Meghan Markle’s feud with her father, King Charles III, became viral on TikTok after the monarch was diagnosed with cancer. The Duchess of Sussex was supposed to be given away at her wedding by Thomas Markle, who was preparing to fly from Rosarito, Mexico, to Britain for the May 19, 2018 ceremony. The UK tabloid The Mail on Sunday exposed him for staging paparazzi photos for cash despite telling Harry and Meghan that the allegations were untrue.
When CCTV images of Charles collaborating with a photographer were published, their relationship was shattered, and they have not spoken since. Meghan was left with a problem because she needed someone new to walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Years before the royal schism would cause conflict in royal relations, Charles stepped in to fill the void in a heartfelt gesture to his daughter-in-law.
When Buckingham Palace announced the king’s cancer diagnosis on Monday, February 5, a TikTok video of the moment went viral, with nearly 900,000 views and over 54,000 likes. Doctors performing a procedure on an enlarged prostate discovered a second problem, which was later determined to be cancer, forcing Charles to take a leave of absence from his royal duties.
The TikTok video was posted with the message “Get well, King Charles” and an on-screen caption reading: “With the devastating news about King Charles being diagnosed with cancer, I will always have SO much respect for him walking Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding while her father was absent.” In addition to footage of Charles walking Meghan down the aisle, there was a clip of Meghan from the couple’s Netflix series Harry & Meghan.