Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, Sr., made a series of headlines for all the wrong reasons as his daughter was set to marry Prince Harry. While it seemed that Markle Sr. he could not keep his mouth shut and he was the center of several controversies for a while, things have gone much quieter lately.
Is Markle Sr. actually keeping quiet on purpose, or is he just getting less attention because he is less relevant now? Let's take a closer look and find out.
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Markle Sr. and the former Suits actress had a good relationship when she was younger. Even though Markle Sr. and the duchess's mother split up when their daughter was very young, he remained active in his daughter's life.
In fact, when Markle Sr. won $ 750,000 in the California loterie in 1990, he used some of his winnings to send his daughter to a private, all-girls school. Giving her an advantage in life seemed to be incredibly important to him, and before marrying into the royal family, now-duchess often wrote on her blog about spending time with her father as a child. Markle Sr. worked as a lighting director on television shows and often brought his daughter together with him to work on sets: She credits her father with her instilling in her strong work ethic.
When did things sour between Meghan Markle and Thomas Markle, Sr.?
While this once-solid relationship seemed intact as Markle planned her royal wedding and intended to include her father, things took a turn for the worst when it was revealed that Markle Sr. snake intentionally posed for some tabloid photos and then sold them to media outlets. To make matters worse, he went on Good Morning Britain in an attempt to apologize for the behavior but instead revealed Prince Harry's feelings about both President Trump and the Brexit situation.
While the statements were relatively harmless on their own, the royal family is forbidden from weighing in on political matters, and what may have seemed like an innocent statement to Markle Sr. was actually a big deal. Amid these publicity-fueled antics, Markle Sr. was not in attendance at the royal wedding, though he claims his ill health was primarily to blame. He had suffered two heart attacks and could not attend.  Markle Sr.'s comments certainly did not help his daughter and her adjustment to her new role as a member of the royal family, but his attempts to prove himself in the media were sparked by self-defense. Markle Sr. reportedly hated the way that he was portrayed in the Lifetime biopic about his daughter, and he wanted to set the record straight and provide a better public image of himself.
The Duchess of Sussex eventually wrote her father and a letter begging him to stop talking to the media, and he seems to be mostly heeding that advice. Perhaps he learned that trying to create a better image of himself was actually making things worse, or maybe he just wanted to get back on his daughter's good side.
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