They say the first year of marriage is the toughest, and for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, extended family isn’t helping the newlyweds make it any closer to their paper anniversary. The situation between the new Duchess of Sussex and her father Thomas Markle continues to play out in the press. In the latest installment, Thomas Markle is once again speaking to the Daily Mail, this time telling the publication that Prince Harry did, in fact, warn him about speaking publicly and that he initially lied to his son-in-law about his involvement with the paparazzi. Oh, Thomas. When it comes to dealing with the media that hounds the royals, listen to the royal.
In his third Daily Mail interview, which he promises will be his last (will it, though?), Markle says that although he and Harry have still yet to meet in person, they did have many friendly phone conversations leading up to the wedding. During one chat, Harry cautioned Thomas about what to do when news broke that the couple were engaged. “Harry told me that I should never go to the Press. That it would end in tears. He said: “They will eat you alive.” He was right.’”
Unfortunately, Markle didn’t take his son-in-law’s advice and, instead, staged paid photo calls with the paparazzi. The most famous image was of Markle being fitted for a tux, with Thomas telling the Daily Mail that he initially lied to Harry about the picture. Markle told the Duke of Sussex, “No, I was being measured for a new hoodie.’”
As far as covering a lie goes, that one was pretty bad. Measured for a hoody? Really?
Soon after the pictures of Markle taken by the paparazzi were published, he suffered a heart attack. Markle said that Meghan and Harry called him at the hospital, with Harry reportedly saying, “‘If you had listened to me this would never have happened.’”
Although Markle now says that Harry was right to criticize him for taking money from the paparazzi, at the time he told the Prince, “‘Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead… then you could pretend to be sad.’ Then I hung up.”
Obviously, we really don’t know what kind of father Thomas is or what kind of daughter Meghan is, but what we do know is the whole thing is pretty sad. Markle pointed out to the Daily Mail that he received no media training or guidance from the palace, which–if true–seems like a pretty big oversight, considering the Middleton family were trained leading up to Will and Kate’s wedding.
We don’t know when, if ever, Meghan and Thomas will reconcile, but we can guess that this is not the last we’re going to hear from the Markle family. Not even close.