Just this week, Hollywood hunk George Clooney inserted himself in the ongoing saga of conflict between the Duchess of Sussex and her father Thomas Markle, Sr. Now, in response, Meghan's dad speaks out. And George is definitely NOT going to like hearing what the Markle patriarch has to say!!
The former Meghan Markle was reported to have written her father a long letter just after she married Prince Harry last May, pouring out her heart over his treatment of her. Especially in the press.
In the letter, Meghan reportedly begged her dad to stop cooperating with half-sister Samantha, who she thinks is the mastermind behind Thomas' staged paparazzi photos ahead of the royal wedding. She accused him of being "puppeteered” by his other daughter.
Somehow, the letter became public, adding further embarrassment to Meghan and the Royal Family. That’s when Clooney decided it was time for him to say something. In so doing, the star threw shade not only on the media for their relentless pursuit of the Royals, but also more subtly on Thomas, whom he blames for the letter's becoming public.
But there is one person who does not appreciate the celebrity inserting himself in the rift - Meghan’s father.
Explicitly calling out the press for exploiting a very personal document, Clooney also throws shade on the elder Marks, without mentioning his name. In his remarks, he implies that the fault lies with Meghan’s dad for the letter ever reaching the eyes of the media in the first place.
He cautioned the press to be careful not to do to Meghan what they did to Diana.
"They're just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she's been pursued and vilified.”
Then, in response to a newspaper’s role in the publishing of the deeply personal letter Meghan allegedly wrote to her father in the midst of all the drama surrounding her wedding, he added:
"You're taking a letter from a daughter to a father and broadcasting it everywhere. She's getting a raw deal there, it's irresponsible."
Then, tugging even harder at the public’s heartstrings, he goes a step further, comparing Meghan’s situation to that of her late-mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
"She's a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it's history repeating itself.
"And we've seen how that ends. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see that."
But, Piers Morgan has a different take, suggesting that Meghan is NO Princess Di. But casts blame back on Meghan’s family.
“Sorry George Clooney, but Meghan’s no Princess Diana & it’s not the media who is vilifying her, it’s her own family who she abandoned for celebrities like you!”
Harry and Meghan’s loyal fans have jumped to their defense, siding with Clooney’s statements.
“I agree with George. How can major media outlets promote mental health and anti bullying and then pile this amount of pressure on our own princess? Did we learn nothing from Diana? What must Harry be thinking? “
Then you have the polar opposite opinion, blaming fans, themselves, for all the uproar:
“just STOP with your petty jealous opinions concerning HRH the Duchess of Sussex, George Clooney, etc, because nobody cares anymore about you dumb ass comments. Time to go back to the double wide and fry something.”
Clooney and the Sussexes have been friends for some time and perhaps George feels protective of his friends. But Meghan’s dad doesn’t appreciate the movie star using his celebrity status to do, what he considers, further harm to the already-delicate relationship between father and daughter.
Either way you think on this, one thing is clear. Being a member of the Royal Family means your entire world has changed. Unfortunately, Meghan and her American family are finding out the hard way just how damaging those changes can be.
We hope that the Duchess and her Duke can find a way to soften the rancor that exists between them and especially Thomas. After all, he is her dad and would like nothing more than to be a part of their lives an, most of all, be a grandfather to their upcoming bundle of joy.
I’m going to pray for that.