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Ever since he went public – just before Christmas – to complain about his ‘controlling’ daughter and how she had ‘ghosted’ him while also begging the Queen to help heal their rift, Thomas Markle has remained uncharacteristically silent.
Which is why no one expected that the next move in this desperately sad story would come from Meghan herself rather than the retired Hollywood lighting director who has repeatedly claimed she has cut him adrift.
Consternation - Royal - Circles - Yesterday - Duchess
And it is why there was such consternation in royal circles yesterday at what the Duchess of Sussex was said to have done by allowing a group of friends to speak out on her behalf through the pages of an American celebrity magazine.
Far from pouring water on the volatile situation, the intervention appears to have stoked it up. On top of that, by leaking such carefully chosen and detailed remarks about their homely life, Meghan also seems to have emasculated Prince Harry.
Nothing - Sympathy - American-born - Actress - Life
Many will have nothing but sympathy for the American-born former actress, whose life has changed utterly since her marriage to the Queen’s grandson last May. Not least because the now heavily-pregnant duchess has had to endure the very public breakdown of her relationship with her father as well as ad hominem attacks from other members of her family.
But many others will be uneasy at attempts to address separate worrying issues such as Meghan’s relationship with her staff.
Something - Someone - Pleading - Father - Family
At the very least, is there not something hypocritical about someone pleading with her father not to conduct family business through TV and other interviews, while allowing a group of hand-picked and trusted friends – each speaking anonymously, of course – to do just that themselves?
For courtiers with long memories, such actions inevitably have uncomfortable parallels with another royal figure who felt misrepresented by the media.
Course - Diana
That, of course, was Diana who...
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