Buckingham Palace is putting a recent rumor to rest that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan drew up a list of rules for their neighbors to follow. They did nothing of the sort, said a royal rep.
The Sun declared that neighbors to the couple's Frogmore Cottage home attended a "residents' meeting" where "an overly protective palace official" gave people rules including not to approach or talk to the couple or touch their dogs. And if somehow the residents managed to be speaking to Harry and Meghan anyway, under no circumstances should they ask to babysit or even see their baby boy Archie.
"The Duke and Duchess didn't request this, didn't know about it, and had nothing to do with the content or guidance offered," the Buckingham Palace rep clarified to another British publication, HELLO!
Meanwhile, the Duchess' estranged half-sibling Thomas Markle, Jr., a window fitter in Oregon, has publicly called on Queen Elizabeth to mend the rift between her and her father Thomas Markle, Sr., who she hasn't spoken to since the day after her May 2018 wedding.
“Now you’re a mother, I hope you’re grown up and mature enough to figure out family is very important,” Markle, Jr. told The Sun's competitor Mirror. "The queen should step in and tell Meghan to make amends with her father and family.”
That family includes Markle, Jr.'s sister Samantha Markle, last seen pushing a memoir called The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister on the world. Samantha has since apologized — via tabloid interview.
Markle, Jr. said of the Duchess' mother Doria Ragland: "That’s probably the next relationship that’s going to fall off the map."
If the Queen isn't up to this duty, her son will do, too, Markle, Jr. said.
"Charles should step in and say, ‘Something’s not right’. They should force her into this, or it’s just going to continue to cause problems in her life,” he said.
He's not confident that even tragedy would bring the family together at this point.
“If something critical happens to our father, would Meghan show up? I honestly don’t think she would. God forbid she’s not that heartless. I don’t think anybody could live with that for her entire life.”
He hasn't spoken to her in years and doesn't recognize her anymore.
“Personally, I feel I don’t know this Meghan anymore. My father doesn’t know this Meghan anymore. This is a different Meghan than we all grew up with. It’s very, very strange. Some day I hope you’re smart enough and mature enough to open up and let your family into your life, and baby Archie’s life. Most of all I hope you can call your father and let him be at least a part of yours and Archie’s life. You owe him that.”
The Duchess' father continues to speak at her through these types of interviews. Most recently, he brought up his past as an "altar boy" in the wake of not being invited to Archie's christening.
And, if all this pile on isn't enough, now Meghan Markle is reportedly also drawing criticism from fans for the British Vogue cover she guest edited for the September issue — it highlighted 15 women who are "Forces for Change" ... but did not include her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.
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