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Meghan Markle has had quite the year. First, she became the Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry in May. They revealed they were expecting their first child five months later, and then embarked on an epic royal tour that cemented their place as BRF favourites. But, of course, there were going to be some hiccups along the way. No one is, or has it, that perfect — not even Meghan. Probably the most annoying hiccup of Meghan’s year comes in the form of her family; more specifically, her father, Thomas Markle.

Oh, the drama that Thomas brought, from the paparazzi debacle, to him skipping the wedding, to his countless interviews with the press, he has been the biggest blemish in Meghan’s otherwise banner year. Ever since the troubles with her father played out publicly, Megs has made it pretty clear that her way of dealing with it was by not dealing with it at all, just ignoring it and hoping it would all go away. Which has been just plain wrong, according to The Queen.

Vanity Fair is reporting that Meghan and her grandmother-in-law have disagreed on the way the situation with Thomas has been handled thus far, and after yet another public plea, we can’t help but agree with Her Maj.

“[The Queen] was very concerned that it [the Markle situation] was spiraling out of control, which it was,” one observer told the mag. “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.”

Look, it’s great that Meghan is a strong, independent, capable woman who likes to handle her business, but this is on a different level than she’s used to. And for the sake of everyone involved, Megs probably should have let the experts deal with it. The royals know how these things work and have been faced with “situations” like this for decades. The Queen could’ve welcomed Thomas into the family, gotten her people to set him up with a house or a job or whatever, something that would’ve kept him close but not too close, you know? Based on what we’ve seen from Markle so far, we’re not a hundred per cent sure he would’ve been able to keep quiet, as he doesn’t seem to be the most cooperative dude around. That being said, Meghan just sweeping him, and their issues, under the rug hasn’t worked so far, so clearly something else needs to be done.

Can this still be salvaged? Maybe. Sure! First, in our humble opinion, Meghan has to stop overlooking her father’s behaviour and big mouth and shut it down. Because it’s only going to get worse once Baby Sussex (a.k.a. Markle’s grandchild) is born. If that doesn’t work, we dare say Meghan needs to put pride aside and ask The Queen to get involved. Because it’s one thing for Thomas to ignore the pleas of his daughter; we’d like to see him try and go against the Queen of England.

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