Bad news for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry of England: his uncle Michael died this week at the age of 82, as reported The Sun.
Uncle Markle, who was known as Mike and had been a diplomat by profession, had been fighting against Parkinson’s disease and had suffered several falls in recent years.
The sources consulted by The Sun reveal that “Mike was a lovely, gentle, soft-spoken old man. He was always happy to be asked about Meghan, but every time he spoke to someone, mostly wanted to talk about his late wife, whom he loved very much. “
After the passing of his wife, Mike Markle moved from his home in Oregon to be closer to his daughter. There, despite her illness, Markle managed to maintain her independence while living in a trailer community, a source told The Sun. Mike was “very proud” of MeghanAccording to those sources, and he wanted the opportunity to meet Harry, something he could never do.
“He was quite well known in his community for being Meghan’s uncle, and he would always stop to chat to say how proud he was of her, although he used to disagree with how he did things. Usually he would chuckled and He said: ‘But I guess it’s not every day you have a prince in the family!“, published this newspaper citing sources close to the old man.
Mike Markle had previously revealed to the magazine Woman who had helped Meghan on her path to becoming a politician when she was 20 years old. Mike said he assured Meghan an internship as a press officer junior at the US embassy in Argentina when she was considering a career in international relations.
However, in recent years, Mike, like his brother Thomas, said that he had distanced himself from Meghan before her royal wedding to Prince Harry. Mike disagreed with how Meghan had treated her father. “His face often got a little dark every time that was mentioned. I do not think they were in contact with him until the day of his death, “said the sources consulted by The Sun.
“I know he was disappointed that he was not invited to the wedding; I knew that much of the family would not be, but I was hopeful that, since it shaped his formative years by getting him that internship in Buenos Aires at the embassy, she might consider it appropriate to invite him“the sources said.
“He wasn’t well enough to travel even back then, but it would have been good for him to know that the niece he helped so much I loved him and appreciated him when he was starting out “, they concluded.