It’s far from a secret that Meghan Markle has some powerful relatives ready to step in if she runs into trouble between now and the wedding. But having a major, contentious family member in the running comes with an added social pressure, something her father-in-law, Prince Charles, told BBC’s Mishal Husain that he thinks he’s managed to avoid.
“I’m very pleased that Meghan and Harry have invited [her dad Thomas] as he is such a stalwart supporter,” Prince Charles said about the royal bride-to-be, who had made the situation particularly complex for her father by telling a paparazzi photographer to wait until he got there before deciding whether or not to go ahead with the wedding. “But she (Meghan) knows that she has a family and I’m sure there will be a careful consideration taken.”
Not that her dad was quiet about his own desire to tie the knot. Thomas, 73, had cancelled his planned live TV wedding announcement when he fell ill with a severe case of paparazzi-induced heartburn, and he made matters even more complicated for Meghan when he told TMZ to “shut the f— up” when the website posted a paparazzi still of him showing off his wedding-related outfits. At least three of Meghan’s own family members are in the running to represent her should she fail, with relatives in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, is a yoga instructor and social worker. Ragland told Middleton about Markle’s romance with Prince Harry when she herself was talking to journalists about her daughter’s engagement to Prince William’s younger brother.