EXCLUSIVE: There IS a classy Markle relative – Meghan’s brother Tom Jr’s mom reveals she ‘chewed him out’ over his behavior and got up at 3am to watch ‘wonderful’ Meghan and ‘lovely’ Doria
- Meghan Markle’s father Thomas’s first wife Roslyn, 72, tells DailyMail.com that she got up at 3am in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to watch the ceremony
- ‘Meghan looked wonderful and I thought her dress was classically beautiful. I hope they go on to have a long and happy union,’ she said
- ‘I’m sorry that her father missed out on this joyous occasion. I know he was watching and was a bit tearful – but he was very proud.’
- Roslyn heaped praise on Doria Ragland, her ex-husband’s second wife, calling her ‘proud and lovely’
- Just like Meghan, Roslyn is estranged from Samantha – but she remains close to Thomas Jr and said she had ‘chewed him out’ for his attacks on Meghan
Roslyn Markle, the mother of Meghan’s older half-brother and sister, has revealed she got up at 3am to watch the Royal Wedding at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Roslyn, 72, described the ceremony as ‘absolutely beautiful’ and heaped praise on the newly minted Duchess of Sussex.
‘Meghan looked wonderful and I thought her dress was classically beautiful,’ she said. ‘Doria looked proud and lovely.’
She added: ‘England is so beautiful and green. The castle grounds are pretty and the people seem lovely.’
Roslyn said her favorite part of the ceremony was when a clearly ecstatic Harry was joined by Meghan at the altar and added that she thought Prince Charles looked ‘handsome’ and proud to be escorting the Suits actress on the final steps up the aisle.
The bride stunned in a classic pure white Givenchy silk wedding gown as made her way down the aisle at St George’s Chapel to marry Prince Harry
The dress that made Harry cry: The emotional prince told Meghan, ‘you look amazing’ as she arrived at the altar in her bespoke Givenchy gown
Meghan’s designer Clare Waight Keller was on hand to assist the bride throughout the ceremony, as she did not have adult bridesmaids for her big day
Royal wave: Meghan waves gracefully as her husband smiles as the procession weaves its way through the streets of Windsor
Full of praise: Rosyln Markle, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her granddaughter Noel, told of getting up at 3am to watch the ceremony and told DailyMail.com: ‘Meghan looked wonderful.’
Not impressed: Roslyn Markle said she had ‘chewed out’ her son Thomas Markle Jr over his conduct towards his half-sister
A happier time: Thomas Markle Jr was a teenager when Meghan was born
Mother of the bride Doria Ragland has officially been accepted into the royal fold following her daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday
Congratulating Prince Charles, Doria could be seen taking Prince Charles by the arm as he lead her from the ceremony
Also not there was the bride’s father Thomas Markle Sr. who embarrassed himself this week by staging paparazzi photographs and taking a sum for it. He suffered a heart attack and said that was the reason he would not attend
Roslyn said she now hopes the couple will go on to have a long and happy marriage, telling DailyMail.com: ‘I wish them all the best. I hope they go on to have a long and happy union.’
Roslyn is the first wife of Meghan’s father Thomas Markle Sr, 73, who she divorced in 1976 after he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood.
On Saturday she told DailyMail.com that her former husband would have been ‘a bit tearful’ as he watched the wedding and offered her condolences after ill health left him unable to attend.
She said: ‘I’m sorry that her father missed out on this joyous occasion. I know he was watching and was a bit tearful – but he was very proud.’
Markle Sr has already given his verdict on the ceremony via his favored outlet, gossip website TMZ, and described the ceremony as ’emotional and joyful’.
The 73-year-old, who is understood to have watched it from his hospital bed, added: ‘My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.’
The retired lighting director had been due to walk Meghan down the aisle but pulled out on Tuesday after allegedly suffering a heart attack.
On Wednesday, he was admitted to hospital where he had three stents inserted. The following day, he told TMZ that he was ‘honored and grateful’ after Prince Charles offered to step in and give Meghan away in his place.
What upset Tom Jr’s mom: Roslyn says she ‘chewed out’ her son for his letter to Meghan, published by InTouch magazine, and other comments he has made about her
More Markle relatives: Also in London for the wedding were Roslyn’s grandsons Tyler (left) and Thomas (right) Dooley and their mother Tracy (second right), along with Tyler’s girlfriend Sandra Bazan. They flew over to be commentators on British television – but were dropped before the big day. Tracy is Tom Jr’s ex-wife.
Ready for a broadcast: This satellite truck was the only sign of life outside Samantha Markle’s home in Ocala, Florida – despite her claim to TMZ that she would host a party
Fiery confrontation: Samantha Markle went head-to-head with DailyMail.com’s Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain after her father was revealed to have co-operated with paparazzi – who she now claims caused her boyfriend to crash his car, leaving her injured
Meghan, who is understood to have been keeping in touch with her father via text message, released a statement on Thursday asking for him to be given ‘space’ to recover.
She said: ‘Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.
‘I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.’
Neither of Markle Sr’s other two children, both the product of his marriage to Roslyn, were invited to the wedding following weeks of sniping in the press.
Markle Sr has also blamed Samantha Grant, 53, and Thomas Jr, 51, for his current plight – telling TMZ that their antics have made him ill.
Samantha is watched the ceremony from her home in Ocala, Florida, in the presence of a television crew working for an outlet which paid her a five-figure sum, while Thomas Jr was in Windsor – the paid guest of a tabloid newspaper.
Roslyn told DailyMail.com that she thinks their behavior has been an ’embarrassment’ and accused her daughter of behaving in an undignified way during the run-up to the nuptials.
She also revealed she had ‘chewed out Tom Jr’ over his antics.
It may have worked; Markle Jr. has backtracked on his astonishing attacks of his half-sister to say that he feels like an ‘a**’ and ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of her on wedding day.
In an unscrupulous reversal of his earlier public comments, Markle Jr., told The Mirror on Friday that he now ‘doesn’t blame’ Meghan for distancing herself from him when she found fame on Suits.
‘I feel like an a** about it but my true feelings are I couldn’t be happier for her. I mean, what are the odds?
‘This is every woman’s dream come true, to marry a prince. So I couldn’t be more happy and proud of my sister. She’s incredible,’ he said.
He spoke in the UK after jetting in before the big day but would not say what his plans for Saturday were. He was not invited to the ceremony or reception.
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