Kate Middleton 'couldn't understand' Meghan Markle's family rift

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, reportedly left Kate Middleton confused, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex has a famously fraught relationship with her dad, after he reportedly worked with a paparazzi before her 2018 wedding with Prince Harry and has spoken to the media countless times about his daughter.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton together
Kate Middleton was apparently left confused over Meghan Markle's rift with her family. Photo: Getty Images

According to Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty Magazine, Kate Middleton couldn’t comprehend why Meghan had drifted so far apart from her family.

“She could not understand why Harry had never met his future father-in-law, nor why Meghan, who Harry assured was The One and "ticked all his boxes", appeared embarrassed about her family and unwilling to speak about them apart from her mother,” Ingrid told The Sun.

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Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was the only relative to attend her wedding ceremony to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018.

Indeed, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during her and Prince Harry’s controversial interview last month that she found it difficult to discuss her father’s actions, saying she sees it as a “betrayal”.

Thomas Markle on Good Morning Britain
Thomas Markle is estranged from his daughter. Photo: AAP

“I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child,” she said.

Meghan went on to say that her mother, Doria, has been “in silent dignity for four years”.

After the interview, Thomas Markle appeared on Good Morning Britain, saying: “We all make mistakes… but I’ve never played naked pool and I’ve never dressed up like Hitler.”

Thomas also addressed Meghan and Harry’s racist claims against an unnamed member of the royal family, after they said a comment was made about what colour Archie’s skin would be when he was born.

“I have great respect for the royals and I don’t think the British royal family are racist at all. I don’t think the British are racist,” he said.

“I’m guessing and hoping it’s just a dumb question from somebody. It could just be that simple, it could be somebody asked a stupid question, rather than being a total racist.”

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle together before the Sussexes deaprted their roles as senior royals. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, also got a mention in the Oprah interview.

According to Meghan, she hasn’t seen Samantha in 19 years and is bewildered by Samantha’s comments about her in the press.

Samantha has called Meghan a ‘social climber’, blasted her many times, claiming it’s unfair of her not to be on speaking terms with their father and written a 'tell-all' book on the duchess.

In Meghan’s interview with Oprah, she addressed her half-sister, saying: "I think it would be very hard to tell all when you don't know me."

"This is a very different situation than my dad, right. When you talk about betrayal, betrayal comes from someone that you have a relationship with. I don't feel comfortable talking about people that I really don't know."

Meghan stressed that she grew up "as an only child," adding: "I wished I had siblings."

"That's why I'm so excited to be pregnant, so Archie has someone."

"The last time I saw [Samantha] must have been at least 18, 19 years ago."

She also said Samantha only changed her surname back to Markle when she began to date Prince Harry.

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