Thomas Markle has said he would ‘love’ to speak to his estranged daughter Meghan as he begged her forgiveness in a new broadcast interview.
In a world exclusive interview with 60 Minutes which is set to air on Sunday, Thomas, who has met neither Harry nor grandson Archie, says he remains ‘confused’ over why their ‘great relationship’ broke down.
With the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet this week, Thomas said he hopes the family can be mended, explains: ‘I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter.’
Thomas Markle, 76, has said he would ‘love’ to speak to his estranged daughter Meghan, 39, as he begged her forgiveness in a new broadcast interview with 60 Minutes
In the interview, he tells reporter Tom Steinfort: ‘I’ve made mistakes. I apologised a hundred times for it.’
Meanwhile he also says he remained baffled as to why he is no longer in contact with his daughter, saying: ‘If I had done something terribly wrong, that would be fine, but I haven’t.’
Thomas Markle has had a strained relationship with his daughter ever since the royal wedding, with Meghan telling Oprah recently that her father had ‘betrayed’ her and she ‘found it hard to reconcile’ with him.
She said: ‘I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child’.
The retired Hollywood lighting director who lives 70 miles away from the Sussexes LA mansion, has not spoken to the Duchess of Sussex since she married Prince Harry three years ago
Fighting back in March, Thomas denied her claims before branding his son-in-law Harry ‘snotty’ and accusing him of failing to properly support her when she was suicidal.
‘It really did upset me, like I said, it would have been easy for her to reach out to me, any of the rest of her family, who she claims she doesn’t know,’ he told Good Morning Britain.
‘But the other thing is that I would think that she could turn to her husband.’
When noted she did speak to Harry, Thomas said Meghan’s husband had ‘obviously not supported her that well’.
In an interview set to air on Sunday, Meghan’s estranged father Thomas, who has met neither Harry nor grandson Archie, said he remains ‘confused’ over why their ‘great relationship’ broke down
Thomas said he’s apologised ‘100 times’ for doing a deal with a paparazzi photographer before the Royal Wedding in 2018 and urged the couple to see him with Archie now they only live ’70 miles away’ from his Mexico home. He said: ‘We all make mistakes – but I’ve never played naked pool or dressed like Hitler like Harry did’.
He has repeatedly slammed his daughter’s decision to refuse to see or speak to him, declaring in a recent interview with ITV in the UK: ‘The biggest problem here is she’s pretty much ghosted all of her family’.
He said that while he did let her down, she had ‘let me down too’ by cutting him off after heart surgery almost three years ago.
He said: ‘The bottom line is she didn’t lose me, she made a statement saying she lost me, she didn’t lose me, I would’ve always been there for her, I’m there for her now if she wants me’.
Estranged: The Duchess of Sussex’s complicated relationship with estranged father Thomas (pictured center with his daughter and ex-wife Doria Ragland) has been widely reported
He added: ‘I’d like to say again. I’m sorry for what I’ve done. This was two years ago. But I’ve tried to make it up to her. I’m now only 70 miles away. I’ve never stopped loving her. I don’t agree with all the things that my children they do. But I will always love them. And I certainly love Meghan’.
The latest comments come days after an anonymous relative of Meghan’s claimed that she ‘won’t ever talk to her family again’ because she acts like she is ‘in a different social class’ and therefore ‘above them and where she came from’.
The unnamed Markle insider spoke out about the Duchess during an interview with Fox News, hitting out at the mother-of-two for her treatment of her family, while also insisting that her relatives do not wish to pursue a reconciliation.
‘We’re clearly in different social classes and we won’t ever talk again,’ the person – who did not reveal their relation to the mother-of-two – said of Meghan’s relationship with her family.
‘You shouldn’t have to be someone you’re not, or a certain class to be accepted and loved,’ the person added.
It comes days after an unnamed relative of Meghan has claimed that she ‘won’t ever talk to her family again’ because she acts like ‘she is above them and where she came from’
While the Duchess’s relative offered congratulations to the couple on the arrival of their daughter, they admitted that they don’t believe a playdate between the little girl and her Markle cousins is ever going to happen despite their physical proximity, joking that a meeting with Oprah Winfrey would be just as likely to take place.
According to the Markle relative, the rift between Meghan and her family is entirely ‘her choice’, adding that the family has no plans to try and mend it because they don’t want to ‘chase after someone that doesn’t want to talk to’ them.
Although Meghan is known to be incredibly close to her mother, Doria Ragland – who is understood to be living with the Sussexes at their $14 million Montecito mansion where she is helping them to care for Archie and his newborn sister – the Duchess does not appear to have a tight bond with anyone else in her immediate family.
The Sussexes’ relationship with Prince Harry’s family is also understood to have become very strained in recent months, particularly in the wake of the very damaging allegations the couple made about the royals during the Oprah interview – which was followed up by further comments made by the Duke during a podcast interview with actor Dax Shepard and accusations he made during his mental health series on Apple TV+.
Tight-knit: The only relative that Meghan is known to have a close connection with is her mother Doria, who is believed to be living with the Sussexes at their $14m Montecito home
Further tension arose just yesterday after Prince Harry threatened legal action against UK broadcasting corporation the BBC, which reported that he and Meghan did not ask the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet.
Senior Buckingham Palace sources are said to have told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond on Wednesday that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.
However, Harry hit back within 90 minutes of the BBC’s report being published through a statement from his and Meghan’s close friend Omid Scobie that insisted the Queen was the first person the Duke called after the birth of his daughter.
Scobie, who wrote the bombshell Finding Freedom biography of the couple, also claimed the Sussexes would not have used the name Lilibet unless the Queen had supported the move.
Criticism: The unknown relative is not the first of Meghan’s family members to publicly criticize her. Thomas has openly slammed his daughter on a number of occasions
Harry, who together with wife Meghan announced they were expecting a girl during their interview with Oprah in March, took things a step further mere hours after his rebuttal of the report, threatening the BBC with legal action through law firm Schillings.
Notice of the legal action was followed by a carefully-worded statement that raised more questions than answers over whether the Queen did give permission or if the couple simply informed her of their intentions in a fait accompli.
The statement insisted that the BBC report was wholly wrong and read: ‘The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
‘During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’
Tension: Meanwhile Harry’s relationship with the royal family has become increasingly strained since the Sussexes stepped down as working members of the royal family
The episode is the latest display of the chasm between the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace, after officials appeared to be caught off guard by the timing of the baby news with a spokesman for the Palace congratulating the couple 90 minutes after the announcement broke on the Archewell website at 1pm on Sunday.
Harry and his brother Prince William are due to unveil a statue of their mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed, amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their Oprah interview in March when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born.
They also said the institution failed to help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes lauded the Queen.
Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said: ‘The Queen… has always been wonderful to me.’