Prince Harry already met Meghan Markle’s father… ‘about six months ago’


I strongly suspect that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently together, on vacation somewhere. It’s been days since either of them got pap’d in London or Toronto. Harry spent Christmas as Sandringham, then he got photographed in London a few days after Christmas… and then nothing. Meghan got photographed in Toronto with her mom around Christmas too, and since then there’s been nothing. So did they manage to sneak away somewhere and the press has no idea? Probably. Maybe. Until we get a confirmation of their holiday – or a confirmation of an engagement, lord help us all – we just have to make do with the crumbs of reporting out there. Did you know that Harry has already met Meghan’s father? Interesting.

Prince Harry has met his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s father, who is said to be “proud” of the relationship, according to reports. The actress’s older brother revealed the meeting between the 32-year-old royal and Thomas Markle, a 72-year-old former lighting director, took place during one of Harry’s visits to Toronto, Canada.

Thomas Markle Jr told “My dad knew about (the relationship) from the start. He first met Prince Harry about six months ago out in Toronto. He goes once every couple of months – (Meghan and Thomas Markle Sr) are very close and they stay in close contact. He’s pretty happy about Harry and he’s extremely proud of her. They have an amazing relationship, they’re very close and they always have been.”

However Mr. Markle said he was not sure whether Harry had met her mother yet.

[From The Daily Mail]

I think the “he’s extremely proud of her” comment is a general one, as in her father is very proud of her generally, for who she is and how she lives, not that he’s proud of her for dating a ginger prince. Being “proud” of someone for “landing a prince” is sort of gross (and Middleton-esque). But here’s what struck me – Meghan introduced her dad to Harry “about six months ago.” So, in June or somewhere around there? They had only been dating a few months at that point. Is that too soon? Or is just further proof that Meghan and Harry got really, really serious about each other really, really quickly?


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  1. Megan says:

    The first rule of dating a royal is you don’t talk about dating a royal. Meghan should not have let her brother speak to the press. Bad PR move.

  2. Sarah says:

    Somehow I doubt that they have met each other’s parents. Don’t know why…

  3. Millennial says:

    I finally watched the most recent season of Suits (I hadn’t watched in a couple years) and I’ve got to say they really wasted her character. She’s just mooning about as the main characters put-upon girlfriend. Gina Torres (fan girl since Firefly) and Sarah Rafferty had much stronger plot lines. I’m just saying she could easily be written off the show and she wouldn’t really be missed. Not that she isn’t a good actress (I’ve always liked her character on the show), it’s just they aren’t putting a lot of thought into writing her character anymore.

  4. Maria says:

    Maybe they have been dating longer than 6 months. Who knows? I hope the are not in Toronto right now because we are in a deep freeze.

  5. Hmm says:

    6 months? But she was dating a cook around that time.

    • Maria says:

      Actually a renown chef who was hot! She dumped him when she met Harry.

      • Can'tRecall says:

        Actually this is NOT true. All the known information suggests that she and Corey were already split late April to early May and that he was sofa surfing with friends as they were trying to uncouple. Again from what has been reported he broke her heart and thus the reason she told Peers that she was new to the dating game. The reason Harry had to chase so hard was because she wasn’t sure she wanted to jump back into the dating game at that time. Not that it matters as she doesn’t have to answer to anyone about her dating choices.

      • lol says:

        weren’t her and corey on vacation together in may?

      • Can'tRecall says:

        I believe that was late Apr/early May. I’m sure you can check her IG. That doesn’t mean they were not trying to see if they could heal a broken trust issue. The reports I’ve read were that he cheated on her and they were over early may but he was still between her place and moving out. I get that you would like to make overlap happen but from everything in the public it didn’t.

        Corey cheated they split she met Harry and that’s that.

      • TruthTeller says:

        Meghan cheated on Cory and left him for Prince Harry.
        That’s a well known fact in Toronto. Stop the smear campaign against Cory.

    • Can'tRecall says:

      Sorry truth teller, I know your type is used to getting away with spreading misinformation about Meghan via DM RDish/Gossip with impunity BUT not here. It is not a FACT known or otherwise as it’s a lie. Corey cheated and he got dumped…the end.

  6. AT says:

    Don’t believe a word any of her half-siblings say. They only see Dollar signs.

  7. Lec0891 says:

    I think Megan is ok with her brother talking. He had her back when her sister attacked her and he is confirming the meeting 7 months later. Not exactly running to the press. I think she obviously trusts him.

    • Hannah says:

      Actually it sounds like the older half siblings hate eachother and both are using Meghan for some fame and possible $$$. They both keep taking shot at eachother. Doubt Meghan even knows what they are up too considering they apparently have never been close. Due to belonging to different generations and growing up in different parts of the country.

  8. Lilac says:

    I’m sooo over her. Former fan (not of her TV show, but I loved that she was mixed and seemed real/natural). After the DM published pictures of her from when she was 22 and her nose was so obviously taken in (nostrils and bridge) to look more generic/less black. Plus the dumb articles like this one that make it obvious her PR team is releasing details to keep her in the headlines (e.g. “The actress’s older brother revealed the meeting”)… Gross and cringe worthy

    “Last time I saw her it was over some family stuff and it was nice, it was good. We spent a long time together, over a weekend – a lot of good quality time and it was nice.” – it doesn’t sound like they are estranged and he’s not some secret source. In my mind I’m going back to that blind that suggested her team was going to release a bunch of stories to make her seem more family-oriented and charitable. I think this is more from that campaign.

    A grumpy mixed person who wishes we could just accept how we look instead of buying into the you-don’t-look-white-enough crap

    P.S. I can’t wait until she goes away… Either they’ll marry and the media will get bored or be less enthralled by her or they will break up… Either way I can’t wait.

    • Luca76 says:

      Hmm I mean every white actress gets plastic surgery so I never hold it against a black or mixed actress for doing the same. If that were the case I wouldn’t be a fan of anyone because they’ve all had nose jobs. I think she’s pretty but she’s also very obviously had small things done to her face.

    • Can'tRecall says:

      LOL…this simply isn’t true even if it’s your opinion. There have been many pics (thanks to her family) of this woman since age 11 and she has the exact same nose. This madness needs to stop. She has been accused of have augmentation to achieve a B cup at best.

      Meghan has said nothing about her family or her relationship. It was the 1/2 brother who originally said they hadn’t talked for years. A blind that suggests her team would release stories….doesn’t sound like a blind but a fortune teller since it predicts the future and I really can’t imagine who on her team would leak their strategy.

      Not sure why your ethnicity matters…I suspect it’s to distract from how ethnically biased you sound but it’s not working. You do however sound grumpy…and let’s not forget very very bitter.

    • Lobbit says:

      So do you just walk around feeling disappointed and put upon by ALL women of color who fail your ethnic “realness” test or is this just a Meghan Markle thing? I’m just curious.

    • FrostedFlakes says:

      Actually, Lilac if you look closely at Meghan’s face in her photos, its the make up… its called contouring, from between the eyes all the way to the tip of the nose. Then across the top of the cheekbone around the eyes and up to meet the brows. For reference look at Rihanna’s make up when she met up with Prince Harry in Barbados. People posted how pretty she looked etc.

      Well, I HAVE SEEN RIHANNA VERY CLOSE UP, so I could clearly see the make up in the photos. Meghan has a full freakled face… she has NOT had a nose job.

  9. Sixer says:

    Flying Elvi for 2017. It’s the least we are owed for making it through 2016.

  10. TheOtherOne says:

    Assuming it is true (I’m skeptical)….this could be the fathers public blessing.

    Maybe PH and MM are some where eloping similar to Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Assuming he got TQ’s permission is he bound to follow strict royal protocol? Enjoy your life, kids because Charles and the Middletons are about to go to war.

    • perplexed says:

      I feel he could be bound to strict royal protocol when it comes to weddings. Andrew is Elizabeth’s favourite child (he could probably murder somebody and she’d still probably consider him her favourite) and I think he still had to do the big show of a wedding and everything else that went along with it.

      Weddings and babies are really the only interesting thing about the royal family (well, besides scandal, but Charles and Diana can’t go at it anymore for obvious reasons). Weddings remind people why having a royal family can be kind of fun.

  11. swak says:

    What is the big deal about meeting parents. If dad was around when Harry was visiting in Canada – sure meet him. It doesn’t mean they are getting married or in a serious relationship. All my boy friends met my parents.

  12. Indira says:

    I don’t even think she wants to marry PH. Can’t imagine she wants to give up her life (her blog, acting career, …). I know she has a lot of fans here but I think in the end she uses him to further her career and to become famous. Only people who watched Suits knew her before he issued that statement.

    • Susannah says:

      Maybe she fell madly in love and will give up her acting career to marry Harry because that’s what she wants. There are other important roles for her if she becomes a duchess that she can champion, her work with World Vision, for example, would be a great place to start.

      I’m glad she has fans on here because she’s crapped on in every royal blog by nasty, bitter, judgmental commenters that seem to have an irrational hatred for her.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Maxima, Letizia, Mathilde, Daniel, Kendra Spears, Angela Brown (of Liechtenstein), Grace Kelly, etc. They all gave up their careers to marry their royal partners. If these two decide to marry, they will. He’ll stay in succession and she’ll put her work ethic to work for charity.

      • perplexed says:

        I feel like the rules for British royals could be different. The BRF has always seemed stricter. I know Grace Kelly is often cited as an example, but Monaco’s royal family has always seemed unconventional. Like, they’re called royal, but they never seem to act it (Prince Albert of Monaco comes to mind as a prime example).

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is 2017.

        Anne, Charles, Andrew, and Margaret all divorced. Two out of three remarried – to the people they were having extra-marital affairs with. Prince Michael married a divorced Catholic. Lady Davina married a man who happens to be Maori, who has a son from a previous relationship. Lord Freddie Windsor married Sophie Winkelman from 2 1/2 men.

        William married a woman who has never worked a day in her life. Her grasping family runs a plastic party tat company that keeps getting in trouble with the Olympics, with people who dislike the costumes they sell that sexualize children, and child labor watchdogs. James Middleton used to sell sex-related party cakes. The family may owe their funding to questionable Uncle Gary. The guy caught on camera offering drugs and young women, who named himself the Duke of Slough and joked about getting his own Goldsmith wing at KP, who owned a home named Maison de Bang Bang where W&K used to vacation.

        The BRF has weathered the storms of Diana and the ongoing storms of Fergie. I don’t think Harry marrying Meghan Markle would be a problem for them.

      • Sixer says:

        Oh, I don’t know. Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall. Posh but not aristo posh. Popular rugby player but seen to be doing plenty of non-acceptable things. I mean, he got in trouble for dwarf-throwing, FGS.

      • perplexed says:

        Yeah, but didn’t most of this stuff happen after marrying? (i.e dwarf-throwing, princesses losing their minds, etc). In the lead-up to potential marriages, the British royals seem stiffer with the people who actually have to marry into the family. Which inevitably leads to chaos later on (i.e Margaret, Diana, Fergie). Then they learn the hard way that none of that stiffness and adherence to tradition may not have been worth it. That adherence to tradition (or the expectation to adhere to it while the cameras are following you) is precisely why I think Kate was the only one willing to marry Will while everyone else ran for the hills. Even the BRF weren’t so stiff, then I think William might have chosen someone else.

        As I said, I think it’s only the people who have to marry the heir and the spare that have to face intense standards. I don’t necessarily think the families of those women necessarily have to face those standards. Even though they came from aristocratic families, neither Diana’s or Fergie’s families were perfect. Their families were as crazy as everybody else’s. But the women seem required to take on a certain role for the position. Even Kate’s hard-partying image (which I don’t think was that bad compared to what the rest of the royal family has done) seemed to be whitewashed once she married into the family, and now we’re expected to see her as perfect. And we’re expected to believe she does charity work when she doesn’t. Her image has also been conceived to conform to some kind of ideal femininity.

        As far as Zara Phillips goes, her mother didn’t want her to get a title (for whatever reason). But I feel Harry could be held to a stricter standard based on simply being Charles’s (the future King’s) son. But at the same time I feel like a lot of rules were enforced because Elizabeth was somewhat afraid of her mother. Maybe Elizabeth relaxed a lot of rules once her mother kicked the bucket. Though even when Charles married Camilla it couldn’t happen overnight — he seemed to have to campaign for it on some level.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Diana’s parents divorce and those subsequent public PR battles were a huge scandal. Fergie’s parents’ divorce after her mother ran away with an Argentine polo player, another huge scandal. Fergie’s pre-Andrew live-in relationship with 25+ years older F1 driver Paddy McNally (a man who continued to provide her financial support after the divorce). Those things didn’t keep them from marrying the heir and spare.

        Ultimately neither behaved in accordance with any exemplary “role” for wives of heir and spare. Neither behaved according to the pre-set ideas of how members of the BRF acted on engagements, as one big example. Diana’s emotionally-open approach changed many things. Sarah was praised for the whole “breath of fresh air” idea before being labelled Duchess of Dolittle.

        There is nothing about Markle or her career that makes her a No-Go for working royal. The Windsors are absolutely nothing to write home about. To have qualms about Markle, when they have such severe issues in their own family + the Middleton Clan? I don’t see it happening.

        Charles had to campaign for Camilla because a handful of obsessed Diana fans feel Charles cheated on them personally when his first marriage failed.

    • Luca76 says:

      See I think the opposite in that I could see the appeal for someone with her ambition. I mean she may create a niche brand on her own (and now that she’s dated Harry a much bigger name) but being part of the royal family would put her on a whole different level of fame worldwide. BTW I think the fact that she seems ambitious is a good thing. Kate (and William) clearly aren’t suited to be a symbolic leader or make any contribution in the way a royal should.

    • Mary mary says:

      I would rather since a ginger prince wedding any day than seeing President elect tangerine-o’s inauguration :)

  13. Lainey says:

    Seeing as Megan’s pretty much estranged from her fathers side- it’s complete and utter bullshit. Her half sister has already tweeted saying that this brother doesn’t even talk to their father anymore so he doesn’t know anything about their relationship let alone if they’ve been introduced. The media need to stop acting as if any of these people are credible.

  14. Lilac says:

    @lainey is that the half-sister who is estranged from the family? If so, I’m wondering how she would know what their current relationship is. If not, good point.

    Edited to add: “Samantha is now 51 years old and lives in Florida with her three children, reports The Sun. Unlike her sister, her life is a private one and she is not active on social media.”

    • pleaseicu says:

      The family is kind of a mess. The sister still seems to have some info on their dad. (though her info could be bad info too) She’s the one who said that their dad was in bad financial shape and had to file for bankruptcy after paying for private nursing care for one of his parents and paying for Megan’s Northwestern education out of pocket. IIRC she basically called Megan an ungrateful brat for not offering to help out their father once she made it big in Hollywood.

      • M4lificent says:

        When I was in college, if you had asked my three older cat-fighting sisters, they would have told you that my parents were spending their retirement money to send their baby sister to an expensive private college. They never bothered to find out that I was on a scholarship, two grants, a work-study program, and student loans that were NOT co-signed by my parents. They refused to listen to anything I had to say about the situation, including that fact that I would have had to pay more by going to the local state school because I would not have qualified for any financial aid at all. It wasn’t until after I graduated, and my brother explained the situation to them that they stopped be horrible bitches to me for being academically successful.

    • Lainey says:

      She’s estranged from Megan anyway, not sure about the rest of the family. Megan seems to be estranged from all if not most of her dads side if the family. So i take everything coming from them with a big pinch of salt. Seems like they’ll say anything for the money.

      • Can'tRecall says:

        DM ran a story with quotes from just about everyone on the father’s side of the family quoted and ALL…her mother and ex husband included, were estranged from Samantha. IF that is her Twitter acct, I’d take any direct knowledge she has on Meghan or her dad with a large pinch of salt.

  15. pleaseicu says:

    In June wasn’t she still with the high profile chef or just breaking up with him?

  16. Olga says:

    Meh, I can kinda understand that some UK citizens don’t like her. You don’t read many positive comments about her on British websites. Playing with the media through her Instagram account, releasing that statement (for which Harry still receives many negative comments ["don't bite the hand that feeds you"]), etc was not very smart. His other girlfriends also managed to be discreet.

    • pleaseicu says:

      I wonder what Chelsy and Cressida think of the kid glove treatment/protection MM is getting from KP. MM seems to have the right idea if she was pushing for protection or even that statement. Chelsy and Cressida’s discretion and playing by the rules got them jack in the end. Chelsy was physically assaulted by paps. She had a GPS tracker put on her car. She was hacked. Paps followed her onto her school’s campus and into buildings both at undergrad and law school. They’d use the same pictures of her coming out of a club over and over again to say she was partying all the time. The media onslaught against her was relentlessly negative for 7 years. Then there were all of the online comments about her looks and character. She got nothing by way of assistance or defense from the BRF. Same goes for Cressida, though to a lesser degree because her mother had pull with the media. Guess it just goes to show both women made the right choice in walking away from him.

      • LO says:

        Chelsy’s treatment was horrible, just awful. I always wondered in their story would have ended differently had she been treated better. Chelsy dated Harry while he was still under his father’s people. So Charles was probably calling the shots. And Charles is big on never explain, never complain. Harry did try to stand up for her in the interview for his 21st birthday, and he tried to assault a photographer in defense of her I thought. So at least a statement is more mature than that…

        Cressida got treated with kid gloves by the media so she didn’t really need a statement in her behalf.

      • Lady D says:

        Maybe Harry learned something from the press’s treatment of his last 2 serious relationships?

    • Naroula says:

      It’s interesting how people are defending the press after the statement was released. I side-eye anyone who claims that the BRF should have let Meghan fend for herself while she was character-assassinated by the racist and sexist press for the sinful act of dating a prince.

    • Can'tRecall says:

      I can’t. Her SM acct she had long before Harry and nothing she posted lead to the outing of their relationship. Harry’s release of that statement was hailed by women who don’t hate women as it simply asked that she not be subjected to sexist and race tinged stories designed to invoke the same from the trolls living under the Daily Mail comments bridge.

      Meghan has said nothing so clearly there is no discretion issue. The wretched comments from RD/RD/DM readers are mostly them projecting their biases onto her. The truth is some resent Harry’s statement because it put an end to the story line that she was embellishing their relationship. Then the attack was that he was ashamed of her and they did a pap stroll…now it’s the pearl clutching over her brother defending her….any excuse to demean her is sufficient for most of you.

  17. Kitty says:

    Her sister said this story was fake.

  18. Hashtagwhat says:

    Word in Toronto is that Meghan paid off Chef Cory so he’d stay mum on when her relationship with Harry actually started. So I don’t know if this story about meeting her father is true, but it’s not necessarily untrue because it says “6 months ago.” The timeline of their relationship has been all over the place on purpose, bc it wasn’t exactly above board to begin with, according to people around here.

  19. C'estMoi says:

    I don’t get it.If her and Cory ended on such a bad note,why are they still following each other on Instagram.Why do her close friends also follow him? Just think the relationship was at that point where it wasn’t working and Harry came along.
    Don’t know why people are blaming her for on earth can she shut them up? Her dad should shut them up,they are his family

  20. Sam says:

    Harry is probably in Tromsø right now
    Someone who works at the airport in London tweeted that Harry stepped on a plane from Norwegian Airlines. He since deleted the tweet because he nearly got in trouble at work, he wasn’t supposed to say anything.

    Tromsø, Norway was his guess (he knows all the flights), and not long after, Inge Solheim uploaded a video to Instagram, from Tromsø, which could suggest that he’s arranging another trip for Harry + girlfriend, the way he did with Cress in Kazahstan.

  21. Nia says:

    Her father’s side is always talking to the press. I doubt Harry met her dad, especially that early in the relationship. I

  22. AmericanInOz says:

    Am I the only one that thinks meeting the parents isn’t such a BIG deal?

    Anyone I was dating was always welcome to tag along when I went down and saw my parents whether it be for dinner or a weekend at their house. It didn’t mean I wanted to marry them, just that they were more than a one night stand.