Thomas Markle, who will walk his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, has been caught on CCTV willingly posing for faked photographs that have been sold to newspapers around the world.
Together with other pictures taken with his co-operation, they will have netted up to £100,000.
The astonishing footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday shows the 73-year-old former lighting director arriving at an internet cafe with photographer Jeff Rayner .
Minutes later, the pair are seen preparing to photograph Mr Markle while he is sitting at a computer looking at a news story about his daughter and Prince Harry .
In other photos, Mr Markle appears to undergo being measured for a wedding suit at a backstreet store.
The Mail on Sunday spoke to the young man seen measuring his waistline and neck.
He was described as a ‘tailor’ in information supplied with the picture but he is actually 17-year-old David Flores, a student who works part-time in a shop supplying tables, chairs and bunting for parties.
In another, Meghan’s father studies a book on British landmarks in preparation for the wedding – but again the image was carefully choreographed.
Former Suits star Meghan is said to be devoted to her father, whose nickname for her is Bean. She credits him with encouraging her Hollywood career by taking her on to the set of the shows where he worked as a lighting director.
Very few pictures of Mr Markle have emerged, so the shots appearing to show him preparing for his starring role at St George’s Chapel on Saturday would have been highly lucrative.