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There’s been a lot of speculation leading up to the royal wedding as to whether or not Meghan Markle‘s father, Thomas Markle, would be attending. Her half-siblings, Samantha and Thomas Jr., were telling anyone and everyone who would pay them that their dad was snubbed and Meghan is a monster and blah blah blah. For the most part, Meghan, Prince Harry and her soon-to-be new family have done a good job of ignoring all the stories but just last week, Kensington Palace must’ve had enough because they released a statement with all kinds of details about the wedding — including confirmation that Thomas would indeed be walking his daughter down the aisle.

Ahh, there’s something oh-so-satisfying about Sam and Junior basically getting the royal flip-off. Clearly Thomas always knew he’d have a role in Meghan’s wedding but decided not to tell the rest of his family anything because, well, we can only guess, but they seem to be a bunch of spiteful, greedy a-holes. Or maybe he had to sign some sort of Royal NDA. Whatever the case, all the crap Megs’ half-sibs had been trying to feed us has been all wrong. So very, very wrong.

“Meghan loves her dad,” a source told People. “Like any father-daughter relationship, there have been ups and downs over the years. But they are in a good place now.”

One of Meghan’s former classmates told People that “her dad was such a sweetheart.” Thomas, who worked as a lighting director on various TV shows, would do the sets on school plays and “would volunteer his time even after Meghan graduated.”

The insider added: “She was close with her parents. They were affectionate.”

As for Markle Jr.’s claims that Meghan left their dad in financial ruin after he supported her education and acting career, the source denied it, saying, “She’s been supportive of him in every way, including financially. She has paid many of her father’s bills over the years.”

Of course Meghan and her dad have had ups and downs. What family hasn’t? But he’s her dad, she’s his daughter, and if they can put whatever issues they may have had behind them, then good for them. As for her siblings, Megs shouldn’t waste a single thought on them. Hell, she’s gearing up for the wedding of the year. That’s enough to deal with.

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