Royals

Why silence is the best way for Duchess Meghan to handle Thomas Markle's media interviews

The duchess has remained tightlipped following another embarrassing interview her father did with Piers Morgan.

By Hannah Flint
Meghan Markle remains silent over father Thomas Markle

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is remaining steadfastly silent and dignified after yet another embarrassing interview by her father, Thomas Markle, with Piers Morgan. And the Palace is said to be right behind her.

The timing couldn't have been worse. After weeks of reports claiming Duchess Meghan had become a "difficult duchess", responsible for everything from making Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, cry to members of her team quitting, and Princes Harry and William drifting apart, her father Thomas Markle appeared on British TV in yet another damaging interview.

Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, the 74-year-old claimed he had been "ghosted" by Meghan since she married Prince Harry, that his daily texts asking for contact had all gone ignored, and that the Queen should intervene to help settle their rift.

"I would think she would want to resolve any family problems," he said. "All families, royal or not, need to be together, especially in the holidays."

Eyebrows were raised in particular about Thomas's choice of interviewee: Piers Morgan had, just weeks earlier, branded the Duchess of Sussex a "ruthless social climbing actress... determined to milk it for all she can".

However, as has been the case each time Thomas speaks out, the move appeared to backfire. Hundreds jumped to Meghan's defence on social media, with some even claiming that Thomas' decision to repeatedly speak out against his own daughter was "emotionally abusive". But for her part, Meghan remained steadfastly silent; instead, heading to a Royal Variety care home on a solo visit the following day.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told Grazia following Thomas's interview: "It's a very sad situation all round, and it's hard to see how it can be resolved.

"But the royal family have had to deal with delicate problems like this before. Diana frequently fell out with her mother and went through long periods of refusing to talk to her. She also blanked Fergie, and she and Charles both went on national TV confessing to adultery. In that context, Thomas' interviews aren't unprecedented."

She added, "I'm sure the Queen will be saddened to see yet another rift, but I don't think the family will apply any pressure on Meghan. They will let her deal with it as she sees fit. She is just doing what she feels is right in this situation."

But unfortunately, it seems there's no telling when Thomas's interviews may come to an end. What he doesn't seem to realise is that his actions only seem to be pushing his daughter further away.

Via Grazia