Is Meghan Markle Embarrassed by Her Family?

Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father and siblings is incredibly strained and appears to be getting more strained by the day. Thomas Markle Sr. hasn’t spoken to his daughter since the eve of her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. He’s never met the prince and hasn’t laid eyes on his grandson, either. Regardless of the rift, the elder Markle hasn’t stopped talking to the press, nor have Markle’s siblings, Thomas Markle Jr., and Samantha Markle. With Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from royal life making headlines, everyone is wondering what went so terribly wrong in the Markle family, and whether or not Markle is embarrassed by her family members’ desperate attempts to garner the spotlight.

Meghan Markle once had lovely things to say about her father

Back in 2017, Markle sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss her upbringing. She noted that her parents, while they divorced when she was young, always seemed to work together in her best interest. She said that they vacationed together, spent time together, and even enjoyed Sunday meals together. She’s spoken about growing up on the set of the television shows that her father worked on, and from the sounds of it, the father-daughter duo enjoyed a close relationship.

Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane
Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane | Frank Ockenfels/USA/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The elder Markle has been pretty open about his relationship with this daughter. He noted that she told him when she met Prince Harry, and they discussed him fairly regularly until the engagement. The elder Markle even spoke to Prince Harry after he popped the question, according to The Evening Standard. The elder Markle and Prince Harry, however, never got a chance to meet one another. Things turned sour shortly before the pair were set to walk down the aisle.

When did their relationship deteriorate

Things appeared to go downhill quickly for the father-daughter duo. The catalyst of the rift that now exists seems to be rooted in the elder Markle’s decision to skip the royal wedding after photos taken in the beachfront Mexican town he resides in were revealed to be staged. The elder Markle and the paparazzi attempted to pass them off as candid shots. It seems the elder Markle was paid for the photos.

Evening Standard headlines with news of Meghan Markle's father not attending the upcoming royal wedding
Evening Standard headlines with news of Meghan Markle’s father not attending the upcoming royal wedding | Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images Images

He claims he hasn’t spoken to his daughter since the eve of her wedding to the prince, but he has been talking to the press, regardless of the warning he claims he was given by the prince about speaking with the media. Markle’s fans see her father as nothing more than money-hungry, believing that he’s been chasing paychecks from media outlets ever since the news of Markle’s engagement broke. Opponents of the Duchess of Sussex see the elder Markle as a confused father, desperate to reconnect with his daughter.

Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, it’s clear to say that a serious wedge has been placed between the father and daughter. It does seem, however, that the duchess’ much older siblings have played a hand in the problem, and it’s possible that Markle is thoroughly embarrassed by them.

Is Meghan Markle embarrassed by her family?

While the relationship between Markle and her father is certainly not healthy at the moment, she’s never outright claimed to be embarrassed by him. In fact, everything she’s said about him leading up to the familial rift was positive. The real thorn in the side of the duchess seems to be her older half-siblings. Markle’s much older sister, Samantha Markle, has been incredibly outspoken about her distaste for her younger sister. The Markle sisters haven’t had contact in more than a decade. In fact, the last time the pair were in the same room together was 2008, long before Markle landed her breakout role on Suits. Samantha Markle was left off of the guestlist for both of her sister’s weddings.

Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle
Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Markle’s brother, Thomas Markle Jr., has been a problem, too. He’s penned several open letters to his younger sister and appears to be taking advantage of her celebrity every chance he gets. According to Us Weekly, Markle Jr. even appeared in a beer ad that mocked the younger Markle. Still, he claims he’d like to reunite with this sister.

Has this all been embarrassing for the younger Markle? She’s never said, but one can assume that having your family’s dysfunction aired to the world can’t be a comfortable feeling. Both half-siblings have also said some pretty horrible things about the youngest member of the Markle clan. Whether they’ll ever reunite is unknown, but frankly, it seems unlikely.