Weddings are typically all about tradition, from the white dress to the flowers to the exchanging of rings. While things have certainly loosened up rule-wise across the pond, tradition is still important when it comes to the royal family and marriage. For example, The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires any royal family member who plans to propose to get the Queen’s blessing first (via Brides).
This rule is similar to the mostly-forgotten and “sexist” (via Cosmopolitan) tradition we know of as “asking for one’s hand in marriage” — a tradition in which the proposer asks for permission from their partner’s father before proposing. But, here’s the thing: Prince Harry hadn’t actually met Meghan Markle’s father before their marriage, which — according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward — “worried” Meghan’s future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton (via The Sun).
Kate voiced her concerns after Harry and his wife-to-be stayed at her home, shared with Prince William, in Norfolk, Anmer Hall. Following their visit, Harry revealed to Radio 4’s “Today” program that his loved ones were “like the family she [Meghan] never had” (via The Sun). Of course, it all snowballed from there.
Kate Middleton was reportedly worried about Meghan Markle's strained relationship with her family
According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, Kate Middleton found the situation surrounding Meghan Markle’s father (and Prince Harry not meeting him) “all a bit worrying.” Seward claimed that Kate “could not understand why Harry had never met his future father-in-law, nor why Meghan … appeared embarrassed about her family and unwilling to speak about them apart from her mother” (via The Sun). On the day of their wedding, Meghan walked down the aisle with her father-in-law, Prince Charles (via Town & Country) and her mother, Doria Ragland, was the only family member (on Meghan’s side) to attend the wedding.
In her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed how emotionally draining the experience with her father has been. “I look at Archie, I think about this child [on the way], and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child,” Meghan told Oprah (via People). “I can’t imagine it. So it’s hard for me to reconcile that.”
But did things reconcile between Meghan and Kate? Their relationship was always a little bit strained, so time will tell.
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