After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world by announcing they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family and essentially quitting The Firm, her estranged father Thomas Markle reacted to the news.
In a statement to Us Weekly, Markle – who is a former Hollywood lighting director – kept his reaction brief and responded, “I’ll just simply say I’m disappointed.”
Thomas Markle is speaking out 👀 https://t.co/EMLPG2NFRA
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 9, 2020
As fans know, Thomas and Megan have been estranged since her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. Just days before the ceremony, Thomas staged photos of himself for the paparazzi. Then, he skipped out on walking Meghan down the aisle and claimed he was having health problems.
After Harry and Meghan tied the knot, Thomas went on his own personal press tour and claimed that his daughter had cut off communication with him. He also bashed Prince Harry and the royal family.
Eventually, Thomas changed his tune and claimed he didn’t want to say anything negative about his daughter and son-in-law. But then, he made headlines when he shared a handwritten letter from Meghan with the public.
Thomas has never met Harry in person, but he has talked to him on the phone. He’s also never met Meghan and Harry’s eight-month-old son, Archie Harrison. And, she never told him that she was pregnant.
“Of course I’m disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out,” Thomas said after Archie’s birth. “There was never any problem between Meghan and me until recently. I’ve stayed quiet because Meghan was pregnant with Archie but I’m speaking out now because they and their PR people are continuing to ghost me out of her life.”
I wonder if prince Charles will call Megan Markles Dad, so they can both commiserate about the fact they can no longer see their grandson. https://t.co/fxqZwDOMww
— Syrian Girl 🇸🇾🇮🇷 (@Partisangirl) January 9, 2020
A close friend of Meghan’s claimed in early 2019 that Meghan has attempted to contact her father on numerous occasions through phone calls and text messages, but he has never responded. The friend added that Meghan absolutely loves her father, but feels betrayed by him due to his behavior in the media.
On Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told the world that they would be stepping back as senior members of the British royal family so they could become financially independent and focus on their own charity work. The couple said that in the future they will be splitting their time between the UK and North America.
However, the couple didn’t notify the royal family in advance about their plans to release the statement, and Buckingham Palace responded by saying that the discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in an early stage, and it will take time to work through complicated issues.