"Ghosted" Thomas Markle reveals Meghan is ignoring his daily texts
Since her meteoric rise to fame as a member of the British Royal Family, Meghan Markle's relationship with her father Thomas has grown increasingly fraught. Prior to her wedding to Prince Harry in May, the 74-year-old hit the headlines when photographs of him seemingly preparing to attend the ceremony surfaced, rebuking the bad press he'd received until this point.
Then it emerged that the pictures (which featured him being measured for a suit) were staged by the paparazzi and that he had taken payment for them. The person behind the stunt was Meghan's older sister Samantha, 53, who claimed that she came up with the idea in a bid to improve Thomas' public image. After the scandal, there was much talk about whether or not he would walk his daughter down the aisle, and he eventually pulled out at the last minute when he suffered a heart attack.
To hear Thomas plead with the Queen to resolve his "family problems", check out the video below:
Thomas was subsequently replaced by Prince Charles at the wedding, and afterward, Thomas has continually spoken to the press about the rift between him and his daughter - an act which caused it to grow even bigger.
Now, the pair haven't spoken since the eve of Meghan's wedding in May, and the 74-year-old appeared on British TV show Good Morning Britain to explain that despite the fact he texts her every day, his "controlling" daughter never replies.
In fact, Thomas hasn't even met Prince Harry:
Speculating as to why his pregnant daughter has shut him out of her life, Thomas said, "She has always been a very controlling person and that is part of her nature - but she has never been rude. She has always been in charge."
In addition to texting every day, the 74-year-old, who has never met Prince Harry, said he has sent letters to Kensington Palace.
"I've been ghosted," Thomas continued. "I'm not sure why it's happening. I love my daughter very much. I wish she would reach out, send me a text, anything. There has to be a place for me. I'm her father."
Attempting to reach out to his estranged daughter, the 74-year-old delivered the following message on the show: "I love you very much. I would like to hear from you. Whatever difficulties we've had I hope we can work through them. We're family."
Even if Meghan does not reach out in the immediate future, Thomas is hoping that the birth of her first child will break down the "barrier" between them, saying, "I think she will make a great mom and maybe things will soften a bit and we will get back in contact."
"I'm certainly hoping that everything goes well that they produce a beautiful baby," he said of his 37-year-old daughter's pregnancy. "I hope I'll get to see a little Meghan or a little Harry."
The 74-year-old said this will be the first Christmas where has not received a card from his youngest daughter and he is hoping that the Queen intervenes so that the pair can have some form of a reconciliation during the holidays.
"I would be grateful for anything she can do," he said. "I would think she would want to resolve any family problems. All families, royal or not, need to be together, especially in the holidays."
Thomas said that the rift "can't continue forever" and that he has no plans to stop trying to get in touch with his daughter.
"I don't plan to be silent for the rest of my life. I love my daughter very much and she has to know that, and I would really appreciate if she would call me, just reach out to me," he said.
"There has to be a place for me. I'm here, she knows it... I need her to reach back to me."
In the interview, This Morning host Piers Morgan questioned whether or not there was any truth to the rumors that Meghan ditches people in her life when she no longer has a use for them.
"That's really not a character trait," he said. "She's always been very polite to everyone, never been rude to anyone. I don't know what's really happening right now."
"My daughter lived with me from the age of 11 all through middle school and high school until she went off to college. We're very close," the 74-year-old explained.
"What's happened, I'm not sure. I'd love to talk about it. I think it comes back to the fact that reporters pick up on interviews I've done and write their own stories and tell lies."
"If they are believing that, that's unfortunate," Thomas added. "They've always told me not to believe anything."
He also recently said, "Murderers are not punished like I've been."
While Thomas maintains that he has been ghosted by his daughter, Royal sources have claimed that the palace has done everything their power to assist him, but he has refused their attempts to integrate him into her new life.