May 19th, 2019, was the most magical day for the billions of people who watched the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The day was beautiful in every way; from Prince Harry’s Royals frockcoat uniform to Meghan’s show-stopping arrival and unexpected dress, the day was marked with elegance and beauty. One key individual who desperately wanted to be there to witness the nuptials was forced to watch from hundreds of thousands of miles away: Thomas Markle.
Thomas Markle has become internationally known as the father of the Duchess of Sussex. In approaching his daughter’s wedding day, he experienced a series of events that caused some bad press (including a staged paparazzi shoot and allegedly faking a heart attack.) On May 16th, it was confirmed that the father of the bride would not be there to see his daughter marry her groom.
Now, nine months later, Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child together, and tragically, no amends have been made between Meghan and her father. Meghan has remained tightlipped on the subject, but after keeping quiet for so long, her friends are now speaking out on her behalf.
According to PEOPLE, five of Meghan’s closest friends came to her defense and took upon themselves to clear up some “mistruths” that the media has chosen to magnify.
One of my Meghan’s best friends, who has requested anonymity, revealed that despite her father's claim at having tried contacting her several times, “He knows how to get in touch with her. Her telephone number hasn’t changed,” says the friend. “He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super painful because Meg was always so dutiful. I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he’s done. And at the same time, because she’s a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him.”
Even as the wedding day was nearing and Meghan had learned of all that her dad had tried to manipulate, the friend confirmed that “Meg and Harry were still so focused on getting [Tom] to London. At no point was their talk of ‘Now that we know he lied, he’s in trouble.’ Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls.”
Furthermore, “The next morning when the car got there [to take him to the airport], he wouldn’t get in. [Later,] Meg heard he had a heart attack and she’s calling and texting, even up to the night before the wedding. It was like, ‘Please pick up. I love you, and I’m scared.’ It was endless.” As the most talked about woman in the world, Meghan was only thinking about her father.
PEOPLE also confirmed that Meghan had reached out to Tom, despite tabloids and Samantha Markle (her sister) claiming that no efforts had been made. The friend shared, “After the wedding, she wrote him a letter. She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.’ Because every time her team has to come to her and fact-check something [he has said], it’s an arrow to the heart. He writes her a really long letter in return, and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her. And she feels like, ‘That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?’ It’s almost like they’re ships passing.”
Tragically, the drama between Meghan and her father has been one of many issues that Meghan has had to learn to navigate. Hopefully, this reveal from Meghan’s friends causes critics to look at the situation and offer grace and patience. We all experience drama in your lives and rather than criticizing those who do, please be kind.