LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle has been all over the headlines again this week, but for once it’s of her own accord. The Duchess of Sussex released her first solo podcast with Spotify last week, Archetypes, and to promote it she agreed to a sit-down interview in her own home for a cover story in The Cut. 

The sprawling conversation covered everything from an imminent Instagram return (please!) to the unplanned way she and Prince Harry ended up in Moniceto, California (Tyler Perry), as well as her estranged relationship with her father, Thomas Markle. During this part, the royals and their tense family dynamic, too, was mentioned.

But Markle says that one sentence that quickly went viral was actually taken out of context. When Markle was speaking about losing her father, she said: “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process.’ It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but that’s his decision.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The way it reads is that Harry was saying he had lost his relationship with his father, Prince Charles. But according to a spokeswoman for Markle, who spoke to E! News, Markle (and Harry) was referring to her rapport with Thomas Markle, and then added she didn’t want the same outcome for her husband and his dad.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones confused: According to BBC, a source close to Prince Charles told the United Kingdom’s PA news agency he would be disappointed if Harry felt their relationship was gone, adding, “The Prince of Wales loves both his sons.”

Despite them now apparently being on better terms, when Harry sat down with Oprah in April, he mentioned his dad had cut communication with him. “Because I took matters into my own hands. It was like I need to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody; it’s really sad that it’s got to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s, because I could see where this is headed,” he said when questioned about why.

Since then, both he and Markle, accompanied by their two young children, have spent time in the UK with the royals (though it pays to mention, no one-on-one time with Prince William nor Kate Middleton).

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