'I have always cared for my father'
It is highly uncommon for singular royal family members to release personal statements to the public, especially before they actually become royal – but after what Meghan Markle has been through this week, it was definitely necessary.
While the average wedding run up is stressful enough, Meghan Markle has had to deal with a lot more than most, with her father Thomas Markle caught up in controversy this week, and eventually announcing that due to health issues he would not be attending the royal wedding, set to take place on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
While Kensington Palace released a statement amid the controversy asking for ‘understanding and respect’, Meghan was yet to officially comment on the situation until today, with Kensington Palace releasing another statement, a personal message from Meghan herself.
‘Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,’ Meghan wrote in the statement released to Kensington Palace’s social media platforms. ‘I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.’
Her statement continued: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.’
The controversy started when it was reported that Thomas Markle had colluded with photographers in a series of publicity stunts, leading the father of the bride to pull out of the wedding – four days before the nuptials – due to embarrassment over the scandal.
‘This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,’ announced a palace spokesman on behalf of the royal couple. ‘She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.’
Thomas Markle then changed his mind, announcing he would be attending, before changing his mind again the next morning, with his health reportedly meaning he would be unable to be at the nuptials – having reportedly suffered a recent heart attack and having to undergo heart surgery instead of attend the royal wedding.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is currently tipped as most likely to walk her daughter down the aisle.
Our thoughts are with Meghan at this difficult time.