There are times — like, once in a blue moon — when one can’t help but feel a little bad for Duchess Meghan‘s father, Thomas Markle. He’s desperate to have any kind of direct communication with his daughter, understandably so, and wants to repair the rift that has grown between them over the last several months.
But just when one feels pangs of sympathy, Thomas gives another interview. And shares more personal childhood photos. And what starts off as emotional pleas to Meghan quickly becomes slams against her husband, Prince Harry, and Markle’s right back where we started.
Thomas has had no contact with Meghan since he bailed on her wedding, but that doesn’t mean he no longer cares about his daughter. Markle doesn’t like what the press has been saying about Meghan; a narrative which has only escalated since rumours of a feud between Meghan and Kate — supposedly due to an ill-fitting bridesmaid dress — came to light.
“If there is any animosity between Meghan and Kate they should put their differences aside,” Markle said in his latest interview with The Sun. “I’m very upset by the criticism Meghan is getting. I don’t think she deserves it and I don’t think she is doing one third of the things she is being accused of doing. I’m not buying that she made Kate cry.”
Thomas went on to say that, while he doesn’t “believe that Meghan is trying to hurt [Kate] in any shape or form,” he admits he hasn’t been in contact with his daughter for months. He “cannot call Meghan and say, ‘What is going on? How can I help you?’ I need to know what the hell is happening and why it is happening. I need to know why she is being bashed every day.”
That’s when Thomas brings it back to the issue at hand: a father and daughter’s fractured relationship, which he blames on the royals and Harry and Meghan and her new life.
“This whole thing should have been one of the proudest moments of my life,” he said, referring to the Sussexes’ marriage and impending baby. “Now it’s like a dream that has turned into a nightmare. The royals and Meghan can help end this nightmare by simply giving me a call. To this day, I cannot think of anything I’ve done to deserve how I’m being treated now.”
He continued: “I’ve been a good father, I’ve done nothing wrong. Axe murderers kill 19 people and their daughters still come and visit them in prison. It’s just incomprehensible for Meghan to treat me this way.”
Thomas then referred to Harry, who advised Markle not to speak to the media prior to the wedding, before he was caught working with a paparazzo. Harry basically said, “I told you so,” which Thomas did not like.
“I’ll keep talking and I’ll probably get louder,” he told The Sun. “Meghan and Harry’s silence empowers all the crazy tweets and insults against me and my family.”
Thomas’ message to Harry was clear: “Man up and get over it. If I’m the first person who’s insulted you or hurt your feelings, you’ve got a long way to go. He’s human just like the rest of us. I feel that he feels he is above everyone else and that he has a right to talk down to people. And I cannot accept that. It feels like arrogance.”
Hmm, probably not the way to go about squashing any sort of feud and endearing his son-in-law to him.
Thomas said he will continue to defend himself, even if Meghan eventually contacts him. “I’ve been quiet long enough. If they ever want to speak to me, maybe I’ll quieten down a little bit. But in the meantime I’m not going to become a monk in a monastery and take a vow of silence.”
“The bottom line is that I’ve done nothing to deserve this kind of treatment. I cannot cut my tongue out and never speak again. I can’t shut up because they have opened the door for a million people to criticise me and my family.”
Ugh. And any teeny feelings of compassion just flew right out the window. Not to constantly compare him to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, but if Thomas could just keep his mouth shut, behave in a civilized manner, and not share his every thought and feeling with the press, his and Meg’s relationship might stand a chance. But Thomas refuses to back down — even if they find a way back into each other’s lives. And that’s a big “if.”