mention, how long it’s been since we all seen and have gotten together, that would be very nice.</p><p>Thomas admitted he and his famous sibling have become distant, “along with the rest of our family members over the years.”</p><p>However, he insisted family should always come first, no matter the circumstances.</p><p>“Meg, I am very proud of you,” he claimed. “I truly want you to have a great wedding day and [a] long future with Prince Harry. I’m sorry for venting my frustrations about [how] he should call it off, but I was disappointed and confused about not getting invited. I really only wish you the best.</p><p>“I remember a loving, caring, amazing girl who had a great family growing up and I know you’re still that person inside. So whatever you decide is OK with me, maybe I’ll see you there, with all of us. It can still be a royal wedding family reunion.”</p><p>Thomas concluded, “Once again, congrats to you and Prince Harry. I’m very proud of you and wish you the best.”</p><p>“My brother is out there acting like he’s the spokesman of the family,” she said. “He is estranged from my dad because he sold my dad out to photographers from my uncle’s house and tried to get my fragile uncle to talk.</p><p>&quot;He gave up my dad’s whereabouts. In other words, all those rumors out there started by my brother. He claimed he would walk Meg down the aisle. That’s more malarkey than I could even imagine to articulate.”</p><p>Grant added she and her family are new to the spotlight and it can be difficult to cope with the worldwide interest in their personal lives.</p><p>“As much as I love and respect Meg, she’s got security and a publicist and can be protected from all that,” she said. “She and Harry can tell the media to stop. The rest of the family doesn’t have that luxury. I love her, [but] she may not want me saying anything.</p><p>“I refuse to be a victim of the media. I’m not going to let them disparage me, embarrass me personally and professionally and not defend myself… I can only hope she would respect and understand that… In fact, if I were Meg, I would probably put something out there so that there was some sort of protective mechanism in place where the family couldn’t be tortured as much.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 May 14, 2018
  • NES Classic making a big comeback, good news for SNES Mini fans too

    NES Classic making a big comeback, good news for SNES Mini fans too

    revealed when the NES Classic will be back in stores.</p><p>While it was only supposed to have a very limited run, the sheer popularity of NES Classic Edition has helped bring it back in 2018.</p><p>Stock shortages hampered the original release, which was followed by the SNES Mini in 2017.</p><p>But having promised earlier that they would release the NES Classic again, Nintendo today announced their official plans.</p><p>For those who missed out and want another chance at buying a NES, you&rsquo;ll get your chance next month.</p><p>The NES Classic is returning to shelves on June 29, something that should prove very popular with fans.</p><p>Nintendo also provided an update on the SNES Classic, confirming that stock would be made available for the Mini console until the holiday season.</p><p>The Mini console range from Nintendo has proven very popular with fans and is likely going to be a top gift choice in December.</p><p>&ldquo;#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29!&rdquo; the tweet from Nintendo reads.</p><p>&ldquo;This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year.&rdquo;</p><p>And the good news is that the UK Nintendo Twitter account posted their own message on the subject, confirming that NES Minis will also be restocked in the UK.</p><p>For those that aren&rsquo;t interested in buying a Classic Mini console but still want to play the games, the Nintendo Switch Online service will be going live soon.</p><p>This will be a paid subscription service that also includes access to a library of retro titles.</p><p>Nintendo has already announced ten of the launch games, including Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda and Ice Climbers.</p><p>Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Soccer, Tennis, Balloon Fight and Dr Mario also feature.</p><p>And the good news doesn't stop there, because these games will also be playable online.</p><p>"Depending on the game, players can engage in online competitive or co-op multiplayer, or take turns controlling the action," the post continues.</p><p>"Friends can even watch each other play single-player games online, and 'pass the controller' at any time."</p><p>Voice chat is also supported through the smartphone app.</p><p>Nintendo Online Service will be available from September, where it will cost as little as &pound;3.49 a month in the UK.</p><p>Alternatively, fans can opt for a three month membership for &pound;6.99, or an annual subscription for &pound;17.99.</p><p>There's even a 12 month family membership available for &pound;31.49. Creating a family group lets up to eight people share a membership, even on different consoles.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>

    1 May 14, 2018

Comments

Earn free bitcoin