Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle is probably not earning a good reputation with his new in-laws, as he has not been afraid to talk about the events leading up to him not attending the recent royal wedding. He was caught up in a scandal that involved staging photos of himself to sell to the tabloids, and shortly after was unable to attend his daughter's famous wedding. He also became the subject of intense scrutiny -- both from the press and his new family. Since then, tensions have not died down. Thomas Markle is now in a one-sided feud with the family, in the hopes that he can stay connected to his daughter. It hasn't worked out. Now, he's even afraid he'll reach his deathbed before he finds any sort of peace with the situation. Here's what Markle said.
Thomas Markle's sorrowful feelings were expressed in his recent interview with The Daily Mail. In the confession, Markle admitted that he hasn't had any contact whatsoever with his daughter in more than ten weeks. He believes it's a punishment for the publicity stunt he pulled with the staged photos. While he once claimed that Meghan Markle and her new husband Prince Harry were forgiving of his mistake, it seems that may not have been the case. Now, Thomas Markle is left without communication with his daughter -- whom he affectionally calls his "beloved bean" -- and with the Duchess of Sussex celebrating her 37th birthday soon, Mr. Markle finds himself more gloomy than ever to be left out of the equation entirely. Here's how he expressed his feelings about being unable to talk to Meghan.
Thomas Markle isn't the only Markle speaking out against the Royal Family. Samantha Markle, Meghan Markle's half-sister, is also causing a rift between the Royal Family and the Markles by speaking out against her famous sister, believing she's responsible for her father's recent misfortune. She doesn't plan to stop badgering the Royal Family until they give Thomas Markle, her father, the time of day he wants to receive from his daughter. However, if he keeps speaking ill about the family, there's a good chance the divide will spread farther. Still,Thomas Markle claims there's nothing else he can do.
The continued beef between Thomas Markle and the Royal Family isn't expected to die out soon, and on a semi-related note, Mr. Markle is evidently worried about his health, as well. Considering his recent hospitalization, that's certainly understandable -- though it remains unclear if Meghan Markle and co. will forgive him anytime soon.
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