Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were all smiles when they returned to the public eye on Tuesday. It was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first outing since their six-week hiatus. The hiatus came after they revealed the depths of their anguish at the media’s treatment, predominantly of Meghan, in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. While many thought the couple was returning to business as usual, they were holding on to an announcement that would change everything.
Harry and Meghan have announced their plan to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. The couple wants to work with the rest of the family, who was reportedly blindsided by the announcement, to figure out how that would look. In the meantime, others are weighing on the decision. Among them is her father, Thomas Markle, another family member that Meghan’s had to take a step back from.
Ever since Meghan married into the royal family, Thomas has made it his mission to publicly comment on her. He has asserted he wants a relationship with his daughter that the royal family wouldn’t allow. You might think he’d be thrilled to hear that Harry and Meghan have taken this step toward independence. His reaction has actually favored the royal family, however.