Thomas Markle is trying to win back Meghan’s trust by turning down lucrative TV interviews following Archie’s birth, royal biographer claims
- Thomas Markle, father of Duchess of Sussex, is refusing paid TV appearances
- Royal biographer Andrew Morton says Markle , 74, wants Meghan to forgive him
- Other experts agree that Thomas could build a bridge and ‘heal the family rift’
A royal biographer claims Meghan Markle’s father is staying away from the limelight in a bid to win back his daughter’s affection.
Speaking to Yahoo’s Royal Box, UK royal biographer Andrew Morton claimed that Meghan’s estranged father, 74, has been turning down well-paid TV offers, following the birth of his grandson Archie Harrison.
‘Tom Markle has been very quiet recently,’ Morton said.
‘He’s been approached by Italian, French and German and other TV stations to talk about his relationship with Meghan, or non-relationship, and he turned them down,’ he added.
Meghan and Prince Harry, pictured, welcomed their first child Archie Harrison on 6 May. Now a royal biographer claims her estranged father is trying to get back into her good books
Meghan’s estranged father Thomas (pictured during a satellite interview with Good Morning Britain) is said to be staying under the radar in order to mend his relationship with the Duchess of Sussex
Royal biographer Andrew Morton said Thomas Markle was refusing well-paid TV appearances in order to get back in Meghan’s good books
‘So what I’m saying is he’s trying to keep his nose clean… Thomas has been quiet and will remain quiet if he’s not prodded.’
Morton believes Thomas is avoiding public appearances in order to get back into his estranged daughter’s good book, following their fall-out in 2018.
Also appearing on the show was public relation expert Nick Ede, who suggested that Thomas would be the one to ‘heal the rift’ between Meghan and her father’s side of the family.
‘I think Thomas of all of them is going to be the one who actually wants to build this bridge and heal that rift,’ he said.
PR expert Nick Ede (pictured) said he felt Thomas could be the one building a bridge with Meghan to heal their family rift
From left to right: Nick Ede, historian Anna Whitelock and Andrew Morton discussed the relationship between Meghan Markle and her father Thomas
Referring to Meghan’s half sister, he said: ‘I think Samantha, on the other hand, is very much about headlines, financial gain, so I don’t think she’s going to go quiet, but I do think Thomas will definitely.’
Meanwhile, Royal historian Anna Whitelock said that much of the fall out and its consequences had in fact been hidden from the public.
‘We do not know what kind of conversations may or may not have taken place.
‘So I think absolutely there is this sense that her father has been a loose cannon in the media around the time of the marriage,’ she added.
‘In the last few weeks he has been noticeably absent from the airwaves. He did, I think an appropriate statement on the birth, so I think we have to give them the benefit of the doubt for now.’
Thomas doted on Meghan and played an important role in her education, with the pair enjoying a close relationship as she grew up. Pictured: Meghan Markle as a child with her father
Thomas Markle first fell out of favour with the royal family when he staged a paid paparazzi shoot ahead of Meghan’s nuptials to Prince Harry.
When news of his set-up photoshoot emerged, Thomas pulled out of the wedding due to poor health.
The ceremony took place without Thomas in Windsor on May 19, and while Meghan was publicly supportive of her father at the time, communication between the duo reportedly became strained.
To add fuel to the fire, Thomas then gave a series of public interviews where he disclosed several pieces of private information.
In the months following the wedding Thomas spoke to Piers Morgan on ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain, revealing Harry had said Donald Trump ‘ought to be given a chance’, and that he was ‘open to the experiment of Brexit’.
Continuing his less than delicate approach to the royal family’s private lives, he then discussed the prospect of Meghan becoming a mother, remarking ‘there’s got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon’.
After he was reportedly met by radio silence from Meghan and the palace, he then followed up the clumsy interviews with further scathing remarks.
However things soon became strained and last summer Thomas Markle spoke to Good Morning Britain by satellite, where he said he feared he would never meet his grandchild
‘Meghan would be ‘nothing’ without him, he declared in a follow-up interview, before he added: ‘I made her the duchess she is today. Everything Meghan is, I made her.’
Revealing that he had been totally ostracised by the royal family, he then proclaimed: ‘Perhaps it would be easier for Meghan if I died.’
Disclosing further private information, Thomas then claimed that when Harry phoned him after his heart attack, the prince had been ‘so rude’ to him about the interviews, that he was ‘forced’ put the phone down on his son-in-law.
Meghan was said to be so upset by her estranged father’s repeated attacks in the media, that she wrote him a letter begging him to stop ‘victimizing’ her.
In January five ‘close unnamed friends’ of the Duchess told People that Meghan penned a letter to her father, Thomas Markle, shortly after her wedding to Prince Harry.
The letter, which was written following his flurry of interviews on her last summer, was released in January and read: ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father.
‘Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship’.
The five friends, reported to be in Meghan’s innermost circle, then claimed Thomas responded with a long letter of his own – in which he asked his daughter for a photo shoot.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sharing their first kiss outside of St George’s Chapel in front of the thousands of people who came to witness their union. Thomas Markle could not attend the wedding of his daughter for health reasons
Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, 62, won the hearts of the nation with her demure and discreet appearance at the royal wedding and is set to play an active role in her grandchild’s life. Pictured: Doria at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the day of her daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry
‘I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he has done,’ they told the magazine.
The group of anonymous friends also voiced their concerns over his public rants about her, suggesting at the time that they could be taking its toll on Meghan and Harry’s unborn child.
‘We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,’ they said. ‘It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.’
Months earlier Thomas spoke out to criticize his daughter for her ongoing refusal to speak with him, confessing that he was ‘really hurt that she’s cut me off completely’, while hitting out at his daughter over her ‘sense of superiority’.
Pictured: Meghan as a child with cousin Tyler Dooley, Thomas Markle Sr, Thomas Dooley, and Samantha Markle
However, Meghan’s friends insisted that Thomas knew exactly how to reach his daughter, but reportedly never tried to get in contact.
‘He knows how to get in touch with her,’ added one longtime friend, saying that Meghan’s phone number had stayed the same, despite Thomas insisting previously that her contact information had been changed.
‘He’s never called, he’s never texted. It’s super painful because Meg was always so dutiful. And at the same time, because she’s a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him,’ the unnamed friend added.
According to reports Thomas Markle was not an attentive father to Samantha, 51, and Thomas Junior, 53, – who is also estranged from him by his own attempts to cash in on Meghan’s ascent to the Royal Family.
His relations with them are said to be cordial but distant. However, he is said to have doted on Meghan – whom he called his little ‘buckaroo’ – from the day she was born, devoting his time to her upbringing.
Her parents divorced when she was seven, sharing custody, but during her teens – when her mother often worked away – she lived mainly with her father.
Two years ago, she acknowledged her enormous affection for him with an internet Father’s Day message.
Accompanied by a picture of her father holding her as a baby, she wrote: ‘I’m still your buckaroo and to this day our hugs are still the best in the whole wide world.
‘Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films and club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me the Markle signature nose. I love you.’
But following his series of public outbursts, insiders claim he alienated himself from his daughter so completely, that the Duchess did not call him when she discovered she was pregnant.
A friend of Mr Markle told the Mail that, in his letter of congratulation concerning the pregnancy, he had told Meghan she would ‘make a great mother’ because – despite their recent ‘difficulties’ – he believed she remained ‘a very loving and compassionate woman’.
‘He thinks she will be naturally maternal,’ the source added. ‘He said he had been remembering when Doria found out she was pregnant with Meg, and how emotional he felt. He only hopes he can share some of the joy.’
The statement, delivered through a friend, was perhaps Thomas’ way of apologising – his first, tentative attempt at effecting a rapprochement, but fans have yet to see whether their rift can be repaired.
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