Good Morning Britain ditches Meghan Markle’s sister-in-law and nephews from ITV’s royal wedding coverage despite them flying over to London to take part
- Tracey Dooley, Meghan’s sister-in-law, and her sons have flown into London
- Family were due to serve as ‘special correspondents’ for Good Morning Britain
- But ITV has confirmed they would not be taking part in its coverage of the event
- The family have done several interviews since news of the engagement broke
Meghan Markle’s estranged family have reportedly been dropped from media duties with Good Morning Britain.
Tracey Dooley, who is Meghan’s sister-in-law, and her son Tyler had flown into London to give insight during the day, despite not being invited to the ceremony.
But ITV has today confirmed that they would not be taking part in its coverage of the event.
Tracey and Tyler have done a series of media interviews since the news broke of Meghan’s engagement to Prince Harry.
They have appeared on Good Morning Britain on several occasions, and were once invited to take part in programme’s coverage on air, an offer they accepted.
Tracey Dooley, who is Meghan’s sister-in-law, and her son Tyler had flown into London to give insight during the day, despite not being invited to the ceremony
The family is staying at the H10 hotel in Waterloo, where rooms are available for as little as £70 per night
Tyler Dooley and his girlfriend Sandra Bazan are pictured leaving their hotel in Waterloo, London yesterday
Armed with no less than 13 suitcases, the family were pictured arriving at Heathrow airport on Monday having flown in from their home in Oregon.
A cheerful Tracy could even be seen flashing a peace sign to photographers as she made her way from security.
Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began posting image on his Facebook page, sharing snaps of a few landmarks, as well as an image showing his hotel room.
The family is staying at the H10 hotel in Waterloo, where rooms are available for as little as £70 per night.
The hotel is located just a short distance from Waterloo station, and is an hour’s driving distance from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Meghan and Harry are due to tie the knot.
Along with the images – which also showed the outside of another nearby landmark, the Imperial War Museum, seemingly captured from the back of a car.
Tracey and Tyler (pictured left) have done a series of media interviews since the news broke of Meghan’s engagement to Prince Harry (shown right, Tyler with his girlfriend Sandra)
Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began posting image on his Facebook page, sharing snaps of a few landmarks, as well as an image showing his hotel room
The images were met with a warm response from Tyler’s Facebook friends, with many urging him to ‘have a blast’, while others reminded Meghan’s nephew to ‘take pics’
Tyler also shared an update about his travels with his Facebook friends, writing: ‘Just touched down in London!!! Man what a journey so far. We’re safe and sound!’
The images were met with a warm response from Tyler’s Facebook friends, with many urging him to ‘have a blast’, while others reminded Meghan’s nephew to ‘take pics’.
Tyler, 25, runs a legal cannabis farm and has created a royal wedding strain called Markle’s Sparkle.
Preparations for the wedding have been thrown into chaos after Meghan’s father repeatedly changed his mind about attending the event until his ill health made the trip the UK impossible.
Prince Harry’s bride-to-be, 36, has still only shared texts with Thomas Markle but has told him she loves him and forgives him for the scandal he caused on the eve of the biggest day of her life.
Her father is said to be ‘alone and upset’ in hospital after having three stents put in his heart.
Meghan, pictured with her retired father Thomas Markle, 73, in around 2000, says she still cares for her father despite the chaos he has caused ahead of her wedding day
Meghan Markle has described her sadness after revealing her father will not attend her wedding to Prince Harry
Harry and Meghan are said to be heartbroken that Thomas cannot come because of health problems and the scandal of his paparazzi deal
The 73-year-old has spoken to TMZ journalist Sean Mandell from his bed overnight and he said: ‘Meghan was embarrassed and tearful in private. She is holding up, from what I’ve been told. It has been a tearful and a trying time for her’.
When asked if their relationship can recover he said: ‘I do get the sense he [Thomas] does want to be reunited with Meghan. She’s no stranger to having to deal with hard moments in her life’.
Mr Markle may not be discharged before his daughter’s wedding after he had three stents implanted in arteries following a heart attack at home in Mexico eight days ago.
Thomas Markle (pictured at a shop last week) is recovering after he had three stents implanted in arteries after suffering a heart attack at home in Mexico eight days ago and will now not attend the wedding
He said: ‘It will take a long time to heal. I’m okay. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited’.
Today a wedding rehearsal started in Windsor without the bride and groom.
Mr Mandell told Good Morning Britain: ‘She [Meghan] called him Monday when the story first broke. But he did not have his phone on him and then she text him saying she loved him, that she was concerned over his health and bore him no ill will over the controversy of the fake photos.
‘He [Thomas] told us we wanted to be there and had a change of heart on Tuesday after speaking with Meghan over text and he felt he had pulled out prematurely.
‘He had originally felt it would be better for him not to be at the wedding because it would cause further embarrassment, he thought, for the royal family, and for Meghan, which is the last thing he wanted.
‘He realised, I’m a father, and I want to be there for my daughter, and I want to be part of history.Ultimately his health prevented him from being able to do that.
‘But ultimately his health prevented him from doing that’.
He added: ‘Meghan is by all accounts is a very strong women. From what Thomas has told me there’s just love being conveyed there and a gentle approach between them when they speak.’
Meghan’s mother Doria was given VIP treatment when she landed at Heathrow yesterday and is expected to give her daughter away in her father’s absence.
Thousands have lined the streets of Windsor today to see the armed forces including the Household Cavalry (pictured) marched through the Berkshire town during a dress rehearsal for the royal wedding
Charles and Camilla have been pictured leaving Kensington Palace by helicopter today where they are likely to have met Meghan’s mother Doria mother for the first time
Mr Markle said his doctors needed to ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation.
His daughter Samantha, who has a poor relationship with Meghan, claims her father is ‘upset and alone’ following his surgery.
But there is some confusion over his care as sources close to the Markle family told the Mail yesterday that Mr Markle had already been diagnosed with a heart condition and was due to undergo planned surgery to fit a stent, the same operation Prince Philip underwent in 2011, early next week – on his return from London.
Miss Markle’s nephew, Tyler Dooley, has said he hopes his grandfather will travel but said: ‘We’ll just have to wait and see.’
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew into Heathrow on an overnight flight from Los Angeles and she is expected to give her daughter away.
Dressed casually in a T-shirt, linen trousers and canvas pumps, and carrying a suit bag containing what is believed to be her Burberry wedding outfit, she was picked up from the steps of the aircraft by a royal fleet Jaguar.
On the go: Meghan’s mother Doria was picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX on Tuesday and has since landed in the UK where she is expected to give her daughter away
She was driven to Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite, where Harry’s assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill was waiting with an immigration officer.
A member of staff from the private office carried her bags.
Miss Ragland, described as a ‘free spirit’ by her daughter and ‘amazing’ by Harry, was taken to Kensington Palace where she will stay until Friday.
She will not have long to shake off any effects of jet lag. It is thought she will meet the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the next 24 hours.
On the night before the wedding she and her daughter will move with the bridal party to historic Cliveden, a 25-minute drive from Windsor Castle.
It is widely thought that should her former husband, with whom she is said to be ‘barely on speaking terms’, fail to show, it will be Miss Ragland who has the task of walking her daughter down the aisle. Some royal insiders have also questioned whether Prince Charles might step in to do the honours.
How Meghan Markle’s estranged family have turned the wedding into a VERY colourful affair
Tracey Dooley, 52
The recovering alcoholic, who sells advertising was once married to Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr.
She was pictured arriving at Heathrow with her sons Tyler and Thomas, and are in the UK to conduct a round of interviews – even though she hasn’t seen Meghan for around 20 years.
She is documenting her stay in London on a Facebook page ‘Royal Wedding with the Dooley Markles’ where she has uploaded a selection of pictures of famous landmarks.
The recovering alcoholic (left, and right, with her son Tyler) sells advertising and was once married to Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr
Tyler Dooley, 25
Tracey’s son Tyler – Meghan’s nephew – is developing a strain of cannabis called ‘Markle’s Sparkle’ in the US state of Oregon, known for its relaxed drug laws.
He considers himself a ‘pioneer’ in the legal production of the drug in California.
He claims to have last spoken to Meghan three years ago – and remembers her babysitting them when they were younger.
Tyler with his girlfriend Sandra (left) and with his mother Tracy, right
Thomas Markle Jr, 50
Mr Markle Jr – Meghan’s estranged half brother – works as a jobbing glass fitter in Grants Pass, Oregon. His girlfriend Darlene Blount, 37, spent two nights in jail recently.
She allegedly assaulted her boyfriend on New Year’s Day, and a year earlier he allegedly held a gun to her head. Both charges were dropped.
Thomas Markle Jr (pictured) works as a jobbing glass fitter in Grants Pass, Oregon
Mr Markle Jr (after he was arrested in January, left) wrote a letter to Prince Harry describing Meghan as a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage’
He wrote a letter to Prince Harry describing Meghan as a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.’
Thomas Jnr then grew up in the same household as his father, sister Samantha, step-mother Doria and half sister Meghan.
Roslyn Markle, 72
Meghan’s stepmother was once married to Meghan’s father. She is the mother of Meghan’s two half siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Grant.
Roslyn (nee Loveless) and Thomas Snr were both living in Chicago, Illinois, when they met and married – but split when their son was 10 in 1976.
Meghan’s stepmother, Roslyn (above), was once married to Meghan’s father. She is the mother of Meghan’s two half siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Grant
After the divorce, Roslyn moved with her two children to Albuquerque, New Mexico, while Thomas Sr relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in TV and film.
Roslyn – who does not speak to Samantha – also had another child, with son Bobby Lucero now 35.
Thomas Markle, 73
Meghan’s father was a workaholic who already had two children from his first marriage to Rosyln Loveless when he met Doria, Meghan’s mother.
He worked in showbusiness, winning awards for lighting direction, and won £560,000 on the lottery which allowed Meghan to be privately educated.
But he split with his wife and left LA for Mexico after declaring himself bankrupt with credit card debts of £24,180.
He now lives as a recluse in Rosarito in Mexico.
Mr Markle worked in showbusiness, winning awards for lighting direction
Samantha Markle, 53
Meghan’s half sister admits she hasn’t spoken to Meghan in almost a decade, but plans to release a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
She has launched a number of verbal attacks at Meghan, and hit out when it she wasn’t invited. She hasn’t seen her half sister for ten years.
Samantha, a writer and counsellor who is based in Florida and sometimes uses the surname Grant, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.
Samantha, a writer and counsellor who is based in Florida, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008
Meghan’s half sister (left, and with Meghan in 2008, right) admits she hasn’t spoken to the bride-to-be in almost a decade, but plans to release a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister
Meghan’s teenage niece Noel Rasmussen, 19, is estranged from her mother Samantha
Noel Rasmussen, 19
Meghan’s teenage niece is estranged from her mother Samantha.
She lives with her grandmother Roslyn Markle, Thomas’s first wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She has defended Meghan from attacks by her own mother, saying she has spent ‘years’ telling her how much she hates the future princess.
‘She wanted to be nice, to say how much she loves her sister – but after years of telling me and the rest of the family how much she hates Meghan and what a horrible woman Meghan is, which isn’t true.’
Michael Markle, 78
Meghan’s uncle, retired diplomat Michael Markle, worked for the US Air Force and lives in Palm Bay, Florida.
He is Thomas Markle’s brother.
During his distinguished 19-year career, he worked in Ottawa, Bucharest, Berlin and Guam, and used his connections to help Meghan get a job at the US embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001.
He told The Mail on Sunday how he helped her get the position when she was just 20.
Meghan’s uncle, retired diplomat Michael Markle (above), worked for the US Air Force and lives in Palm Bay, Florida. He is Thomas Markle’s brother
Frederick Markle, 75
Thomas Markle’s other brother Fred, is a bishop.
The 75-year-old is the leader at the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in the US, in Florida, where he goes under the name Bishop Dismas.
He is said to be a recluse and is rarely seen outside of the church, which used to have a congregation of around 40, but is now only attended by the Bishop himself.
He is said to be a recluse and is rarely seen outside of the church, which used to have a congregation of around 40, but is now only attended by the Bishop himself
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