Speaking in Channel 5 documentary ‘Thomas Markle: My Story,’ which airs on Wednesday night, the 75-year-old says he believes the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, are ‘not thrilled’ with him.
‘The last time they might see me is being lowered into the ground,’ he explains during the interview. ‘I don’t think at this point they’re thrilled to see me or want to talk to me.’
Thomas’ comments come after the Queen’s top aides finalised a deal for the couple, who are stepping back as ‘senior’ royals in a bid to seek financial independence.
Thomas Markle, 75, has opened up about the breakdown of his relationship with daughter Meghan, 38, saying he fears she and Prince Harry won’t see him until he is ‘lowered into the ground.’ Pictured, speaking on Channel 5 TV documentary ‘Thomas Markle: My Story’
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019
Sitting on a wicker chair at his home in Mexico, Thomas, a retired Hollywood lighting director, is filmed talking thoughtfully about his relationship with Meghan and Prince Harry.
He discusses the moment the former Suits actress called to tell him about her new boyfriend, after she met Prince Harry in 2016, but reveals he ‘didn’t know what it meant’ that she was dating a member of the royal family.
He explains: ‘She calls me on the phone and she said, ‘I’ve got a new boyfriend.’ I said, ‘Great’ and she says, ‘He’s British’.
‘I said ‘OK’ and she said, ‘He’s a prince.’ I said ‘Alright,’ and she said, ‘He’s Prince Harry’. I said, ‘Oh, OK’.
A smiling Meghan Markle took Archie (left) and her two dogs for a walk in Vancouver hours before Harry landed in Canada (right)
Archie was dressed in a white onesie and bootees. Harry recently revealed his son, recently saw snow for the first time
The Duchess of Sussex held her eight-month-old son on her chest in a baby carrier
Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance for the morning outing
‘I didn’t know what it meant. She could have been dating a Hollywood star and it would have been just as important to me, because you know either way they are both ‘high numbers’.’
He continues: ‘She said, ‘Do you want to talk to him?’ and handed him the phone. He said ‘hello’ in a very British way and we talked a bit and that was nice.’
Later, he claims he was told not to apologise to the royal family after he suffered a heart attack which meant he missed the royal wedding.
‘I apologise to you,’ he says. ‘I want to apologise to the Queen and to the royal family. I want to do that and I was told by them, ‘don’t’.
‘And I was scheduled to go to the airport and go fly to England because they still wanted me to come to the wedding and be at the wedding.
Thomas (pictured during the documentary) also reveals he heard about his daughter’s pregnancy on the radio while he was driving in his car
Meghan’s father says he suspects the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will never speak to him again. Pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan visiting Canada House in London on 7 January 2020
‘And at that time I got a massive heart attack and was then taken to the Sharp hospital, across the border.’
‘It was in the evening, I’m not sure about the time, maybe about 9 or 10. They took me in and said, ‘we’ll stabilise you, we’ll take care of you.’
He adds: ‘It was bad. The doctors said that would kill me. They put a stent in here, and another one here.’
‘I had the procedure, and I asked the doctor, ‘can I fly tomorrow?’ He laughed at me and said, ‘there’s no way you can fly anywhere.”
‘So I spoke to Meghan and Harry. I think I rang them at this point, because I’d already told them I would be coming now. I called them and said, ‘I can’t come.”
‘I’m sure Meghan cried and was very upset, and I’m sure Harry seemed upset.’
Mr Markle, who claims he has not spoken to the Duchess since before the wedding, which he missed because of heart surgery, says he believes their relationship is now beyond repair
Meghan smiled while strolling through Horth Hill Regional Park holding her two dogs, black lab Oz and beagle Guy on leashes
Harry landed at Victoria Airport around 9.45pm local time. Officials at the airport closed the third-floor public viewing area shortly before he landed
Prince Harry was whisked off a BA flight at Vancouver Int on Monday night. The transatlantic flight — which arrived six minutes late — was Harry’s goodbye to the royal life that he has lived since his birth
The former Duchess of Sussex couldn’t look more relaxed or happy as she carried baby Archie in a sling while holding her two dogs Guy and Oz
He also discusses hearing that his daughter was pregnant through the radio in his car, rather than over the phone like he had always dreamed of.
‘I was sitting in my car waiting to cross the border and I heard the good news from the royals is that Meghan is pregnant,’ Thomas explains.
‘Which is almost a joke when you tell people, well you heard it on the radio.’
‘This is my daughter, talking about my grandchild. She’s going to have a grandchild that’s mine.
‘I’m not hearing about it on the phone, I’m hearing about it on the radio.’
The 90-minute documentary explores the background to what he calls his ‘complicated’ relationship with his daughter and their dramatic fallout in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
In addition, it charts Meghan’s formative years – she lived with Thomas between the ages of 11 and 18.
It comes as a grinning Duke of Sussex touched down in Vancouver on Monday night, and yesterday it emerged he has already organised events across America for his charity Sentebale, which supports children affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
The Duke of Cambridge today makes a speech during the meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces at St James’s Palace
Harry, who used a Sentebale dinner in London this week to claim he and Meghan ‘no choice’ but to quit as senior royals, has pledged to help the world beat AIDS as a legacy to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, while his close friend Sir Elton John’s foundation has raised £240million [$300 Million] to fight the virus and help its victims.
Sentebale chairman Johnny Hornby told the Evening Standard yesterday: ‘The duke is a global figure and HIV is a challenge for the world to try to help solve.
‘We know the duke has the ability to challenge the stigma that surrounds HIV and shine a light on these issues, whichever side of the pond he finds himself on.’
On Monday the Duke of Sussex rushed through a series of meetings at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich and is not believed to have seen William before catching a 5.30pm flight out of Heathrow to Vancouver.
But he did reportedly hold a meeting with his Kensington Palace team about managing his and Meghan’s affairs because they will now be in Canada for the foreseeable future.
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as met children from Henley Montessori School and St Paul’s Nursery in Balsall Heath
A smiling Meghan Markle took Archie and her two dogs for a walk in Vancouver hours before Harry landed in Canada.
Meanwhile, William hosted a summit of the United for Wildlife [UfW] taskforces at St James’s Palace, having held his first solo reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday while Harry was already crossing the Atlantic.
UfW was set up by the Royal Foundation – a joint foundation that was founded by William, Kate and Harry six years ago before he married Meghan – but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex then broke away from the foundation last June as rumours of a rift between the couples grew.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge launched a survey of early childhood she hopes will trigger ‘lasting change for generations to come’.
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared without a care in the world as she spent time at the MiniBrum, an interactive, child-sized mini-city at Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum
Kate is spending 24 hours touring the country to publicise the initiative and said today: ‘As a parent, I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children.
‘I want to hear the key issues affecting out families and communities so I can focus my work on where it is needed most. My ambition is to provide lasting change for generations to come.’
The mother-of-three kicked off her solo whistle-stop tour in Birmingham yesterday and will take in London, Cardiff and Surrey today to raise awareness of the poll, ‘Five Big Questions on the Under Fives’, thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK.
Speaking at MiniBrum, an interactive, child-sized mini-city at Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum, the duchess said: ‘I’m here today to launch a survey to hear society’s views about raising the next generation.
‘Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years so that is why I really want to listen to them.
‘The Early Years are more crucial for future health and happiness than any other moment in our lifetime.’
Wearing a bright green patterned shirt and wide-legged trousers, Kate was given a tour of the ‘town’ by eight-year-old ‘mini mayor’, Poppy Jordan.
Children from Henley Montessori School and St Paul’s Nursery in Balsall Heath, showed the royal visitor their workshop, before popping into the laundrette, a shop, a cafe and a mini-museum.
‘Thomas Markle: My Story’ airs on Wednesday night at 9pm
Prince Charles may use multi-million-pound legacy from King George VI to fund Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Charles may turn to his multi-million pound inheritances from King George VI and the Queen Mother to bankroll Harry and Meghan’s Canadian adventure – but experts in royal finances fear taxpayers could still end up picking up the bill.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are worth up to £34million between them but have to pay back the £2.4million of public funds spent refurbishing Frogmore Cottage and are expected to buy or rent a gated mansion in Canada.
Charles has historically paid his son around £2.3million-a-year from his £1.2billion Duchy of Cornwall estate – which is considered a public asset because it has been gifted to the heir to the throne by every British monarch since 1337.
Charles is understood to have inherited millions from his grandfather King George VI, who died in 1952, and a significant sum from the Queen Mother, who died in 2002.
David McClure, the author of Royal Legacy, told The Times: ‘Charles is facing a significant outlay over a short period of time and may have to use private sources of income’, adding: ‘The Duchy of Cornwall is a cash cow for Charles so he is likely to have been able to use some of that money to build up a private portfolio of shares. Historically there has been a blurring of what is official spending and what is private.’
Former Lib Dem MP Norman Baker is an expert on Charles finances after writing his book And What Do You Do? What the Royal Family Don’t Want You to Know’ and claims Charles has banked £100million.
He said: ‘He [Charles] does not pay for anything if he is able to find someone else to foot the bill. He is the tightest of the royals’, and said: ‘He’ll support them [Harry and Meghan] through the Duchy of Cornwall. What he will then do, based on previous experience, is claim that as a legitimate expense and he will use that to reduce his tax liability and therefore the public purse will continue to support Harry indirectly.’