Meghan Markle ‘p***** me off’ says brother Thomas Markle Jr
The Duchess of Sussex’s fallout with her father Thomas Markle has been a source of speculation ever since he failed to attend her wedding to Prince Harry. While she remains close with her mother, Doria Ragland, and is thought to have moved back to California so she could be nearer to her, it is believed that Meghan has not been in contact with Mr Markle since before her nuptials. Mr Markle was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle but tensions arose when he seemed to be communicating with the press.
This frustrated Meghan and Harry, and their feud escalated when Mr Markle addressed the matter with the media.
Then, just before the wedding, he had a heart attack and was unable to attend.
Father and daughter will come face to face during the trial for Meghan’s privacy case against Associated Newspapers, expected to take place in Autumn 2021.
She is suing the publishers after a handwritten letter she had addressed to her father in August 2018 appeared in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline — Mr Markle allegedly gave the newspaper the letter in an attempt to defend himself amid ongoing reports about their fallout.
Meghan’s letter was intended to heal their bond, but Mr Markle is thought not to have met Harry nor their one-year-old son, Archie Harrison.
Meghan Markle and her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan remains close with her mother Doria Ragland
This family drama kicked off from the first moment of Meghan’s life on the royal frontline, and so the Queen was aware that it could have an impact on the unity of the Firm, and allegedly wanted to take action.
A source told journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis: “[The Queen] was very concerned that [the Markle situation] was spiraling out of control, which it was.
“Buckingham Palace wanted to be able to do something and be proactive and make the situation go away.
“It was a direction from the Queen, so her courtiers were under strict instructions to sort it out.
“But Kensington Palace was not singing from the same hymn sheet, and that was because the message was coming from Meghan.
“She didn’t want to engage and thought that she could handle it on her own.
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Doria was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend her wedding to Harry in 2018
Charles walked Meghan down the aisle in her father’s absence
“There was a lot of tension between courtiers within the two royal households, and I think it just got to a point where it was a stalemate and, you know, neither could move.”
Writing for the US publication Vanity Fair, Ms Grigoriadis claimed there was a key cultural difference in the two women’s approach towards family.
She claimed: “Brits often can’t escape their families or even their class, whereas our [the American] myth is based on striking out on one’s own.”
Even so, the Palace tried to respect Meghan’s wishes.
Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson told Vanity Fair: “This is her family and no one at the Palace would make a move without her.”
Yet, Mr Markle went on to speak out against the Royal Family as a whole to the media.
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The Queen wanted to help Meghan’s family feud
Meghan and Harry with their one-year-old son Archie
He said: “If Meghan never speaks to me again, I don’t know how I can go on without my heart breaking.”
He added: “I’ve about had it with Meghan and the Royal Family.”
His words came just before the Sussexes’ wedding, which he watched from an Airbnb.
It was not long until Meghan’s half-siblings began to speak out against her, too.
Her older sister Samantha Markle began to question Meghan when she was on her first major tour with Harry in Australia.
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She undermined her sister’s speech about paying for her own college education by tweeting that their father paid for it, adding that Meghan is “delusionally absurd”.
She went on to say that she thought the Sussexes “might have believed” their father’s heart attack was “fake”.
Her older brother, Thomas Markle Junior, maintains that he still loves Meghan, but in January said: “It’s like my father said, ‘I don’t recognise this person in my daughter anymore’, and neither do I and the rest of the family.
“I don’t believe in some of her actions as far as disowning her family and saying we don’t exist when we’ve given her a great childhood and upbringing.”
Meghan has maintained complete silence when it comes to addressing her family dramas in public.
Now she and Harry have stepped back from the royal fold, it is unlikely that the Royal Family would attempt to wade in and fix the public feud again.