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As you’ve seen and read all over the internet, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle nuptials on Saturday were beautiful. I can’t say that anything or anyone was missing.

But I’m sure that for Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, would say that she missed her father. As previously reported, Thomas Markle flip-flopped on whether he would be able to attend her wedding in order to walk her down the aisle. He ended up not attending because of heart surgery. And the recuperating process just wouldn’t allow for him to be in the UK with his daughter.

When TMZ caught up with him, he expressed how much he regretted not being there, but he was able to catch it on TV from bed.

“The service was beautiful and it’s history. I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter’s hand,” he said.

Although Markle was not able to escort his daughter down the aisle, Prince Charles, Harry’s father, did the honors. Meghan walked the first half of the aisle alone, and then Prince Charles took her down the second half where she finally met her groom at the altar.

As Markle watched the ceremony, it made him think of how Meghan was as a little girl.

“My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much,” he said. “When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.”

Although we’ve been hearing a lot of drama about Markle leading up to the ceremony, his thoughts are still sweet. I can’t say the same for German ZDF announcers on broadcast TV, who, when they watched the wedding, their comments reflected what you would say when you’re at the zoo.

According to Deutche Welle, the comments included describing Meghan and black guests as “exotic” and “the choir sang beautifully black.”

Here is the list of questionable comments

  • Repeatedly describing Meghan Markle and black guests as “exotic.”
  • “Meghan always wanted a Barbie doll family. But there were only white and black Barbie families [rather than mixed-race Barbies].”
  • Question: “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Answer: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat de-curled, same as Meghan probably does all the time.”
  • “The choir sang beautifully black.”

Before you give them the benefit of the doubt because they are German, keep in mind that a German publication, Huffpost Germany, called them out on the comments saying, “The station never tires of emphasizing that Meghan Markle … is black. Black, black, black. Can we please talk about hats again?”

Even German citizens were confused by how confused the announcers seemed to be at the images of black people on their screens. One Twitter user wrote, “Dear @zdf, it is extremely annoying that Meghan’s lineage is THE subject for the reporters. If Meghan were white, what would they snigger about? Please treat them equally.”

In another tweet, one user proposed to start a drinking game that every time ZDF mentioned “African-American background,” they would take a drink.

The ZDF announcers have not yet apologized for their comments, but they did acknowledge the complaints they received with an unseasoned statement, saying that they “take the criticism of their viewers seriously.”

Let’s just focus on Thomas Markle’s sweet sentiments about what he watched on TV. Clearly, the ZDF announcers didn’t get the memo that no hateration or holleration would be allowed at the royal wedding dancerie.

Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford

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