The makings of the Markle debacle – how a simmering family feud came to a head at the royal wedding

In many ways, the extraordinary events of the past few days beggar belief. As Britain began in earnest to prepare for the royal wedding – an event destined to whip up a circus at the best of times – a family saga so far-fetched it would not seem out of place if written into a soap opera plot has been playing out.

But for many, the remarkable antics of the extended Markle clan will have come as no surprise.

Over the past few months, while Britain had its back turned on the American gossip columns carrying details of hate-filled open letters from disgruntled relatives, bitter asides on breakfast television and tawdry ‘kiss-and-tell’ publishing deals, a chaotic family feud has been brewing. By Monday…

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