Early Monday morning, Meghan Markle gave birth to her baby boy! She and Prince Harry are absolutely over the moon.
Nothing at all could ruin this happy occasion.Â
... Except perhaps for Meghan's horrible family blabbing to the media. Which is what her father, Thomas, has already done.
Speaking to The Mirror, Thomas Markle Sr. released a statement on the birth of his royal grandchild.
"Iâ€™m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well," Thomas announces.
Childbirth can carry steep risks, and while wealth mitigates many of those, there are few guarantees in life.
"I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family," Thomas gushes.
That is an unsurprising source of pride. Very few people -- and almost no Americans -- can say that.
Thomas' statement continues, and he expresses high expectations of the young boy's future.
"And," he says. "I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain."
That is the burden of the Royal Family, after all.
Thomas expects that his grandson will do so "with grace, dignity, and honor."
Considering the boy's parents, we would expect nothing less.
"God bless the child," Thomas says. "And I wish him health and happiness."
"And," he adds. "My congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry."
Congratulations that his currently strained relations mean that he cannot offer in person.
Thomas' statement concludes: "and God save the Queen."
Meghan and Harry welcomed their precious baby early Monday morning, following reports that the duchess had gone into labor.
Days may go by before we learn the baby's name, let alone see the royal offspring.
And royal though their son may be, he will not be a prince like his father.
Instead, he is expected to have the title of Earl by default.
However, the Queen may see fit to grant additional titles to her new great-grandson.
It is within her power to do so.
Last year, Thomas Markle was exposed as having been conspiring with paparazzi to have his photo taken.
This scandal was a huge breach in royal protocol, and created tension between himself and his newly married daughter.
After this, he began speaking out -- saying whatever he liked -- to the media, giving unsanctioned interviews.
Meghan didn't even personally inform him that she was pregnant.
Thomas found out with the rest of the world -- because he could not be trusted to not go blabbing to any news outlet that would listen.
If Thomas had really been interested in repairing his relationship with Meghan, he would have stopped talking to the press -- period.
Instead, he was happy to speak again and again.
The content of his public statements also worsened the father-daughter divide.
He accused the royal family of brainwashing his daughter, comparing them to the Church of Scientology.
Thomas also revealed the contents of private phone calls with Prince Harry.
This statement about the birth, at least, looks like a small step in the right direction.
But wouldn't it have been better if he had said nothing at all?
Presumably, Meghan would have preferred that.
Last year, Meghan's evil half-sister Samantha Grant expressed a desire that this royal pregnancy could mend their family rifts.
But Samantha has since continued to attack Meghan in a series of vicious interviews.
It sounds like she's not interested in meeting her royal nephew.
Well, that's no great loss for him.