Online critics have questioned the wording of Meghan Markle’s statement concerning her father’s absence at the royal wedding.
The bride-to-be, 36, broke her silence as her father’s continued medical treatment means he won’t be able to walk her down the aisle at Windsor Castle.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace this morning, the TV star 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.’
But no sooner had Kensington Palace released the statement, than some had started to question its wording.
Twitter users questioned whether Meghan Markle’s statement could have been better worded
Kensington Palace released the statement today in response to concerns over Meghan’s father
One Twitter user said the statement suggested Meghan was already ‘suppressing emotions like a proper British Royal’.
Emma Gritt added: ‘”I have always cared for my father” – what is she? A droid? She can’t even say she loves her own dad?’
She said that, if the statement was written by an aide in Kensington Palace, then Meghan should be writing in her own words.
Another Twitter user responded: ”I always cared for my father’, come on Meghan where’s the word love!’
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted: ‘Interesting wording. She says I have always ‘cared’ for my father, not LOVED.’
Others were supportive of Meghan, insisting she is in a difficult position.
Critics have suggested Meghan Markle could have used warmer wording in her statement
The actress has always wanted her father to be part of her nuptials and is still in touch with him
On Twitter user wrote: ‘I think no matter how she worded it people would read too much into it. Under the circumstances I think it was tastefully done.’
Another added: ‘She’s in an impossible position, no statement – more speculation, a statement and everyone’s picking that apart. Unless you’re her how can anyone really know about her relationship – he wasn’t part of her life for a long time.’
Ms Markle’s comment that she has always ‘cared’ for her father may be interpreted by some as alluding to this private support she, and Harry, have been giving Mr Markle.
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘That is putting an end to speculation and accusations that Harry and Meghan didn’t offer a barrier of protection around Thomas Markle… She’s saying “cared for”, and that means, “I did try my best”.’
Meghan was spotted being driven into Windsor Castle ahead of a rehearsal for Saturday
Ms Markle released the statement as her father continue receive treatment for heart problems
The Palace has been criticised for failing to handle Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha (left), and half-brother, Thomas Jnr (right)
The palace’s handling of the royal wedding has been questioned this week, with critics suggesting more should have been done to help Meghan’s father, Thomas.
The reclusive former TV lighting director was embroiled in controversy after allegedly being caught staging photographs with the paparazzi.
Meanwhile Meghan’s half-brother and half-sister have been openly criticising her after they were not invited to the big day.
Some commentators have said the Royal Family should have done more to look after Meghan’s family and get other relatives onside in advance of the big day.
Other social media users defended Meghan, insisting the statement was ‘tastefully done’