Meghan Markle Has Put the Drama With Her Father, Thomas Markle Behind Her — Here’s Why
Meghan Markle’s transition to royal life hasn’t exactly been easy — especially thanks to her father, Thomas Markle. But, now, it appears the Duchess of Sussex is putting the drama with her father behind her. Find out why, ahead.
Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father
The Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with her father wasn’t always rocky (or public). In fact, the two were very close when she was a child and remained that way even after she moved to Toronto to film Suits. According to reports, after Thomas Markle filed bankruptcy in 2016, his daughter offered her help. “She’s been supportive of him in every day, including financially,” an unnamed source told People. “She has paid many of her father’s bills over the years.”
Royal wedding drama
After announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, things really started to go south for Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father. Leading up to the royal wedding, Thomas Markle staged paparazzi photos for money. He then revealed to TMZ that he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo surgery ahead of the royal wedding.
Due to his health (and possibly the drama), Thomas Markle was unable to attend the royal wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle. “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Meghan Markle announce in a Kensington Palace statement. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support,” she added.
A public plea
Following the royal wedding, Thomas Markle (and other family members) did not stay out of the press, causing more drama for the Duchess of Sussex. And, in February 2019, he released a private five-page letter from his daughter. In the personal note, Meghan Markle asked expressed her deep hurt over the pain he has caused her through the tabloids. “Daddy, it is with a heavy heart that I write this, not understanding why you have chosen to take this path, turning a blind eye to the pain you’re causing… Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces — not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice not to tell the truth as you are puppeteered into this. Something I will never understand,” she wrote.
Meghan Markle wants to put the drama behind her
Despite all of the pain Thomas Markle has caused his daughter, the Duchess of Sussex is putting the drama behind her to focus on motherhood. “I think really she’s been incredibly hurt and disappointed by how many members of her family have behaved, but from what I am told, she’s moved on,” royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed to Fox News. “She’s making a family of her own and I think sometimes that can be unifying. However, I’m not sure if we will necessarily see that with the Markle and I’m not sure we will see it with Meghan and her father in particular,” she added.
According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex has cut ties with her father altogether and is focusing on the next chapter of her life.
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