Katie, you can’t erase fam­ily… just ask Meghan

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

WE MAY not know much about box­ing cham­pion Katie Taylor’s train­ing sched­ule but it sure doesn’t seem to al­low much scope for fol­low­ing pop­u­lar cul­ture. If it did, then our fore­most fe­male sport­ing icon might have learned how best to han­dle fam­ily es­trange­ment from an­other fa­mous woman – Meghan Markle.

Never has a bride had the prepa­ra­tions for their wed­ding de­stroyed by toxic fam­ily re­la­tions more than Meghan. The pub­lic na­ture of the in­sults hurled in Meghan’s di­rec­tion must have been par­tic­u­larly hu­mil­i­at­ing and dif­fi­cult to ig­nore.

It is des­per­ately sad when fam­i­lies fall out, par­tic­u­larly when re­la­tions frac­ture ir­re­versibly be­tween par­ents and their off­spring, as has hap­pened be­tween Katie and her dad Pete, pic­tured.

But even per­ma­nent es­trange­ment doesn’t nul­lify their con­nec­tion and, try as Katie might to deny her fa­ther, they will al­ways be locked in a le­gal and so­cial re­la­tion­ship. In that sense, it would not only have been point­less for the me­dia to ig­nore her con­nec­tion to the gun at­tack in Bray – it would have been a form of ‘fake news’, with par­tial in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated to the pub­lic to suit a pow­er­ful third party, namely Katie.

Much as Katie might de­test any pub­lic as­so­ci­a­tion with her fa­ther who, de­tec­tives be­lieve, was an in­no­cent tar­get of crim­i­nals in the drugs trade, surely she’d be even less in­clined to have her name tar­nished by a link with cen­sor­ship or cover-ups.

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