Like the other royals, Meghan is also the subject of constant speculation. Rumor mills have been churning since the day she and Harry were revealed to be an item, producing a steady stream of stories about Meghan, Harry, and their relationship with the people around them. Unfortunately, in Meghan’s case, members of her family are often the driving force behind the scandals that surround her.
Mom’s the word
This time, the rumor comes from Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr., who has claimed that the duchess is close to cutting off her mother, Doria Ragland.
Most of the Markles are estranged from Meghan, having spoken to her very little or not at all since the royal wedding. And now some seem to think her mother is next.
A fading relationship
Speaking to a newspaper, Thomas Jr., who by all accounts has himself not spoken to the duchess in years, claimed that Doria was soon to join the line of people who had lost contact with Meghan. He claimed that Meghan was seeing Doria less and less, and communicating with her very infrequently.
Doria, who has worked as a makeup artist, yoga instructor, and social worker, has been said to have a close relationship with her daughter, and was present at both her wedding and the christening of Archie.
Help from above
Thomas Jr. also made the, shall we say, intriguing suggestion that Prince Charles or The Queen should intervene to tell Meghan to rebuild the bridges that had been burnt between herself and her father. Meghan has been estranged from her father since the wedding.
We’re not sure Thomas Jr. fully aware of the sheer amount of duties that members of the Royal Family have to undertake on a daily basis. As important as family is, we don’t know that The Queen really has time to intervene in Meghan’s private affairs.
Archie was born in May of 2019, to the delight of the public and the even greater happiness of Meghan and Harry. Thomas Jr. has stated that he hopes the birth of Archie will make Meghan see the importance of family, and as a result be spurred to repair the bonds she had with her father.
We’re dubious about the idea that Meghan’s forgotten the importance of family though, given how overjoyed she and Harry were over the birth of their son.
A dubious claim
The accusations by Thomas Markle Jr. have been decried by many as being absolutely ridiculous, given the difference between his relationship with Meghan and her relationship with her mother. Not only was Doria Ragland the only member of Meghan’s family to be at the royal wedding, she was also present for the christening of Archie.
Doria was even in the official photo the Sussex household released to announce the birth of Archie. Few get to share screen-space with The Queen, so we think Meghan and Doria are probably doing just fine!
A record of trouble
This certainly isn’t the first time that the Markles have tried to cast aspersions on Meghan’s character, or attempted to interfere in her public life. Since the royal wedding, the Markles have made repeated appearances in the media, often with the goal of criticizing or shaming Meghan for her supposed transgressions.
Despite their claims that they’ve tried to reach out to Meghan frequently, the only time they bring her name up seems to be when they want to tear her down.
The most infamous example of Meghan’s family putting their feet firmly in their mouths was the revelation that her father had staged paparazzi photos of himself. In 2018, photos were published of Thomas Markle that were supposedly candid shots taken by the paparazzi, of him preparing for the wedding.
However, it was revealed days before the wedding that Markle had, in fact, paid to have the photos taken, and lied about it. The news caused a sizeable scandal, and led to questions about Thomas’ trustworthiness concerning the wedding.
Ultimately, Thomas Markle ended up not attending the wedding, and Meghan was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles instead. Since then, the rift between he and Meghan is said only to have grown.
It’s been rumored that there is no longer any contact between Meghan and Thomas, which is a frequent complaint of her half-siblings Thomas Jr. and Samantha. They claim she has neglected and turned her back on her father, even supposedly ignoring him after he suffered two heart attacks.
However, since Thomas’ blunder prior to the royal wedding, and his estrangement afterwards, he has appeared in the media several times to decry his supposedly unfair treatment at the hands of Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.
Despite being asked by the Royal Family not to do so, he has appeared for interviews several times – complaining that Meghan’s behavior towards him is cruel, attacking Meghan and Harry, and even blaming them for his photo debacle. Yeesh!
The letter of the day
For frankly unfathomable reasons, Thomas seemed to think that a solid way to get back in Meghan’s good books would be to release to the public letters that she had written to him over the years.
While the letters demonstrated that the two had a good relationship before their difficulties, we doubt that Meghan saw their publication as a sign that he was thinking properly about how to mend their relationship. One of the letters was actually written by Meghan after the wedding, pleading with her father to cease his media appearances and rethink his actions.
A stately figure
Thomas has also denounced the Royal Family, accusing them of being tight-lipped and unwelcoming. He even went so far as to insist that The Queen should be willing to meet him personally, claiming that if she’s willing to meet with an objectionable US president, she should be willing to meet with him.
Unfortunate as Thomas may feel his treatment is, it might be somewhat unrealistic to compare yourself to a head of state.
Thomases Sr. and Jr. aren’t the only Markles who have aired their grievances toward Meghan. Her half-sister Samantha Markle has been quite vocal about her low opinion of the duchess.
Samantha has launched numerous attacks on Meghan and Harry, with her most recent accusation being that their son Archie’s christening was actually faked. We’ve heard our fair share of royal conspiracy theories, but a fake christening really takes the cake. Next, we’ll be hearing that the crown jewels are all papier-mache.
A low opinion
Samantha has, overall, been incredibly critical of Meghan, claiming that she was a disgrace to the family, and would have been disowned by their grandfather were he still alive today. She also went as far as to say that she would blame Meghan if their father were to suffer another heart attack.
Meghan’s activism also came under fire from Samantha, who suggested her supposed commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices was ingenuine, given her supposed silencing of the Markles. As far as we can see, the Markles don’t appear to be particularly silent.
Like Thomas Jr., Samantha also has her share of opinions about Meghan’s parental relationship, although this time regarding Meghan’s connection with Archie. Samantha claimed that as Archie grew up, he would find out that Meghan was incredibly controlling and come to resent her, and treat her the way that they feel she has treated her father.
Much like Thomas Jr., however, Samantha expressed a desire to meet Archie and be a part of his life. If that’s the case, it may be that the Markles need some urgent lessons on de-escalation.
The Markle family have spoken many times about how Meghan is no longer the same Meghan they once knew, and that her behavior is shocking to them. However, people have questioned how strong the relationship between them was in the first place.
After all, Samantha and Thomas Jr. supposedly haven’t spoken to Meghan in years, and in Meghan’s letter to her father after the wedding she even said that she barely knew Samantha. What’s more, for people with a reportedly close relationship, they were certainly quick to make their grievances extremely public as soon as possible.
Ultimately, a lot of people have come to question the truth of the Markles’ complaints, especially some of their more outrageous claims. Several sources seem to indicate that while Meghan did have a close relationship with her father before the wedding, she really hadn’t been in much contact with Samantha and Thomas Jr. until she became world-famous.
People claim that the Markles are simply exploiting Meghan’s name to generate publicity for themselves, pointing out that Samantha had even ended up on Scotland Yard’s fixated persons list, a list of people who demonstrate worrying behavior towards the royals or politicians, for her conduct regarding Meghan.
Keep your distance
Given this state of things, the opinion of much of the public appears to be that Meghan can’t really be blamed for not rolling out the welcome mat for the rest of the Markles.
Her issues with her father are certainly understandable given the way he violated her trust, and the Markle siblings seem to take every opportunity they can get to drag her name through the mud. With the amount of responsibilities Meghan has, surely she cannot be blamed for focusing on more satisfying prospects.
A fairytale life
In fact, in all other areas of her life, Meghan seems to be knocking it out of the park. She appears to be a natural fit in the Royal Family, having taken to her royal engagements like a duck to water.
In addition, her relationship with her new family looks to be strong as ever. Despite recent rumors of a feud with Kate, the duchesses were seen together at Wimbledon, and looked to be having a whale of a time together.
Bundle of joy
Meghan and Harry also appear to be enjoying married life immensely. They were blessed with the arrival of their son Archie in May of 2019, and he was christened on July 3. Meghan’s mother Doria was in attendance alongside Harry’s family, including Princess Diana’s sisters, Jane Fellowes and Sarah McCorquodale.
Although the couple faced backlash for making the ceremony private, given previous issues with the press they can hardly be blamed for having a tentative attitude toward the media.
A change of location
Harry and Meghan also moved out of Kensington Palace, into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate. The move was fuel for the rumor that the couple was feuding with William and Kate, and there was much criticism for the £2.4 million (nearly $3 million) renovation to the cottage.
However, it certainly makes sense that the two of them would make the move after the birth of their child. The two-bedroom apartment they had at Kensington would hardly have been roomy enough for the three of them, and it makes sense that they might want a little more privacy to raise a family in.
Meghan and Harry have also had to endure some criticism for splitting from the charitable foundation they shared with William and Kate, and setting up their own. However, many people were quick to point out that it was reasonable for them to set up their own foundation.
While it was fine for Harry to share with William and Kate, he and Meghan will presumably have their own ambitions and projects as a couple, so it only makes sense that they would have an individual organization.
A royal success
All in all, rumors and denunciations aside, it looks like Meghan’s personal and professional life is going from strength to strength. While it’s unfortunate that she should have to endure personal attacks and such an estrangement from her family, she seems to have both eyes looking forward, and her feet firmly on the ground.
Having already undertaken impressive projects, such as being the first guest editor of Vogue’s September issue in 103 years, Meghan clearly has her life as a royal firmly in hand.