Prince Harry and Megan Markle are struggling with the family drama on both sides. The couple opens up in the third installment of their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meganabout what happened behind the scenes with Meghan’s father, Thomas Merklewhich resulted in his not attending their 2018 royal wedding.
“Of course it’s incredibly sad what happened. She had a father before that. And now she has no father. And I took it upon myself. Because if Meg wasn’t with me, her father would still be her father,” Prince Harry admits in the docuseries.
The family drama was taken to a new level in the days leading up to Harry and Meghan’s wedding on May 19, 2018. The couple learned that Thomas might be staging paparazzi photos for money, so they called him to ask about it. Thomas rejected the allegation at the time. He has since apologized for attending.
Meghan and Prince Harry offered to send someone to fetch him from Mexico and London a day early for the wedding. “And he said, ‘No, no. I have things to do,'” Meghan claims in the docuseries. Meghan admits her father’s reaction to her felt “really understated”.
She reveals that she looked over at Harry and said, “I don’t know why, but I don’t believe him.” Her gut feeling was right. The photos were released and became a huge scandal just before the royal wedding. “I was absolutely stunned that Tom would be part of this circus,” Meghan’s mother said. Doria Raglandsays.
Afterwards, Meghan admits Thomas didn’t return her calls. Instead he agreed TMZ about not attending the wedding and didn’t even tell Meghan and Prince Harry about it. Four days before the wedding, Thomas was hospitalized for a heart attack. Meghan continued to text her father about what was going on, but he didn’t reply.
Two days before the wedding, Meghan texted her father and asked him to “stop speaking to any press.” She wrote that he “hasn’t answered any of our 20+ calls since we all spoke on Saturday morning; which only adds to the pain you caused. We’re not angry, but we really need to talk to you.” A text message came in from Thomas’ phone, addressing Meghan by her full name.
“It was really weird… I was like, ‘He never called me Meghan in my… not a day that I’ve lived on this planet. Mega. All my friends call me Meg and my parents call me Meg.” And I was like, ‘That’s not my dad.’” Prince Harry finally answered Meghan’s phone, wanting to know if it was really Thomas texting them. “I never spoke to him,” Meghan says in the docuseries.
Thomas did not attend Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding and the father and daughter relationship remains estranged. Meghan’s mother accompanied her on the drive to Windsor Castle. Prince Charlesnow King Charles IIIShe stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle following her father’s absence.
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