‘Works both ways!’ Markle family have ‘similar right’ as Meghan to reveal family disputes

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MEGHAN Markle is “extremely protective” of her reputation, claims a royal expert, as the Duchess continues to lead an estranged relationship with her father’s family.

Meghan Markle’s frustration towards her family’s media appearances has been branded “ironic” by a royal commentator after she and Prince Harry publicly aired their grievances with the Royal Family during their Oprah Winfrey interview. Jonathan Sacerdoti told Express.co.uk that it was “only fair” for the Markle family to share their family issues if Meghan was allowed to reveal the “internal squabbles and problems” in her husband’s family.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti said: “I’m sure it is of concern to Meghan what her family do in the public eye, we only need to look at what happened with her father Thomas Markle, who posed for those photographs in the run-up to her wedding in a deal that he apparently made with some photographers.

“Her reaction to that, to understand that she’s extremely protective of her own reputation and what her family might have to say about her.

“That’s quite ironic bearing in mind that Meghan and Harry as a couple have made very good use of controversy they can cause about his family in order to keep themselves in the public eye.

“I think it’s difficult to argue in defence of what Harry and Meghan did in talking about the internal squabbles and problems in the Royal Family without acknowledging that Meghan’s family have a similar right to talk about problems in their family.

Meghan Markle is 'extremely protective'

Meghan Markle is ‘extremely protective’ of her own reputation (Image: Getty Images)

Thomas Markle Jr is due to appear on CBB Australia

Thomas Markle Jr is due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother Australia (Image: Getty Images)

“You can’t have it being only one-sided, it has to work both ways.

“So if Meghan and Harry are allowed to talk about their perceptions of racism in the Royal Family and their perception of being cut off from the money of the Royal Family, then it’s only fair that Meghan’s family might also want to talk about the problems inherent in their family as a result of her behaviour, and the difficult position she is in and has put them in by marrying into such a famous family, that is the Royal Family.”

Meghan has had a strained relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, since the weeks leading up to her royal wedding in May 2018.

It was revealed that the former lighting director had collaborated with the paparazzi on a series of photographs, which showed him researching British history in an internet cafe and preparing for a tuxedo-fitting.

It was then announced that he would no longer be attending the wedding at St George’s Chapel and was in hospital undergoing heart surgery. Prince Charles took his place and walked his future daughter-in-law down the aisle to greet Prince Harry.

Since then, Thomas Markle has conducted a number of interviews where he has openly criticised the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Following their Megxit announcement, he accused the couple of “cheapening the monarchy”, and also sold extracts of a personal letter Meghan wrote him to the Mail on Sunday.

In a recent interview with 60 Minutes Australia, he said he had apologised “over a hundred times” for his dealings with the paparazzi but had received “no compassion” from the couple.

He also claimed that his daughter had changed since becoming a member of the Royal Family, and said he would be pursuing legal action to gain access to his grandchildren.

Meghan also leads a complicated relationship with her two half-siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle, who have frequently criticised the Duchess. Neither were invited to the royal wedding, and Meghan has stated that she has not seen either of her siblings in over a decade.

Ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry, Thomas Markle Jr published an open letter through In Touch, branding his half-sister “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.

He is also due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother Australia, which will be aired later this year. In his promotional trailer, he calls himself “the biggest brother of them all” and labels Meghan as “shallow”.

Samantha Markle has also publicly attacked the Duchess, and published an autobiography titled ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister’.

Whilst her relationship with the Markle family remains tense, Meghan and Harry enjoy a close relationship with her mother, Doria Ragland.

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