Does Meghan Markle See Prince Charles as More of a Father Figure Than Thomas Markle?

It’s no secret that Meghan Markle has had a lot of drama with her family. From her parent’s traumatic divorce when she was a young child to her father staging photos for the paparazzi in the days just prior to her wedding, it seems as though she can’t escape the trials and tribulation caused by certain members of her family. Still, her union with Prince Harry has brought her several unexpected benefits, including a close relationship with her husband’s father, Prince Charles. Read on to discover how close the two have become and the unique place that he has in her life.

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Meghan Markle’s problems with her father?

Markle’s issues with her father really began when she started dating Prince Harry. In fact, according to interviews with Markle, she had a great relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, when she was young, and he would even bring her with him to television sets where he worked as a lighting director. When her career really took off, and she started filming all around the world for her hit TV show Suits, that is reportedly when the issues with her father began. 

However, the problems didn’t become public knowledge until Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry. While Thomas Markle met Prince Harry over the phone and the two reportedly got along quite well, it seems that somewhere along the way, things turned sour. 

Why did Prince Charles walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?

Although initially, the plan for the royal wedding was that Thomas Markle would walk his daughter down the aisle on her big day, that plan was scrapped following the unveiling of staged paparazzi photos allegedly set up by the duchesses father. Instead, he was uninvited to the ceremony and Meghan Markle announced that the reason her father would not be attending was due to his recent heart attack. The drama made headlines all over the world and fans started wondering what the next chapter in the ongoing saga would be.

As it turned out, Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, stepped up to fill the void left by Thomas Markle’s antics. Prince Charles was the one that escorted Meghan Markle down the aisle halfway, while she walked herself down the other half. It was a sweet gesture that showed royal watchers how ready the royal family was to welcome their newest member, and that they appreciated the Suits actress for the happiness she evidently brought to Prince Harry.

Is Prince Charles Meghan Markle’s new father figure?

Walking her down the aisle isn’t the only instance of Prince Charles showing support for his daughter-in-law. Reportedly, the two bonded right away over shared life experiences, including the harsh treatment that they have both received by the media. Prince Charles even has a sweet nickname for Markle, calling her “Tungsten” as a tribute to her strength and resilience. Markle also gets along beautifully with Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, and has been spotted several times in public laughing and chatting with her as though they have known each other for ages.

As for whether or not Prince Charles is taking Thomas Markle’s place in Meghan Markle’s life, it’s entirely possible. A recent report claims that the duchess only wants positive influences in Baby Archie Harrison’s life and that right now, she feels like she has a strong family unit surrounding her. Prince Charles has certainly done an incredible job of welcoming her into the family and supporting her in spite of everything that that has happened. While some members of Markle’s family, including Thomas Markle, might be desperate for reconciliation, it seems that for now, the damage has been done.