Meghan Markle‘s brother, who recently wrote an open letter warning Prince Harry not to marry his sister has now backtracked to say his sister will make the perfect princess. He also added that his dad will be “heartbroken” that he will not be able to walk Meghan down the aisle.
Thomas Markle Jr., 51, flew to London ahead of the royal wedding to support his half-sister after their dad Thomas Markle Sr. said he could not attend for health reasons.
The 73-year-old had heart surgery yesterday after revealing medics will “go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed”. The retired lighting engineer is reported to be “awake and alert” but will remain in hospital while he recovers.
Thomas Jr. today visited Windsor Castle to see where Meghan will marry Prince Harry in St George’s Chapel on Saturday.
My dad will be heartbroken that he cannot be with Meg in Windsor to walk her down the aisle. He would have moved heaven and earth to be there.
It’s the most beautiful, stunning wedding venue and it’s going to be an amazing day.
Days before Thomas Markle Sr.’s operation, he was accused of staging pictures of himself with a British paparazzi photographer for money. Thomas Markle Jr. blames the error on having being thrown into the spotlight without guidance on how to handle it.
Thomas Jr. told Mirror that Kensington Palace should have offered more guidance to the American family as they were thrust into the spotlight after Suits actress Meghan, 36, started dating Harry.
He said of his dad:
He’ll be hugely embarrassed that he was found to have faked pictures, but what’s clear is that he’s not benefited from the best advice.
It would have been better for the palace to have guided him, as well as us for that matter, to ensure the focus is on Harry and Meg and not her family back in the States. They should have intervened and guided us when Meg and Harry’s relationship was first made public.
He said his dad’s heart problems were a wake-up call, adding:
All the drama of my dad’s health scare put everything into perspective about what’s important in life.
My sister’s going to be one of the best things ever to have happened to the royal family. She will be the perfect modern princess. I wish Meg and Harry nothing but a happy and healthy future together.
Thomas Jr. said he regrets the open letter he wrote criticizing his half-sister.
He calls it a “moment of madness”, adding:
I didn’t mean to upset anyone. I had hoped it might jolt someone into giving us help.
I wrote to Kensington Palace months ago asking for their aid. We’ve all been so overwhelmed by the attention and have found it difficult living under such scrutiny.
We needed guidance from the royals but didn’t get it.
Our family was thrown into the limelight and there’s been enormous pressure on us all. It’s taken its toll on all of us. Much has been said, a lot of which I regret, but now after arriving in the UK and seeing Windsor Castle, I understand much more what this wedding means to people.
The fact Dad’s not well enough to travel makes me want more than ever to be as supportive as I can to Meg.
Tom is “mortified” at reports that his father blamed his letter for his heart scare last week.
My letter wasn’t intended to cause hurt or upset. My earlier pleas fell on deaf ears, and after exhausting everything I could think of, I’d hoped my letter might shame the palace, I guess, into getting in touch.
I was wrong. It wasn’t designed to humiliate Meg into inviting me, but more hoping we could get the help we needed. Ever since her relationship with Harry emerged two years ago, our lives have been changed forever.
There hasn’t been a day gone by when the phone hasn’t rung or we’ve not been followed. It’s placed a massive strain on us all. Given our time again I’m sure we’d all handle it differently. I know I would.
Though in the UK to see where his sister will get married, the dad-of-two said he was prepared to cut short his trip to be by his dad’s bedside if needed.
I’ve tried calling Dad but his phone is off. Of course we’re all worried. What people must understand about my dad is that he’s an intensively private man. He doesn’t want to cause a fuss for anyone.