On Thursday, for the first time since Thomas Markle decided he wasn’t attending his daughter’s wedding (then he was, then he wasn’t again), Meghan Markle spoke about the saga in a carefully worded statement released by Kensington Palace.
The 36-year-old former US actress thanked the public for their understanding of what has been a rather perplexing situation playing out almost entirely in the public eye.
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” she wrote.
“I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
She continued: “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”
The official statement came a day after Thomas, a cinematographer, told US tabloid website TMZ he was to undergo heart surgery.
While the statement offered little information that was new, it didn’t stop social media users speculating on the statement’s wording.
I always cared for my father, come on Meghan where’s the word love !
— Rhonda (@RhondaWindynook) May 17, 2018
Meghan Markle’s statement includes: “I have always cared for my father.”
Interesting choice of words! Allows for distance from him, perhaps she’s ‘guarding’ herself against future issues he might cause.
Otherwise why not “I love my father”? Quite sad really. #RoyalWedding
— Dr Pam Spurr (@DrPamSpurr) May 17, 2018