In case you hadn't noticed, Kensington Palace isn't handling the drama surrounding Duchess Meghan's dad Thomas Markle very well. By which we mean they aren't handling it at all. Thomas has basically spent the past three months on a one man press tour, and apparently royal aides are super unimpressed by the family's mismanagement of the situation.
Oh, and now? Now Princess Diana's former protection officer Ken Wharfe is spilling some tea. In an interview with Yahoo (via The Daily Mail), Wharfe-who worked with Diana from 1987 until 1993-says Harry should have done a way better job dealing with Thomas.
"He's not an unintelligent guy," Wharfe explains. "He's been through the mill himself, he knows what press intrusion is like. He has a drawbridge and a portcullis to hide behind when they pursue him. Thomas Markle doesn't. Nobody's looking after him. They're going to bend his arm, there'll be the offers money, there'll be the pursuing paparazzi, the invasion and the negative reporting that we've seen."
In Wharfe's opinion, Harry could have prevented all of this drama from day one: "Harry could have done something about that. He may have advised palace officials, maybe he did, but he could have insisted on that. He could well have done, but for some reason it hasn't happened."
Actually, Wharfe seems pretty Team Thomas, saying "I think the palace were at fault not to earmark this problem very early on in this engagement or even in that relationship and decide how are we going to address this with her father. These are ordinary folk, divorced living in a foreign land and suddenly their daughter's marrying a prince. This was always going to be a problem."
But wait there's more, because this guy has a ton to say! Wharfe explains that "there are a lot aides and advisors in the royal household that could easily have set up something way before this wedding to ensure that the rights and the privacy of her father." Oh, and he also says there's no end in sight.
In fact, let's go ahead and end on this domesday-esque musing: "The story will run until there's an answer."
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