Meghan Markle’s frozen out father today revealed he texts her every day and begs her to get back in contact but she has never replied.
Thomas Markle appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and said he hopes the Queen will intervene to heal the bitter rift between him, his pregnant daughter and Prince Harry – the son-in-law he has never met.
Explaining why he believes Meghan has shut him out Mr Markle said: ‘She has always been a very controlling person and that is part of her nature – but she has never been rude. She has always been in charge’.
The 74-year-old, who last spoke to the Duchess of Sussex on the eve of her wedding in May, claims he sends her text messages ‘every day’ and has also sent letters to Kensington Palace.
He said: ‘I’ve been ghosted. I’m not sure why it’s happening. I love my daughter very much. I wish she would reach out, send me a text, anything. There has to be a place for me. I’m her father’.
And in a message of reconciliation for his estranged daughter, who is believed to be around five months pregnant, Mr Markle stared the camera and said: ‘I love you very much. I would like to hear from you. Whatever difficulties we’ve had I hope we can work through them. We’re family’.
Thomas Markle used an unpaid interview with GMB to again beg his daughter Meghan to stop ignoring his texts and letters
Meghan’s father hopes that the Queen might intervene to heal his fractured relationship with his daughter and son in law (pictured at the The Royal Variety Performance in November)
In an extraordinary and wide-ranging interview, the retired Hollywood lighting engineer told GMB:
- Thomas Markle describes his youngest child as ‘very controlling’ and ‘always in charge’
- Meghan has ‘ghosted’ her own father since she married Prince Harry in May
- Mr Markle texts every day and has sent letters to Kensington Palace but has heard ‘nothing’
- Reclusive 74-year-old hopes that the Queen will now intervene at Sandringham over Christmas to repair the fissure in the Markle family
- Mr Markle believes his daughter’s first child – due next April – could ‘soften’ rift
Meghan cut off contact after he failed to walk her down the aisle and has rebuffed all his attempts to make contact with her since then.
But Mr Markle hopes the birth of her child will break down that ‘barrier’, adding: ‘I think she will make a great mum and maybe things will soften a bit and we will get back in contact’.
He added: ‘I’m certainly hoping that everything goes well that they produce a beautiful baby. I hope I’ll get to see a little Meghan or a little Harry’.
Mr Markle has said that this will be his first Christmas without a card, call or visit from his beloved youngest child.
Meghan will spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham.
Thomas Markle said he hopes Her Majesty will help him and said: ‘I would be grateful for anything she can do.
‘I would think she would want to resolve any family problems. All families, royal or not, need to be together, especially in the holidays’.
Speaking from San Diego, Mr Markle said the rift ‘can’t continue forever’ and he would keep trying to connect with his daughter.
He went on: ‘I don’t plan to be silent for the rest of my life. I love my daughter very much and she has to know that, and I would really appreciate if she would call me, just reach out to me.
‘There has to be a place for me. I’m here, she knows it … I need her to reach back to me.’
Thomas Markle said he was not paid to appear on breakfast TV in the UK because he just wants Meghan to hear his message of reconciliation
Mr Markle told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that his daughter is ‘controlling’ – Piers Morgan says he believes Princess Diana would not have let the row get this far
Questioned by Piers Morgan, Mr Markle denied Meghan had a tendency to dump people if she had no use for them, saying: ‘That’s really not a character trait. She’s always been very polite to everyone, never been rude to anyone. I don’t know what’s really happening right now.’
Mr Markle said: ‘My daughter lived with me from the age of 11 all through middle school and high school until she went off to college. We’re very close.
Meghan, pictured a week ago at The Fashion Awards 2018, is pregnant with her first child but has cut off contact with her father
‘What’s happened, I’m not sure. I’d love to talk about it. I think it comes back to the fact that reporters pick up on interviews I’ve done and write their own stories and tell lies.’
He added: ‘If they are believing that, that’s unfortunate. They’ve always told me not to believe anything.’
Mr Markle has been cut off by his daughter and new son in law and said recently: ‘Murderers are not punished like I’ve been’.
Mr Markle appeared on GMB over the summer where the recluse claimed that Harry had said he was ‘open’ to Brexit and that people needed to ‘give Trump a chance’.
He also said that Meghan kept the fact that she was dating Harry secret at first, asking her father to refer to him by the codename ‘H’, and that Harry had already popped the question to his daughter by the time he asked for her hand in marriage by phone and when he did, Meghan was also on the line.
He said he gave his permission for the couple to wed as long as Harry promised never to ‘raise his hand’ against his daughter and was ‘grateful’ to Charles for stepping in when he was forced to pull out of giving his daughter away due to heart surgery, but admitted he felt jealous.
Kensington Palace declined to comment on the interview or the astonishing claims, but there is little doubt that the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have again been left humiliated by the continuing Markle family soap opera.
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan confirmed that Meghan’s father had pocketed ‘a few thousand pounds’ but insisted his ‘ultimate motive was not money’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand on the steps of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Thomas Markle did not walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding
Meghan and her mother, Doria, remain close and is expected to move to London to help care for her first grandchild
He claimed Mr Markle had turned down significantly higher offers from the US media but chose the British programme as he wanted the ‘proper chance’ to put across his ‘side of the story’.
Mr Markle’s decision to ‘sell out’ will be frustrating for palace officials who, after a dramatic run-up to the royal wedding, managed to pull off an extremely successful global event and had no doubt hoped to see the back of any further Markle family revelations.
The fact that Mr Markle chose not to discuss the interview beforehand with his daughter is likely to be seen by many as suggesting their relationship is fractured in the extreme.
Royal sources have maintained, however, they have done everything they can to help and guide Mr Markle, and say he is a proud man who finds it difficult to accept assistance from his daughter.