Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle should reach out to her dad soon, says a palace aide. Pictured: Markle arrives at the airport on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Getty Images/Dominic Lipinski

Meghan Markle and the royal family were recently criticized amid Thomas Markle’s ongoing rants against them.

Richard Kay, a journalist for Daily Mail, spoke with past and current royal aides that believe the response and handling of Thomas’ affair have been weak. One of the aides, who was involved in the arrangements of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, said that the royal family has not done a good job at addressing the elephant in the room.

“The perception is that he was treated very much as an afterthought. No one went to visit him when the answer would have been to have someone fly out from London to explain to him how things were going to happen. Even after he started talking to the media it was not too late. When Kate’s uncle Gary found himself in the newspaper spotlight, he was brought into the fold, not excluded,” the source said.

“He was told that he would be invited to everything but that if he felt inclined to speak out and give interviews, we asked that he let us know in advance so that we would be prepared. No one seems to have thought of that this time,” the aide added.

Another insider said that Prince Harry doesn’t trust the media. Due to this, he would’ve never supported the idea of hiring a public relations figure to mediate between his family and Thomas.

“The trouble stemmed from well before the wedding when there must have been an opportunity for Harry and Meghan to pay a private visit to her father. This was long before he started giving interviews. I also think the palace should have invited the whole Markle family; they wouldn’t all have come and it would make them feel included and less likely to make the negative comments they have been making,” the second aide said.

Another palace aide said that Markle should be the one to reach out to her dad and tell him that he is part of the family. This way, the issue of trust will be addressed.