Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have been thrown into the center of a complete media frenzy since their departure from the British monarchy, and many have been wondering what their families must be thinking of their controversial decision.
Well, a member of the family has now spoken out... And he certainly isn't royal.
Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, who has his own controversial history with the media, has spoken out about his experiences with the royal family in a new documentary, and he had the most brutal words for his daughter.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear what he had to say...
Meghan and Harry have become one of the most famous couples in the world.
via: ShutterstockHeadlines were made all over the world when the British Royal Family's Prince Harry announced his romance with the Suits actress, Meghan Markle.
It all started with a blind date...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.
And their friend's hunch was apparently right...
via: ShutterstockBecause the pair hit it off, and they immediately arranged to see each other again, eventually going on to have 2 more dates in London.
Meghan was instantly catapulted into the royal spotlight.
via: ShutterstockThough she was already pretty well known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, the California-born actress was thrown into levels of fame that she had never experienced before.
The world quickly became Meghan and Harry obsessed.
via: ShutterstockAnd people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.
And, not ones to waste any time...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.
The ceremony was simply stunning.
via: ShutterstockThe royals aren't ones to hold back, are they? Harry and Meghan wed in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle, which became one of the most-watched televised events of all time.
And, not long after the wedding, the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some more exciting news...
via: ShutterstockThey were expecting! On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.
And, on May 6th, 2019...
via: Getty ImagesArchie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.
They make for the cutest little family.But things haven't been as rosy and smooth-sailing as they have been appearing.
Meghan hasn't had the easiest time...
via: ShutterstockJoining the British royal family was never going to be an easy transition, given that a person has to give up their entire life in order to be a part of the monarchy. But Meghan's experience has been especially difficult.
Many dedicated royalists weren't happy to see an American woman of colour in the monarchy...
via: ShutterstockAnd many attacked the Duchess, slamming her as "fake," with some going as far as accusing her of breaking up the royal family entirely.
She has also been relentlessly attacked by the press...
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Ma… https://t.co/6KgnuDlXOk— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)1478599888.0
But, this year, the couple have seemingly had enough of the harassment and the criticism...Because they announced that they will be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
They made the announcement on their joint Instagram page, Sussex Royal.
The couple plan on providing a more "normal" upbringing for Archie...
via: InstagramAnd have announced that they will be splitting their time between the U.K and North America. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
This is huge news.And, obviously, it ruffled a couple of feathers in Buckingham Palace.
The Queen released a statement that claimed she was "supportive" of the couple...“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
But some reports suggest otherwise.
via: Getty ImagesSome sources close to the family have been claiming that senior royals were left “hurt" by the shock announcement that was made "without warning."
And it isn't just Harry's family who have been affected.
via: GettyThis whole situation has obviously taken some toll on Meghan's family who, before her transition into the royal family, were normal, every-day people.
Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, has been by her side for the full journey...
via: GettyThe proud mom was seen as Meghan's highly-publicized wedding and was reportedly by her daughter's side for the birth of Archie.
But as for Meghan's dad?
via: YouTubeWell, there has been quite the controversy regarding her dad, Thomas Markle.
We all remember his publicity stunt just before the royal wedding...
via: YouTubeRemember? When he collaborated with paparazzi by posing for photos of him getting fitted for a suit just before his daughter's big day?
Well, ever since that, Meghan has cut all ties.
via: YouTubeAnd Thomas has appeared in a handful of interviews to discuss his dismay over his (quite rightful, might I add...) banishment from Meghan's life.
But now, he has spoken out once more.
via: YouTubeThomas Markle: My Story aired on Alaska TV on 22 January, and viewers saw as Mr. Markle discussed his absence from the May 2018 royal wedding, the way in which he has been portrayed in the media, and how he learned the news of his daughter’s pregnancy over the radio.
He also spoke about his daughter's departure from the royal family...
via: GettyWhere he went on to brutally tear into his daughter for her actions against "one of the oldest and greatest establishments in the world."
He slammed the whole situation as "disappointing."
via: YouTubeAnd claimed that Meghan is throwing away "every girl's dream." "It's disappointing because... She actually got every girl's dream - every young girl wanted to be a princess and she got that. And now, she's tossing that away... For money."
"3 million dollars and a twenty-six bedroom home clearly isn't enough for them."
via: YouTubeThomas is quite obviously incredibly bitter about their financial situation, and even commented that Meghan and Harry are "cheapening" and "destroying" the royal family, and are even "turning it into a Walmart with a crown on it."
"It's kind of embarrassing for me."
via: YouTubeHe states that Meghan had an obligation and that she should have stuck to it. "When they got married, they took on an obligation. And that obligation is to be part of the royals and to represent the royals, and it would be foolish of them not to [do that]."