An old saying advises you to keep your friends close — and your enemies closer.
And your family? Well, if you’re planning to wed a prince at an event that will be broadcast around the world, lock up their phones and pray to the wedding gods they won’t embarrass you on your big day.
Sadly, former Torontonian Meghan Markle and her hubby-to-be Prince Harry ignored that warning and now Meghan’s step-family — her half-sister and half-brother Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr.– have done everything they can to make the wedding look like an episode of Trailer Park Boys.
They’ve stabbed and backstabbed Meghan — the half-sister they profess to love — before the big day’s even dawned. Even her father, Thomas Markle Sr., who’s now reportedly undergoing heart surgery and so understandably can’t make Saturday’s nuptials, seems to have U.S. gossip website TMZ on speed-dial.
The family’s pre-wedding shenanigans have made a shambles of the closely-scripted wedding.
Samantha splashed herself all over British media, saying that trashing her little sis is just her way of exercising freedom of speech.
While you’re at it, honey, why not exercise your freedom to look like a jerk?
Every family has one — or in the Markle clan three — embarrassing wedding crashers. Who hasn’t been at some posh family event where an uncle drunkenly face-planted himself in the hors d’oeuvres? Or the time the bridesmaid got busy with the best man in the bathroom? Weddings can be a spectator sport at times — a bit like a roller derby or speed skating, where most people only go to see the crashes.
Much as we’re all titillated by the hoof-in-mouth antics of Meghan’s family, we know if we were about to walk down the aisle in the most publicized wedding of the decade, we’d all be checking over our shoulder to make sure Uncle Stan wasn’t chugging a gurgly-wurgly under his tuxedo.
Like most families, the Royals have had their share of embarrassing moments over the years. Unlike most families, their foibles were exposed on the front pages of every newspaper around the world.
Behind the scenes, some are asking how Kensington Palace’s media people fumbled this one. It was obvious early on that Meghan’s reclusive dad would have problems dealing with the protocol of such a high profile event. He lives in seclusion in Mexico and hasn’t even met Harry — only spoken to him on the phone. It would have made sense for Harry’s media handlers to arrange for Markle Sr. and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, to be brought into the wedding plans early on and to be given the support they clearly needed to get through such a high-power event.
Most average folk in the U.K. are taking this in stride. Meghan’s family shenanigans are endearing. They make her one of them.
It’s like a real life episode of the British soap, Coronation Street, where weddings invariably end up with a bride or groom getting dumped at the altar. Or someone ends up drunk. Or in a fountain. Or dead.
Harry and Meghan are much loved in the UK. Fair-minded people want to see them get a shot at a happy married life.
Ironically, Harry’s had problems in the past with girlfriends who dumped him because they just couldn’t handle the royal lifestyle with all its media scrutiny.
In the back of all our minds is the terrible tragedy that happened to his mother, Princess Diana and the pain he went through then. We want him to have his share of happiness now he’s found true love.
As Saturday approaches, it’s time to remember that this isn’t about Meghan’s oddball family. It’s not about what the media wants or even what the Queen is thinking.
It’s all about Harry and Meghan and wishing them a happy ever after — with or without Meghan’s bizarre, dysfunctional family.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies