Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle is no stranger to talking to the press lately. He’s been giving several explosive interviews about his less-that-positive relationship with Meghan and Prince Harry, but it’s something a former royal bodyguard thinks could have been avoided.
Ken Wharfe — who worked as Princess Diana’s bodyguard from 1986 to 1993 — sat down for an interview with Yahoo UK’s “The Royal Box,” and said he thinks the controversy surrounding Thomas’ affinity for speaking to the press was inevitable.
“This was always going to be a problem,” Wharfe said in the interview. “I think the palace were at fault not to earmark this problem very early on in this engagement, or even in that relationship.”
After pointing out the large amount of staff and advisors available “to assist [Thomas] through this once in a lifetime experience,” Wharfe appeared to show a bit of sympathy for Meghan’s father.
“I think that his behavior, his actions are as a result of poor advice or no advice,” Wharfe said. “And I think for that reason the palace advisors should take some level of criticism for not softening the blow for him.”
In reference to the Daily Mail’s report that Thomas hung up on Harry after a heated phone call about his interviews to the press, Wharfe thinks Harry could have taken more precaution.
“I think Harry could have been more insistent,” he said before clarifying that this was simply his gut reaction to the news. “He’s not an unintelligent guy, he’s been through the mill himself, he knows what press intrusion is like. He has a drawbridge and a portcullis to hide behind when they pursue him. Thomas Markle doesn’t. No one’s looking after him.”
Wharfe believes that the media will continue to pursue Thomas for interviews, and said that Harry may be at fault for not acting sooner. “They’re gonna bend his arm,” Wharfe said, speaking about the press. “Harry could have done something about that.”
Regardless of who may be at fault for Thomas’ controversial interviews, Wharfe believes the situation is probably causing Harry some inner turmoil.
“I’m sure that he doesn’t like this,” Wharfe said. “He doesn’t like it because of the heartache and the hurt that it’s probably causing his wife.”