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Let's Try to Decode the Markles' Bizarre Comments About Baby Sussex
Meghan Markle is a new mom, and her dad, half-brother, and half-sister have some interesting things to say about that.
As you may have heard, the royal baby has arrived — and it's a boy! You know what that means: Meghan Markle's loose cannon of a dad, Thomas Markle, is now a grandfather. And you can bet the former lighting director has offered his thoughts on that to the media. (Why break with tradition when it comes to speaking publicly about his daughter's life?)
When chatting with British tabloid The Sun, as every grandpa does, Thomas said, "I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well. I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity and honor."
He then added what, perhaps, he thinks is fitting? "God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry — and God save the Queen.” (Regarding that last part, huh?)
Then, he found a way to pivot and make the whole thing a little bit more about himself and his not-so-great relationship with his daughter. Addressing Meghan and Prince Harry directly, he said, "I hope this baby will bring you all the joy in the world. All newborn babies bring entire families happiness and joy — they can even bring broken families back together again."
Meghan's half-brother, Thomas Markle Junior, had this to add: "Hopefully this baby will help mend the family rift — we'd all love to meet the baby and become a part of his life — especially my dad. I'm hoping that becoming a mother will open up her eyes and shed light on what family means." Ooh, do we sense some passive aggressiveness in there?
"[The birth] just makes everything that happened over the last year disappear. I want Meghan to be happy and calm and have peace. Everybody needs to be positive. I would hope that — for the sake of the baby, the family, the world and my dad — that leaving him out of the statement was not intentional." (PS: This is what she means by "the statement." It's the official birth announcement, which mentions the baby's American grandma Doria Ragland... but not Thomas.)
“I hope my dad is included and at a proper time. If he is excluded, I won’t be happy. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included. A baby changes everything and softens everyone. I would only hope that there would be some adjustment or some way of including him," she concluded.