Meghan Markle’s father is speaking out on her engagement to Prince Harry for (essentially) the first time.
Thomas Markle released a joint statement with his ex-wife, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, on the day that the couple’s engagement was announced in November and later declared that he would “love” to walk his daughter down the aisle, but since then he’s laid very low.
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He reportedly lives in Rosarito, Mexico, and has yet to meet Harry in-person (though Harry says that he’s spoken to Thomas on the phone).
Over the weekend, a so-called “passerby” at a convenience store in the small Mexican town asked Thomas what he thought about the upcoming royal wedding, scheduled for May 19. The footage was obtained by British outlet The Sun.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he responded. “I’m very delighted. I think they’re [a] very good match. I’m very happy for them, Meghan and Harry. I love my daughter very much — Harry’s a gentleman.”
“Now leave me alone, please,” he concluded. “Don’t bother me anymore. No more flashing cameras in my eyes or I’ll flash back.”
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The comments come in the weeks after Harry turned heads by declaring that Meghan joining the British royal family represents a “family she never had.”
Meghan’s half-brother and half-sister both publicly condemned the comments.
The former “Suits” actress is incredibly close with her mother, who has met Harry in person on multiple occasions, including at the Invictus Games in September, where Harry and Meghan made their first joint public outing as a couple, too.
So much so that reports surfaced recently that Meghan is hoping to “break” royal tradition in May by having her mother walk her down the aisle at Windsor Castle instead of her father.
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