Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle, has spoken out for the first time about the staged paparazzi photos that made the rounds a few weeks before his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Thomas Markle talked about why he decided to get the photographs taken — as well as other eyebrow-raising comments about Trump, the Royal Family, and Brexit.
“For the last year, photographs of me were always derogatory,” he said. “They took all kinds of pictures of me that made me look negative, so I thought it would be a nice way to improve my look. Well, obviously that all went to hell, and I feel bad about it, I apologize for it, and that’s all I can do. I can’t do much about it now but that was a mistake.”
Meghan Markle’s dad also expressed regret for not walking his daughter down the aisle. The 73-year-old watched the wedding from California instead, saying, “the unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle.”
Mr. Markle suffered a heart attack shortly before the wedding, forcing him to undergo heart surgery four days before the wedding day. The news was confirmed in a statement from Kensington Palace, and the new Duchess of Sussex said, “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
Curiously, Thomas Markle also got political, speaking about Trump and Brexit. He described having a phone conversation with Prince Harry, where Markle said he “was complaining about not liking Donald Trump” and Harry responding with “give Donald Trump a chance.” Markle also said he asked his son-in-law about Brexit, Britain’s 2016 exit from the European Union,” and said he thought Prince Harry was “open to the experiment.”
Chances are very high that Markle is currently wishing with all her might that her dad would put a sock in it.