- Thomas Markle says his daughter Meghan has “shunned” and “ghosted” him.
- He says he has been messaging her every day for months, but she has not replied.
- Mr Markle revealed in a television interview that he was confused by the Duchess of Sussex’ behaviour, explaining that it was not in her character to be rude.
- He has called on the Queen to help heal the rift.
Thomas Markle says he has been “shunned” by his daughter, the Duchess of Sussex, after repeated attempts to contact her have been ignored.
In his first television interview since the royal family announced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child, Mr Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he has been texting her “every day” but has not received any response.
Speaking from San Diego, he said: “I have been ghosted. I am very disappointed by it. I am not sure why it is happening. I [have] been reaching out. I have been trying to reach out for several weeks.
“Every day [I] send a text, I just haven’t got anything back. I just keep asking for her to respond back to me and I haven’t got any response back. I have sent letters.”
Mr Markle, 74, revealed the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland has cut ties with him too.
He has never met Prince Harry, and expressed concerns he would never meet his grandchild either.
The grandfather-to-be said he would appreciate anything the Queen could do to help: “I would think that she would want to resolve family problems. All families, royal or otherwise, are the same, and they should all be together certainly around the holidays.”
Mr Markle was invited to his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry, but was unable to attend due to health complications. However, he said he has not spoken to the Duchess since.
The estranged father has been caught up in various media storms – shortly before the wedding, it emerged he had staged photographs with the paparazzi, and he duly apologised.
But Mr Markle says all he wants is a response from the Duchess: “I love you very much, you’re my daughter and I’d really like to hear from you.”
You can see a clip from the interview below:
’We’re family. Please reach out to me.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 17, 2018
“Whatever differences or problems we have we should be able to work them out, we’re family,” he continued. “Please reach out to me.”
Mr Markle explained that he was confused by his daughter’s behaviour, revealing that it’s not in her character to cut people out of her life if she has no use for them.
“She’s always been very polite to everyone, never been rude to anyone,” he said. “I don’t know what’s really happening right now.
“She’s always been a very controlling person and that’s part of her nature but she’s never been rude. The ghosting I don’t completely understand – shes always been in charge, that’s her nature, but not been rude.”
Visibly upset, Mr Markle said: “There has to be a place for me, I’m her father. I will be the grandfather to the children.
“All I can say is that I’m here, she knows it, and I’ve reached out to her and I need her to reach back to me. I love her very much.”
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