On Wednesday, Prince Harry made a special appearance as guest editor of the BBC’s three-hour radio program, Radio 4. While on the show, he was asked what it was like to spend Christmas with his new fiancée, Meghan Markle, who joined the royal family on the holiday for the very first time.
Harry gushed about his bride, saying, “It was fantastic. She really enjoyed it. The family loved having her there.” When the presenter followed up by asking if there were any family traditions he had to explain to her, Harry laughed and responded, “Oh, plenty. I think we’ve got one the biggest families I know and every family is complex. She has done an absolutely amazing job, just getting in there and it’s the family, I suppose, that she’s never had.”
“The family loved having her there.”
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 27, 2017
It’s likely that Harry simply meant that the royal family is, quite literally, a family that she has not previously had, but the phrasing certainly put off some people on social media, who felt it was a bit crass to imply that Markle comes from some sort of broken home.
His comment seemed to particularly irk Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, who slammed his comments via Twitter:
“Actually she has a large family who were always there with her and for her,” she wrote. “Our household was very normal and when dad and Doria divorced, we all made it so it was like she had two houses. No one was estranged, she was just too busy. Read my book complete with facts and photos. Meg’s family (our family) is complete with sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the glue of our family, our amazing completely self-sacrificing father. She always had this family…Marrying merely extends it.”
She also added another possible interpretation for the prince’s seemingly rude remarks: “The family Meghan never had is a family with husband and children. Of course, she’s got parents, siblings, etc. I believe that is what Prince Harry was referring to.”
Of course, Markle herself got some backlash for her comments, given that it seems like she is exploiting her half-sister’s happiness for profit. The upcoming book that she mentions in the tweets promises to be a juicy tell-all and has the not-very-flattering working title Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
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