His daughter Meghan has just given birth to her first child, a baby boy after going into labour in the early hours of this morning.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is by her side at Frogmore Cottage, but one relative who is very unlikely to meet the newborn is Thomas Markle Senior.
Relations between Meghan, 37, and her father, 74, became strained in the run-up to the
Thomas Markle first fell out of favour with the royal family when he staged a paid paparazzi shoot ahead of Meghan’s nuptials to Prince Harry.
Thomas Markle Senior, 74, pictured in LA this year, may never meet the royal baby after a string of public attacks on his daughter Meghan Markle, 37, resulted in strained relations between the duo
When news of his set-up photoshoot emerged, Thomas pulled out of the wedding due to poor health, leaving Meghan to walk up the aisle by herself.
The ceremony took place without Thomas in Windsor on May 19, and while Meghan was publicly supportive of her father at the time, communication between the duo reportedly became strained.
To add fuel to the fire, Thomas then gave a series of public interviews where he disclosed several pieces of private information.
In the months following the wedding Thomas appeared in an uncleared interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain, revealing Harry had said Donald Trump ‘ought to be given a chance’, and that he was ‘open to the experiment of Brexit’.
It was reported that Meghan Markle and her father no longer communicated with each other following the royal wedding in May 2019, which saw Thomas set up a staged paparazzi shoot before failing to attend the wedding
Continuing his less than delicate approach to the royal family’s private lives, he then discussed the prospect of Meghan becoming a mother, remarking ‘there’s got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon’.
Making things worse after he was reportedly met by radio silence from Meghan and the palace, he then followed up the clumsy interviews with further scathing remarks.
‘Meghan would be ‘nothing’ without him, he declared in a follow-up interview, before he added: ‘I made her the duchess she is today. Everything Meghan is, I made her.’
Thomas doted on Meghan and played an important role in her education, with the pair enjoying a close relationship as she grew up. Pictured: Meghan Markle as a child with her father
However things soon became strained and last summer Thomas Markle spoke to Good Morning Britain by satellite, where he said he feared he would never meet his grandchild
Revealing that he had been totally ostracised by the royal family, he then proclaimed: ‘Perhaps it would be easier for Meghan if I died.’
Disclosing further private information, Thomas then claimed that when Harry phoned him after his heart attack, the prince had been ‘so rude’ to him about the interviews, that he was ‘forced’ put the phone down on his son-in-law.
Meghan was said to be so upset by her estranged father’s repeated attacks in the media, that she wrote him a letter begging him to stop ‘victimizing’ her.
In January five ‘close unnamed friends’ of the Duchess told
Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, 62, won the hearts of the nation with her demure and discreet appearance at the royal wedding and is set to play an active role in her grandchild’s life. Pictured: Doria at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the day of her daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry
Doria’s discretion is miles away from her former husband’s series of interviews. The grandmother is set to play an important role in raising her grandchild. Pictured: Doria on the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sharing their first kiss outside of St George’s Chapel in front of the thousands of people who came to witness their union. Thomas Markle could not attend the wedding of his daughter for health reasons
The letter, which was written following his flurry of interviews on her last summer, was released in January and read: ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father.
‘Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship’.
The five female friends, reported to be in Meghan’s innermost circle, then claimed Thomas responded with a long letter of his own – in which he asked his daughter for a photo shoot.
‘I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he has done,’ they told the magazine.
The group of anonymous friends also voiced their concerns over his public rants about her, suggesting at the time that they could be taking its toll on Meghan and Harry’s unborn child.
‘We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,’ they said. ‘It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.’
Thomas Markle in June 2018, in Rosarito, Mexico. Meghan Markle’s father may never meet his grandchild due to a series of clumsy public interviews
Samantha Markle (pictured) criticised her half sister Meghan’s behaviour several times and accused her of playing the victim following the fall-out with Thomas
Months earlier Thomas spoke out to criticize his daughter for her ongoing refusal to speak with him, confessing that he was ‘really hurt that she’s cut me off completely’, while hitting out at his daughter over her ‘sense of superiority’.
However, Meghan’s friends insisted that Thomas knew exactly how to reach his daughter, but reportedly never tried to get in contact.
‘He knows how to get in touch with her,’ added one longtime friend, saying that Meghan’s phone number had stayed the same, despite Thomas insisting previously that her contact information had been changed.
‘He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super painful because Meg was always so dutiful. And at the same time, because she’s a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him,’ the unnamed friend added.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walking toward Westminster Abbey on 11 March on their penultimate public outing before the birth of Baby Sussex. In January a letter emerged in which Meghan pleaded with her father for him to stop attacking her publicly
According to reports Thomas Markle was not an attentive father to Samantha, 51, and Thomas Junior, 53, – who is also estranged from him by his own attempts to cash in on Meghan’s ascent to the Royal Family.
His relations with them are said to be cordial but distant. However, he is said to have doted on Meghan – whom he called his little ‘buckaroo’ – from the day she was born, devoting his time to her upbringing.
Her parents divorced when she was seven, sharing custody, but during her teens – when her mother often worked away – she lived mainly with her father.
Two years ago, she acknowledged her enormous affection for him with an internet Father’s Day message.
Accompanied by a picture of her father holding her as a baby, she wrote: ‘I’m still your buckaroo and to this day our hugs are still the best in the whole wide world.
‘Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films and club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me the Markle signature nose. I love you.’
Meghan’s half brother Thomas Junior begged for the family to be reunited after the birth and said he hoped they could get back onto better terms – however his previous tell-all interviews will surely not stand in his favour
But following his series of public outbursts, insiders claim he alienated himself from his daughter so completely, that the Duchess did not call him when she discovered she was pregnant.
A friend of Mr Markle told the Mail that, in his letter of congratulation concerning the pregnancy, he had told Meghan she would ‘make a great mother’ because – despite their recent ‘difficulties’ – he believed she remained ‘a very loving and compassionate woman’.
‘He thinks she will be naturally maternal,’ the source added. ‘He said he had been remembering when Doria found out she was pregnant with Meg, and how emotional he felt. He only hopes he can share some of the joy.’
The statement, delivered through a friend, was perhaps Thomas’ way of apologising – his first, tentative attempt at effecting a rapprochement, but fans have yet to see whether their rift can be repaired.
Pictured: Meghan as a child with cousin Tyler Dooley, Thomas Markle Sr, Thomas Dooley, and Samantha Markle
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