Will Meghan Markle Stay Away From the U.K. for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Now That Her Father Thomas Markle Will Be There?

Meghan Markle‘s relationship with her father, Thomas Markle Sr., played out in the headlines leading up to her and Prince Harry’s wedding day.

In 2018, photos were released of Thomas making preparations for his daughter’s big day. But the public later learned that those pictures were staged. It was also thought that Meghan’s father was going to walk her down the aisle. However, shortly before the royal wedding was to take place it was announced that Prince Charles would be doing that instead because Thomas was not going to make the event. Following all that, Thomas continued to speak to the media about Meghan and Harry and it got to the point where their relationship seemed like it was beyond repair. Now, Meghan’s father is hoping to reunite with his daughter at Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. But will his mere presence keep the Duchess of Sussex at her home on the other side of the pond?

Meghan Markle, whose father Thomas Markle is attending the Queen’s Platinum, attends the sitting volleyball event during the Invictus Games
Meghan Markle attends the sitting volleyball event during the Invictus Games | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Thomas announced he will be in England for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

On April 25, GB News host Dan Wootton tweeted that Thomas was going to be a guest on his show and would make a “shocking announcement.” That announcement was that he was traveling to the U.K. to attend the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and is hoping that while he’s there he can meet with the queen and Prince Charles, but also see Prince Harry in person for the first time and meet his grandchildren.

The problem with Thomas’ plan is that it was never confirmed that Meghan or Harry would even be attending the festivities in June.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did visit Queen Elizabeth II recently on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands but their spokesperson did not reveal when they could return to England.

Does Thomas Markle going to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee mean Meghan won’t?

Meghan and her father do not have a relationship today. They haven’t seen each other in years and Thomas has never met Archie and Lilibet. Harry’s wife spoke publicly about their fallout during her sitdown with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. The former talk show host asked Meghan about when she confronted Thomas over the staged paparazzi photos.

“If we’re going to use the word betrayal, it’s because when I asked him, when the comms team told us this the story was coming out, we called my dad and I asked him and he said, ‘No, absolutely not,’” the duchess told Oprah. “I said, ‘The institution has never intervened for anything for us, but they can try to go in and kill this story. But if they do this once, we’re not gonna be able to use that same leverage to protect our own kids one day.’”

Meghan continued: “I said, ‘I just need you to tell me and if you tell me the truth, we can help’ and he wasn’t able to do that. And that, for me, has really resonated, especially now as a mother.”

We know Thomas is not just going to be able to push past security and get close to any members of the royal family when he gets to London. And given the state of things today with Meghan, it’s highly unlikely that she would make any plan to reunite with her father willingly on his terms now that he’s trying to force it just because he’ll be in England. In fact, if she and Harry were considering going to the queen’s Platinum Jubliee with their children, this might actually deter them from doing so since security is already a concern for them and this could definitely create more of a circus.

Only time will tell. But if Meghan does go it won’t be because of her father and if she doesn’t, it just might be.

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