- This year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding brought with it lots of royal drama.
- Meghan Markle’s relatives were upset about not being invited and slammed the royal family in interviews.
- Some of Markle’s style choices also proved controversial.
It was a big year for the royal family. Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank. Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis, her third child with Prince William, and Markle announced her own pregnancy.
There was lots to celebrate, but as with many family’s celebrations and milestones, it wasn’t completely drama-free.
Here are some of the most notable royal controversies of the year.
Meghan Markle’s father said he would not attend the royal wedding after a heart attack and a paparazzi scandal.
Although Thomas Sr. told TMZ that he had a heart attack six days prior, the site reported that the reason he dropped out was due to a “fallout” over claims that he staged paparazzi photos. One report from the Daily Mail included security camera footage from an internet café that appeared to corroborate these claims.
The posed photos of Thomas supposedly getting ready for the wedding included him intently studying “Images of Great Britain: A Pictorial Tour Through History,” a very public tuxedo fitting, and a casual outdoor workout.
“He admits the pics look ‘stupid and hammy,'” TMZ reports. “He says he was just going along with the paparazzi agency, which he now deeply regrets.”
Markle released a statement through Kensington Palace confirming that her father would not be attending her wedding, saying that “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
Her father was supposed to walk her down the aisle, but Markle ultimately broke royal tradition by walking alone up the stairs and Nave of St. George’s Chapel. Prince Charles then joined her for the second half of the walk.
Markle’s half-sister Samantha Grant blasted Prince Harry,demanding that he “stop letting his fiancée ignore her family.”
Grant tagged an unofficial account for Prince Harry in a tweet, writing that it was time for him to “man up” and “stop letting his fiancée ignore her family.”
“Shout outs about humanitarianism don’t work when you are allowing Meg to ignore the Markles. It is [a] contradiction,” she wrote in a separate tweet.
Grant also slammed her half-sister for “inviting 2,000 complete strangers” to the royal wedding while snubbing most of her family.
It was one of many times that Grant spoke to the media about Markle and the royal family. She is also planning to release a “tell-all book.”
Markle’s estranged family members were photographed arriving in London even though they weren’t invited to the wedding.
Meghan's nephews and sister-in-law touch down in Heathrow five days before the weddinghttps://t.co/P8UjEAb33j
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 14, 2018
Despite not being invited to the wedding, photos showed Markle’s sister-in-law Tracy and both her sons, Tyler and Thomas,arriving at Heathrow Airport five days before the wedding.
The photos, which were published by The Telegraph, MailOnline, and TMZ, showed the trio arriving at Heathrow with at least 13 pieces of luggage. The MailOnline identified another traveller as Sandra Bazan, Tyler’s girlfriend.
Markle’s father didn’t get a traditional coat of arms. It was presented to Markle instead, which Grant called “a huge insult.”
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 25, 2018
Traditionally, the father of the bride is presented with a royal coat of arms in the days preceding a royal wedding. Michael Middleton, for example, was given his own coat of arms before Kate married Prince William in 2011.
Instead, Markle was directly presented with her own coat of arms in a break from royal protocol – a decision that her half-sister called a “huge insult.”
“To exclude him off a coat of arms is really stripping him of an honour and it’s a huge insult,” Grant told The Sun. “After a heart attack that would be cruel and isolating.”
Thomas Sr. revealed details of personal conversations with Harry and Markle in a broadcast interview.
Thomas Sr. opened up about his daughter’s relationship and even a conversation he had with Harry about President Donald Trump in an interview with “Good Morning Britain.”
In another controversial interview, he said that Markle has a “pained smile” and looks “terrified” in her new role.
“My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified,” he said. “I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face, and I see it in her smile. I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now. This one isn’t even a stage smile – this is a pained smile.”
He also said he was worried that she was buckling under the pressure of royal life.
“That might be just having a couple of bad days. I don’t know. It really worries me. I think she’s under too much pressure,” he said. “There’s a high price to pay to be married to that family.”
Harry reportedly wanted Markle to stop wearing pantsuits.
A source from one of the fashion teams that visited Kensington Palace before their royal tour told the publication that Markle has expressed interest in pantsuits and tuxedo-style outfits, but Harry reportedly wants her to choose something more traditional.
“‘Meghan is being told she needs to stop dressing like a Hollywood star and start dressing like a royal,” the source told the Daily Mail. “Meghan wanted to wear a tuxedo-style suit but Harry said it wasn’t traditional enough.”
The report was highly speculative, but it still raises the issue of what to do if your partner isn’t a fan of your wardrobe.
People thought Markle broke royal protocol with an off-the-shoulder dress, but Kate Middleton has worn similar styles.
Markle attended the annual Trooping the Colour celebration wearing a pale pink off-the-shoulder dress.
While many thought she looked stunning during her first major post-honeymoon appearance, others took issue with the off-the-shoulder design of the dress, calling it “inappropriate” and “a bit much” for the queen’s birthday celebration. Others thought showing her shoulders was a breach of royal protocol.
There appears to be no royal protocol against off-the-shoulder dresses. Kate Middleton has worn several of them in the past.
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