Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Meghan Markle’s messy father Thomas Markle Sr. gave yet another interview to the press: a TV interview to Good Morning Britain, just days after an exclusive with the Daily Mail. Right on time, Vanity Fair published an in-depth report on Wednesday about the Markle family, in which reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis looked into what exactly led to the breakdown of the Duchess of Sussex’s paternal side of her family.

The report is simultaneously heartbreaking, frustrating, and fascinating, and definitely worth a read, but one of the many things it revealed is further insight into just how the palace has responded to the Markle family drama. Namely, Queen Elizabeth and her staff reportedly wanted to intervene when Thomas began airing his dirty laundry publicly — but Meghan stopped them.

The drama with the Markles seemed to begin when Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, began speaking out against her in the press. But then, according to Vanity Fair, the paparazzi…