Meghan Markle's dad slams the Queen for planning to meet Donald Trump before him
If you've been keeping up with Meghan Markle's life, you'll know that when it comes to her father, it's all a bit of a rollercoaster.
Speculation over whether Thomas Markle would attend the royal wedding was rife in the days before the big ceremony, with the retired television lighting director one minute claiming he was too embarrassed to come after his paid paparazzi picture scandal, the next stating he would be able to make it after all, then the one after that insisting he was too ill after undergoing heart surgery to make it to London.
Fans of Meghan Markle will know that Thomas, unfortunately, didn't make it to the nuptials in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in the end. But his absence hasn't kept him out of the press, with a tell-all interview on Good Morning Britain - in which he revealed that he was "jealous" of Prince Charles and claimed that Prince Harry wanted to "give Trump a chance" - turning public attention back to him again.
Unsurprisingly, Thomas is back in the news yet again today - and this time, it seems like he's not holding back, with TMZ reports claiming that the 73-year-old has slammed the Queen for reportedly agreeing to meet with President Donald Trump before she meets him.
Meghan's father - who allegedly believes he is getting the cold shoulder from the palace after his interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid - reportedly told the celebrity news site: "If the Queen is willing to meet our arrogant and insensitive president she has no excuse not to meet me. I’m nowhere near as bad."
He is referring, of course, to an announcement from the US ambassador to the UK, Robert Wood Johnson, which claimed that Trump's itinerary was not finalised, but would include a meeting with the monarch. The former reality TV star is due to land in the UK on 13 July, his first visit to the country since he was elected in 2016.
It is not a formal visit at the invitation of the UK’s head of state, so the pair would not necessarily have to meet. Nonetheless, when asked by Kay Burley if Mr Trump would see the Queen, Wood Johnson said: "Yes, yes, I mean he has to see the head of state. Putting his foot on British soil, it’s job one, it’s very important, very symbolic. Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing, because she’s the head of state, and from then on, it’ll be what the president wants to do."
The two are expected to meet at Windsor Castle, which is listed as closed to the public on 13 July. However, this is yet to be officially confirmed and Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on this so far.
Despite the perceived diss, it seems that Thomas is still keen to cross the pond and meet with his daughter's new family. He has claimed that he has plans to travel to London later in the year to reunite with 36-year-old Meghan and meet her husband and his family for the first time.
A bit of friendly advice, Thomas: if you want to meet the Windsors, perhaps keep yourself out of the news for a while.