Prince Charles' Friend Called Meghan Markle's Family "Frightfully Common"

Nicky Halsam, a friend of Prince Charles and Camila, described Meghan Markle's family as "frightfully common." He did say that her mother, Doria Ragland, was an exception to that assessment, however.

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Today in people talking about Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), a friend of Prince Charles' has apparently called the Duchess of Sussex's family "frightfully common." Ouch.

The friend in question, Nicky Halsam (an interior designer described as an "old friend" of Prince Charles and Camilla by Independent (opens in new tab)), said of Meghan's family, "They’re frightfully common. It would have been awful if that huge lump [referring to Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle] had been there."

Halsam could have just dropped the mic and walked away there, but he kept going, speculating on how the royal family is dealing with the Markle family's antics and clarifying that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is not common—although obviously the world already knew that.

"The royals probably don’t quite know how to deal with them," Halsam added. "One person who wasn’t common was her mother."

Halsam also took the opportunity to comment on Meghan's wedding dress, as if that's his place at all.

"I didn’t very much like her dress," he told the Daily Mail. "It didn’t fit, among other things. It should have been made of thinner stuff, it seemed to be made of concrete."

It's worth noting that Halsam was not actually at the royal wedding and formed these opinions while watching from home, like the rest of us, well, commoners.

For what it's worth, however, the royal family is reportedly frustrated with Thomas Markle's after his recent round of interviews (opens in new tab) and that Meghan hasn't spoken to her father (opens in new tab) since the day after her wedding to Prince Harry (opens in new tab).

"Thomas adores his daughter and swears he never wanted attention from the interviews," a source close to Thomas Markle told Us Weekly (opens in new tab). "All he’s ever cared about is protecting Meghan. He wants the royals to stand by his side, but of course so far they haven’t."

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.