The story reads like the script of some overblown daytime TV soap. Our beautiful young heroine is on the verge of fulfilling her life’s ambition of marrying her dashing Prince, having sacrificed career and country to follow her heart.
But the fates seem determined to conspire against them.
Her father, whom she adores but who is a deeply troubled man, is admitted for heart surgery days before the wedding. Distraught, she turns to her mother, a solitary yet comforting presence, who flies to her rescue.
Meanwhile, her half-sister, unhinged with jealousy, drips poison into every passing press microphone, while the rest of her estranged family circle like vultures. Will love triumph? What will become of them all?
Find out, in the next instalment of . . . the royal wedding.
With every new lurch and jolt in the roller coaster that has become the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, yet more nagging questions, as I wrote yesterday, arise. These are the most baffling . . .
The story reads like the script of some overblown daytime TV soap. Our beautiful young heroine is on the verge of fulfilling her life’s ambition of marrying her dashing Prince, having sacrificed career and country to follow her heart
1. How did the Palace get it so horribly wrong?
There is arguably no organisation on this planet with more experience of staging public weddings, pageants and general pompery than the Royal Household. This sort of thing is like falling off a log to them.
In particular, managing the expectations of tricky guests and pushy minor players is their stock in trade. So why did they completely fail to see the problems inherent in the complex Markle family dynamics?
Did no one stop to think of the implications of Prince Harry marrying a woman from a very different culture and class and take steps to minimise the impact on vulnerable individuals? Which brings me on to the next question . . .
2. Why did no on google her family?
Even the most cursory internet search would have thrown up a few red flags. Could they not have taken at least a few steps to get them on-side so that we wouldn’t today be listening to Meghan’s half-sister Samantha’s deranged TV ramblings and her drug-addled half-brother Thomas Markle Jr’s crazed letters to Harry painting her as a scarlet woman?
What was it that stopped them? Incompetence? Oversensitivity? Or did the couple themselves, away in their little love bubble, simply not think it mattered?
Either way, it does rather make you wonder whether there is a single grown-up in charge at Kensington Palace.
3. Why has mum only just flown to her side?
Like any mother-of-the-bride, Doria is a key figure — not least since, apart from Meghan’s father, she seems to be the only other relative invited.
So isn’t it just a little bit odd that she on