Princess Diana’s former bodyguard said Thomas Markle (left) is not getting the support he needs from his son-in-law Prince Harry, who married his daughter Meghan Markle in May.
Princess Diana’s former bodyguard said to her youngest son Prince Harry should step up as a royal, and to take responsibility for his father-in-law’s willingness to speak with the tabloids.
Retired Metropolitan Police inspector Ken Wharfe, told Yahoo News’ “The Royal Box” on Friday that the 33-year-old royal should have “emphasized” that the assistants were sent to help the 74-year-old former Hollywood lighting director to deal with the intense media attention around his daughter Meghan Markle.
“He is not stupid man,” said the 69-year-old. “He’s been through the mill, he knows what press intrusion. He has a drawbridge and a portcullis to hide behind as they pursue him. Thomas Markle.”
The river Wharfe, Thomas did not believe the correct support that he needs from the royal family to help him navigate the media invasion following the former “Suits” star still England, the Duchess of Sussex.
“Nobody is looking after him,” said Wharfe. “They are going to bend his arm, there will be offers of money, and there will be the pursuing paparazzi, the invasion and the negative reporting that we’ve seen. Harry could have done something. He advised palace officials, maybe he did, but he could have been. He could well have done, but for some reason, it didn’t happen.”
And while Thomas continues to speak with the media without the consent of Markle or Harry, Wharfe said he actually felt sorry for the bewildered patriarch.
“I don’t think we should dismiss her father as someone who made mistakes here, as a bogeyman,” he said. “His behavior is a result of bad advice or no advice.”
When the river Wharfe served as a protection to the officer at the end of Diana, he was the boss of round-the-clock security, both at home and abroad, from 1987 to 1994. He closely observed her sons Harry and older brother Prince William as they grew up.
He felt it should have been obvious to the royal family that the problems with the American actress’ family could arise long before Markle and Harry announced their engagement in November 2017.
“I think that the palace was the debt not to reserve this issue very early on in this engagement, or even in that relationship and to decide how we are going to address this with her father,” said Wharfe. “These are ordinary folk, separated from the life in a foreign country and suddenly their daughter to marry a prince. This was always a problem.
Ken Wharfe with Princess Diana
“There are a lot of assistants and advisers in the royal house that can easily set something way before this marriage to ensure that the rights and the privacy of her father — regardless of what her father has done in his life, that does not matter — to help him through this in-a-lifetime experience.
“Because what happens to him now is, what I suspect would happen to him, is that one of the fairy-tale roll of the press wants the story. And the story of her father, her brother, her sister, her mother, and so it continues. This can be considerably softened, he had the opinion of the people in the palace to make sure this does not happen again.”
While Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, has received praise from the media for her the grace and confidence around the royal wedding, the Wharfe said she makes it look easy.
“It would be very difficult for a parent outside of royalties,” he said. “Meghan’s mother, this little lady with absolute style, arriving at the Castle of Windsor in front of the international media, which is very disheartening for everyone.
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland.
“I have worked and moved within the royal family on a number of occasions and it is quite a daunting experience. Palace advisers need to take a certain degree of criticism does not soften the blow for Thomas Markle, and unfortunately, the media will now stay on him. The story will run until there is a response.”
Just a few days for Markle walked by the aisle in the eyes of millions to marry Harry, told her father would not be present at the royal wedding following his heart surgery.
“Unfortunately, my father will not be present at our wedding,” she said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “I’ve always cared for my father and hope that he can be given the space he needs to concentrate on his health.
“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Then you know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”
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Kensington Palace then announced Markle would be walked down the aisle by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.
Thomas’ surgery followed days of press around his health and speculation over whether or not he would take part in the royal wedding.
He also stirred headlines when it was revealed he staged paparazzi photos that showed him preparing for the big day. His daughter Samantha Grant claimed she had the paparazzi shoot.
Back in January, Grant told Fox News she and her family are new to the viewer and it can be difficult to deal with the worldwide interest in their personal life.
“As much as I love and respect Meg, she’s got a sense of security and a publicist and can be protected from everything,” said the 53-year-old. “She and Harry can tell the media to stop. The rest of the family doesn’t have that luxury. I love her, [but] they may not want me to say something.
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Fox411: Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, wants to dispel rumors about her family as a result of the vicious media attention arising from the royal engagement announcement.
“I refuse to be a victim of the media. I’m not going to let them belittle me, embarrass me personally and professionally and not defend myself… I can only hope that they would respect and understand that… In fact, if I were Meg, I would probably be something there, so that there is a kind of protective mechanism in place where the family could not be tortured so much.”