If Meghan Markle shares news, and her estranged father and half-sister don't react publicly, did she even really have news to begin with?
That conundrum is basically the 2018 version of the "if a tree falls in a forest" philosophy, and yet, it's just as perplexing. The Duchess of Sussex and her father's side of the family have had an infamous falling out over the last few months, and it's gone down right in front of our eyes because Thomas and Samantha Markle certainly love airing their dirty laundry to the world.
So when Meghan and Prince Harry announced Monday morning that they're expecting a baby in spring 2019, it didn't take a genius to know that Markle family judgments were coming. Both Samantha and Thomas have opinions about the pregnancy, but they're shockingly kind of positive, for once. Who would've thought?
"It just makes everything that happened over the last year disappear," Samantha told The Sun, according to E! News. "I want Meghan to be happy and calm and have peace. Everybody needs to be positive."
Samantha added that she and her dad feel the same way, but that she hopes Thomas's omission from the palace's birth announcement was "not intentional."
"If he is excluded, I won't be happy. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included," Samantha argued.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
"A baby changes everything and softens everyone," she added. "I would only hope that there would be some adjustment or some way of including him."
That may be true, or it may be wishful thinking. Only time will tell.