Thomas Markle claims Prince Harry and Meghan still won't talk to him and says he's 'apologised 100 times'
THOMAS Markle today said he has apologised "100 times" to Prince Harry and his daughter – but claims they still won't talk to him.
Meghan Markle’s estranged father hit back after she accused him of betraying her in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Speaking to Good Morning Britain, he said he hasn't spoken to his daughter for four years – and that he hung up on "snotty" Prince Harry.
Thomas revealed he has said sorry to the couple "100 times" but claims they have "ghosted him" and won't accept his apology.
He told GMB: "I'm very disappointed about it, I've apologised about this thing, at least 100 times.
"The bottom line is I've never heard back from Meghan and Harry in any way shape or form. I would love to hear from them."
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He added: "I’ve been pushed around and knocked down for one thing I did, one big mistake I made and I’ve apologised many times.
"I love my daughter very much. But she's pretty much ghosted all of her family on her mother’s side and my side.
"She has no one to reach out to. It would have been easy for her to reach out to me."
Thomas went on to speak of his regret at staging paparazzi photographs ahead of his daughter's wedding.
He added: "I wish I hadn't done the whole thing.
"But here's the other side of the coin. No one took any time to protect any member of our family.
"And in spite of all that, I still apologised, I'm apologising today again… I also said we all make mistakes… but I've never played naked pool and I've never dressed up like Hitler."
In her candid interview with Oprah, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her relationship with her dad and said she was left feeling crushed when he lied to her.
More of the jaw-dropping interview was released yesterday, which saw Meghan say she tried to “protect” her parents from the “media frenzy” sparked due to an “obsession about anything in my world”.
It was the first time Meghan has publicly discussed her dad, who she has not spoken to since before her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
Thomas, an ex-Hollywood lighting director, has spoken about her daughter’s relationship publicly and described their decision to walk away from the royals as embarrassing.
Their relationship soured in the run-up to their 2018 Windsor Castle wedding, when he admitted agreeing to stage pictures of himself.
I love my daughter very much. But she's pretty much ghosted all of her family on her mother’s side and my side."
Meghan was asked if it felt like a “betrayal” when she found out her dad was working with the Press, and replied: “I’m trying to decide if I'm comfortable even talking about that.
“It was… if we were going to use the word betrayal.”
Meghan added: “Because when I asked him, when we were told by the comms team, this is a story that was going to be coming out, which, by the way, the tabloids had apparently known for a month or so and decided to hold until the Sunday before our wedding because they wanted to create drama, which is also a really key point in all this.
“We called my dad and I asked him and he said, no, absolutely not.
“I said, you know, the institution has never intervened for anything for us, but they can try to go in and kill this story.
“But if they do this once, we're not going to be able to use that same leverage to protect our own kids one day.”
It comes as…
- Prince Harry hit the 'nuclear button' on his family in the interview, insiders claimed
- Meghan Markle is reported to have slammed the door in Kate Middleton's face when the duchess tried to apologise over an incident over flower girl dresses
- ITV Hub crashed as the interview was broadcast on the UK screens
- Oprah revealed Prince Harry insisted the Queen and Prince Philip were not the Royals who expressed concerns about Archie's skin colour
- A new photograph of the couple with Archie was released
- Thomas Markle will be interviewed on GMB
- Harry and Meghan held a private 'exchange of vows' before their wedding
- The full transcript of the interview can be read here
Oprah then said: “He said no, absolutely not. He hadn't been talking to them. So he basically lied to you.”
Meghan added: “Well, and so when I said we won't be able to protect our own kids one day and I said, so I just need you to tell me.
“And if you tell me the truth, we can help. And he wasn't able to do that. And that for me has really resonated, especially now as a mother.”
She added: “And also me saying just full stop, if we use this to protect you, (we) won't be able to protect our own children one day.
“Well, I'm talking about your grandchildren.
“I look at Archie. I think about this child and I genuinely can't imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child.
TOM HITS BACK
“I can't imagine it. So it's hard for me to reconcile that.”
She said that “everyone has accountability” and mentioned her mother not responding to interview requests when asked.
Meghan added: “Everyone has accountability. Look, they hunted my mom down. You’ve never heard her say a word.
“She’s remained in silent dignity for four years watching me go through this.”
It comes after the first part of the bombshell chat saw Meghan accuse an unnamed royal of racism – plunging the monarchy into crisis.
Appearing vulnerable at times, Meghan revealed that she contemplated taking her own life while pregnant.
She also claimed her son Archie wasn't made a prince after "concerns and conversations" about "how dark" his skin would be when he was born.
Some of their claims left the talk-show host visibly stunned and she was heard gasping throughout the interview.
Thomas has never met his son-in-law Harry or his 22-month-old grandson.
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