Meghan Markle’s sister had accused the media of subjecting their father, Thomas Markle, to “atrocious and intrusive” media attention.
In case you missed it: the 73-year-old father allegedly cooperated with a media house for “staged” photographs of himself preparing for the event. And this stirred major controversy about him and his family.
Shortly after, TMZ reported on Monday that he has decided not to attend “because he doesn’t want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter,” and this was confirmed by Kensington Palace which said in a recent statement: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”
However, the media continued to put Thomas Markle on the spotlight, and it is why his daughter Samantha Markle, according to Guardian UK, has defended him saying he was pressured into a “dangerous situation” after being forced into the public eye.
In her chat with Good Morning Britain, Samantha said: “He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse. He’s a very intelligent man, he’s been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years.”
She continued, “[He] called me panicking on the freeway because he’s in a dangerous situation being followed by seven or eight cars. I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be.”
And referring to paparazzi attention, she added: “So he was so stressed out they rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them, he can’t open his blinds, he can’t go anywhere without being followed and really it’s quite atrocious and intrusive and I think it’s highly unethical.”
Of their father’s health, she said: “He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack, it was an unbelievable amount of stress.”
And asked to confirm the heart attack claims, she said: “As far as whether or not he had had a heart attack, people have had heart attacks they didn’t know they’d had until they had an ECG (electrocardiogram). They’re not always that loud. They’re not always that dramatic. For him that was the case.”
Samantha Markle concluded, saying her father’s mistake was to not give an interview to the media, therefore allowing certain elements to “absolutely rake him over the coals” and falsely portray him.
We can’t wait for the upcoming royal wedding.