Ever since the explosive Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview aired, things have been in a frenzy. Many allegations and disparities have come to light, along with the happiness of knowing about the second baby. However, among all the chaos that has risen from this, some older wounds have come back to haunt the couple. Soon after the interview, Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, expressed his views and why he staged the paparazzi’s photos. Thomas Markle was due to walk Meghan down the aisle, but the plan never came to fruition.
Background: Thomas Markle debacle
Meghan Markle is a biracial woman, with her father Thomas Markle being white. Her father worked as director of photography and lighting on shows and so she spent her early life on sets. The initial plan for her wedding to Prince Harry included Thomas Markle walking her down the aisle. However, close to the date of the wedding, news leaked that Thomas Markle had staged pictures with the paparazzi. This created much upheaval. Markle’s paternal half-sister, Samantha Markle took the blame for the idea. Unfortunately, the damage was done. Markle Sr. did not attend the wedding under the pretext of going through heart surgery. It was Prince Charles who accompanied her for some distance while Meghan decided to walk down the aisle alone as a statement.
Thomas Markle’s allegations
After the Oprah interview, on Tuesday, Thomas Markle opened up about the whole deal. He expressed how sorry he was that he did stage the pictures. Explaining the deal, Markle said that he felt ‘totally unprotected’ by his family since he was constantly being harrowed by the press. The paparazzi had managed to get to his house in Mexico and according to Markle Sr., he had no peace.
It was at this time that Markle’s other daughter, Samatha, was contacted by a man that they could do things to make him look good’. He was allegedly being made the bad guy in the whole scenario and foolishly fell into the trap that could make him look good. The whole thing backfired. According to him, Meghan has not contacted him since the stint. The last the two conversed was via text post-Markle’s surgery.
Markle also made statements regarding Meghan’s words in the interview. He believed that the royal family is indeed not racist. He further said that because Meghan had ghosted him, he couldn’t be there for her in the difficult times. According to Thomas Markle, he is always ready for reconciliation.
In the interview, Meghan opened up about the events that occurred. She expressed her grief and explained how she felt ‘betrayed’ by what her father did. After the pictures were published, Meghan said they did reach out to him for help. But he refused to admit what he actually did. She compared her experience with now being a mother and expressed how could never imagine doing something that would hurt her son Archie.
Meghan explained how the paparazzi purposefully published the pictures just the Sunday before the wedding, causing many problems. After such an incident, she felt hard to connect with her father.