In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, opened up about not being able to attend the royal wedding (he suffered a heart attack just days beforehand) and how it felt to watch his daughter walk down the aisle without him.
The retired Emmy-award winning lighting director, director of photography, and father of the bride spoke candidly to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about missing his daughter’s wedding, in addition to talking about his conversations with Prince Harry (the two have yet to meet face-to-face), and his controversial relationship with the paparazzi.
On not being able to walk Meghan down the aisle, Markle said:
I can’t think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles. He looked very handsome, and my daughter looked beautiful with him. I was jealous, I wish I’d been there, I wish it’d been me, but thank God he was there.
[…] The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history, rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. So that upsets me somewhat.
You can watch the full interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Here’s a clip:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Markle says he feels like a 'footnote in one of the greatest moments in history' after he was unable to attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018
But not everyone felt sympathy for Markle:
Who cares if he's a footnote??? The unfortunate thing is that she had to be walking alone, and then on the arm of a stranger, instead of having her dad with her. The unfortunate thing is having a dad who thinks about himself more that the impact on his daughter.
— Roberta Bateman #FBPE ???????️? (@batrobi) June 18, 2018
What he did was show us his character! Unscrupulous at best!
— Whitney Devlin (@whitneydevlin) June 19, 2018
The poor guy clearly hasn’t learned from his experience. Still baring all to the media on request. Was cringeworthy to watch how hard they worked to drag something controversial out of him.
— Craig_01 (@01Craig01) June 18, 2018
Some faulted Good Morning Britain for what they felt was a tasteless interview:
You dont see her mum baring all to media it's called Privacy and Respect ! Shame on you GMB that was cringeworthy at it's best
— sha (@shazzastokes) June 18, 2018
What respect has GMB for the royal family ? Really thought you had higher standards & some morals but obviously not.Totally disgusted at this interview this morning & switched tv off.
— Hilary McKenzie (@hils71) June 18, 2018
I'm not so sure this was a pot that needed stirring ! But you chose to stir it #GMB and, judging by some of the really hateful, totally unnecessary comments on this thread. you've stirred up a real hornets nest. All in the name of "News" So, Perhaps it was always best left alone
— Bazza J.B (@Strummer07) June 18, 2018
Others speculated on the importance of Thomas Markle in his daughter’s life:
Hes been a footnote from day 1,.,she has literally cut the poor fella out of her life now shes "Royal"..i mean they have been wed a month..they couldnt pop over to see him even for a day or 2??!! #harsh..
— suzie (@zooziee) June 18, 2018
The world knows he is now irrelevant to Meghan and Harry.
— Maria H (@mariahr2015) June 18, 2018
A few people came to Markle’s defense:
Her mum didn’t have to make it evident of her love for Megan as she was well enough to go, however he was not . All he is doing is saying I love her , harry is a gent and thank you to prince Charles for helping him and his daughter.
— Suzy bear (@Suzybear8) June 18, 2018
Great interview and nice guy tho he needs to stop thinking of himself as a footnote in history rather than father of the bride not his fault he had a heart attack
— Abi Besser (@abibesser) June 18, 2018
Leave him alone @piersmorgan @gmb your tone and style of questioning was accusatory. You’re interrogating a man who has been thrown into the limelight and was ill when his daughter got married! What were you expecting him to say??
— Nasreen (@nasreen781) June 18, 2018