If you’ve been anywhere near an internet-enabled device in the past 72 hours, then you’re no doubt aware that Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a unique ceremony at Windsor Castle in London.
Harry and Meghan’s nuptials were different from previous royal weddings in a number of important ways.
Most were cool and interesting, others … well, not so much.
For example, the ceremony incorporated elements of African-American culture in order to honor Meghan’s ethnicity and nationality.
That was inarguably awesome.
In the other column, you’ll find the almost unbelievably messy drama surrounding Meghan’s family.
While it certainly helped set this wedding apart from its predecessors, we’re guessing Harry and Meghan would have been happy to skip over the soap opera BS delivered by her father and her half-siblings.
Meghan’s half-brother and half-sister talked a bunch of trash, but that came as no surprise, as those two revealed themselves to be bestselling items at the jerk store several months ago.
Much more unexpected was the last-minute turmoil involving Meghan’s father.
Thomas Markle skipped the royal wedding, bowing out just days before the ceremony for reasons that still aren’t totally clear.
At first, there were reports that Meghan’s dad had suffered a heart attack.
Now, however, it doesn’t that that was the case.
The more likely explanation seems to be that Thomas was humiliated by the revelation that he’d agreed to be photographed by paparazzi in exchange for a fee.
That’s not to say Thomas is without health issues, but it seems that his reasons for skipping the wedding were more varied and complex than initially reported.
Weirdly, Thomas was in regular communication with TMZ throughout the build-up to the wedding, and he spoke to the site on Saturday after Meghan and Harry exchanged vows.
“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy,” he said.
“I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.”
Thomas added that watching the wedding on television was both “emotional and joyful.”
We may never know exactly what prompted Thomas to stay home instead of participating in this once-in-a-lifetime event, but remarkably, it seems he and Meghan have remained on good terms.
But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that – something tells us Meghan has lots of experience forgiving her father.