The countdown is on until Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry, but rather than the focus being on the happiest day of the couple’s lives, drama continues to erupt as social media points the blame on Kensington Palace for the events that have seen Thomas Markle pull out of the wedding at the last minute.
As Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland arrives in the UK to prepare for the nuptials, Thomas Markle is recovering from heart surgery in Mexico, following reports he suffered a heart attack last week, and made headlines with a failed staged paparazzi photo scandal.
Just a day before undergoing surgery, Thomas caused worldwide confusing by announcing he was going to attend the wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle, only to back flip and confirm he would not be attending.
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While there’s no word yet as to who will now walk Meghan down the aisle, Twitter users have sounded off about the whole debacle, claiming Kensington Palace should have made an attempt to help the actress’ dad with the newfound attention.
After being in the public eye for his entire life, there’s no doubt Prince Harry is used to dealing with unwanted scrutiny – and has the resources of a well-oiled team by his side to help him cope.
However critics say it’s a very different story for Meghan’s dad, who has been described as living as a ‘recluse’ in Mexico, with Twitter users wondering why there wasn’t an action plan in place to manage the inevitable circus of the royal wedding.
Experts say it’s no wonder bewildered Thomas has acted the way he has in recent days.
“I think that this is a man who felt that he had nobody else to turn to,” E! News correspondent Melanie Bromley told Access.
“I think if the royal family had been more involved and actually gone out there and really properly briefed him – and not over the phone, which is what I expect would have happened – but flown to Mexico said to him, ‘We are your support network. If anyone approaches you from the outside, call us, come to us, we’ll fly you to England, whatever it takes.'”
With notoriously tight-lipped Kensington Palace taking the extraordinary step of releasing a statement earlier this week to reveal that this was a “deeply personal moment” for the bride-to-be and requesting “understanding and respect”, here’s hoping Meghan is still able to enjoy her big day despite all the drama.
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