Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding was truly a star-studded affair, with guests like Oprah Winfrey and Amal Clooney making an appearance at Windsor Castle for the momentous occasion. Harry’s royal family was out in droves, from Prince William and Kate Middleton and their kids to Harry’s dad Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth. But as for Meghan’s family, there was less representation.
Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, was supposed to be in attendance to walk his daughter down the aisle in Windsor Castle. The week was set to be extra special, as it would have marked the first time Thomas met his daughter’s future family, the royals.
But days before the royal wedding, Thomas was the subject of countless headlines as he was revealed to have staged a set of paparazzi pictures. The series of photographs showed him reading a picture book on England, looking through photos of Meghan and Harry online, working out, and getting fitted for a suit.
After the controversy, Thomas told TMZ that he would no longer be attending the wedding so as not to further embarass his daughter or the royal family. And though Markle momentarily convinced him to still attend, he ultimately could not due to surgery. On Saturday, he made good on that promise and was no where to be seen as his youngest daughter married a prince.
Luckily for Meghan, her mother, Doria Ragland, was there for her big day, spending the night before the wedding with her daughter at Cliveden House Hotel. Ragland then traveled to Windsor Castle alongside her daughter in a chic ensemble.
While this week may have marked the first time that Meghan's mom met her future in-laws, it wasn't her first encounter with the prince. Ragland met Prince Harry early on in their relationship, and even made an appearance in the royal box at the Invictus Games last September.
As for her estranged half-siblings, Samantha Grant and Thomas Markle Jr., neither is in attendance. Both Samantha and Thomas Jr. were vocal about not receiving invites to the big day in the months leading up to the wedding, despite admitting that they hadn’t spoken to their half-sister in years.