Meghan Markle attracted criticism after speaking about the value of family in her first public statement since joining Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Germany.
The Duchess of Sussex arrived in Dusseldorf on Tuesday and quickly made her debut in front of contestants, apologizing for her late arrival.
She said that she had been busy doing the school run and taking care of her children, Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, at their residence in Montecito.
However, her remarks infuriated royal author Tom Bower, who questioned how the Duchess could emphasize the significance of spending time with her family while she and Prince Harry are separated from both of their families except for a few relatives.
Bower said: “For her to pretend she was late because she had to give her children milkshakes was just ludicrous.
“This is a woman who talked tonight about the importance of family… The importance of family for Meghan Markle, who did her best to destroy the Royal Family, who ignores her own father, who talks about how we have to look after victims… And leaves her father in Mexico with a stroke and doesn’t visit him. And talks about family values.”
The Duchess of Sussex has not seen her father since before her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
Thomas Markle Sr. was supposed to escort his youngest daughter down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel, but he backed out after it was revealed that he had made a deal with photographers to have photos taken of himself reading books about England before his visit.
He had a heart attack shortly after, and last year he had a stroke that caused him to struggle with his speech.
The Duchess’s half-siblings, Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr., were also affected by the breakdown in their relationship. Doria Ragland, her mother, is still very close to her.
Most notably, Meghan and Harry have been embroiled in a bitter one-sided verbal spat with the British Royal Family since they announced their intention to step down from their official royal positions in 2020.
Since then, the pair has made several shocking charges against senior members of the organization, which has only fueled the conflict.
Harry has been particularly troubled by his relationship with Prince William, which he extensively explored in his memoir Spare earlier this year.
Meghan, on the other hand, put her resentment aside for her Invictus Games 2023 debut, commenting on spending time with her children before joining Harry and the “amazing” Invictus family.
She said: “It is so special to be here sorry I’m a little late to the party. I had to spend a little more time getting our little ones settled at home and get them to drop off.
“Three milkshakes and a school drop off and I just landed a couple of hours ago and I am thrilled that the first event I can do for Invictus is here with all of you. It is amazing and I hear it has got off to a good start so far.”
She added: “I am very proud of the Invictus family that are here. Like so many of you, you know this is about friends and family and the community of Invictus has created and Fisher house.
“So many people at home are rooting for you. Thank you, and look forward to a fantastic week. I can’t wait until one day to bring our kids so they can experience how fantastic it is.”