For any bride, a week before her wedding is usually used to sit back and just watch how all the final details she worked so hard on all fall into place and it’s not different for Meghan Markle – whose big day is set on May 19th, so its very important that every little detail about the wedding is taken care of when the couple says “I do” at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
It was quite the shock for everyone, especially Meghan Markle when she found out that her father, Thomas Markle Sr had staged paparazzi photos for cash. “Meghan is upset and disturbed by the entire ordeal and just wants to move past it,” a Kensington Palace source says in the new issue of Us Weekly. “Her relationship with her father has always been strained, mostly because of his ill-thought-out decisions and lack of responsibility. This goes to prove that.”
But even with this obstacle on the way to the wedding, it seems that Meghan Markle is set on overcoming it. Says the source, “She doesn’t want anything to ruin her day and is trying to keep her focus on the weekend.”
Once she officially becomes a member of the House of Windsors, the Los Angeles native, 36, plans to be like no other royal has been before. From the very beginning of her relationship with Harry,33, it was clear “she was and is different”. Royal expert Omid Scobie also says in the new issue of Us. “She is this woman who is an accomplished actress and philanthropist who wasn’t afraid to use the F-word — feminism. She was already shunning traditional dating protocols.”
Whereas her soon-to-be sister-in-law Duchess Kate was viewed in this light before her 2011 vows to Prince William, divorcee Markle is further along on her personal path of discovery. “Kate was growing up and becoming her own woman within the palace walls,” Scobie adds. “Meghan has already been through that process.”
Markle brings a kind of modernity that is needed in the royal family. In fact, that is one of the qualities her soon-to-be husband found most endearing about her. After Queen Elizabeth named him a Commonwealth youth ambassador in April, Harry gave Markle a special shout-out in his speech: “I’m also incredibly grateful that the woman that I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, in which she too is hugely excited to take part.”
After their post-engagement BBC interview, both the sixth in line to the throne and the former Suits star talked about the philanthropic bond they share. “It was really one of the first things we connected on,” said Markle, “just the different things we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change. I think that was what got date two in the books probably.”
The bride-to-be is so plugged into global affairs, she doesn’t need direction on causes. “Meghan has come in with her vision and the changes that she can make in the world,” says Scobie. “The aides at Kensington have had to sit back and let her get on with it, let her choose her own issues.” Harry — along with his progressive team — fully supports Markle’s independence. “Harry’s staff, versus William’s, is much younger and used to Harry having his own way,” says Scobie. “He wants Meghan to have that same freedom.”