Meghan’s dad thinks she’s ‘terrified,’ ‘has a pained smile’ as a royal

Duchess Meghan’s father is worried. Thomas Markle expressed concern in a new interview over his daughter’s role as a member of the British royal family.

“My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile,” the 73-year-old told The Sun on Sunday, July 15. “I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now. This one isn’t even a stage smile — this is a pained smile.”

Thomas said he believes that Meghan’s busy work schedule with her husband, Prince Harry, might be too big of an adjustment for her. “It really worries me,” he admitted. “I think she’s under too much pressure. There’s a high price to pay to be married to that family.”

The retired TV lighting director, who lives in Mexico, also spoke out about the “ridiculous” dress code that the Suits alum, 36, as a royal. “Meghan seems like something out of an old movie,” he said. “Why in 2018 are we dressing like the 1930s? Why do they have to cover their knees?”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take their seat in the Royal box on Centre Court before watching Serbia's Novak Djokovic play against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the continuation of their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) take their seats in the Royal box on Centre Court before watching Serbia's Novak Djokovic play against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the continuation of their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2L) take their seats in the Royal box on Centre Court before watching Serbia's Novak Djokovic play against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the continuation of their men's singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Gill Brook attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
General view of the royal box on centre court including The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex (front row centre) on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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Thomas made headlines ahead of Meghan and Harry’s May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle in England. Days after being caught staging paparazzi photos of himself, he announced that he could no longer attend the royal nuptials because he had to undergo heart surgery.

Addressing his photo scandal, Thomas said on Sunday, “I’m not blaming Harry or anyone, but they are following rules that don’t make sense to me. They are no less human than anybody else. God knows I feel sorry for them for not being able to show emotion. The reason I am being shunned is because I made a profit on the staged pictures. Anyone who makes a profit off the royal family becomes shunned. But I could have made well over $100,000 by just doing a talk show. So if I moved to London and started selling cups with my daughter’s face on, would they shun me? The royal family is living by rules that are outdated.”

Thomas also said he was saddened to see Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, whom he divorced in 1988, alone at their daughter’s wedding. The yoga instructor, 61, was Meghan’s only relative at the ceremony.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Ireland's President, Michael Higgins, at Aras an Uachtarain during day two of their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arriving to meet Michael Higgins at Aras an Uactharain on the second day of the Royal couple's visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arriving to meet Michael Higgins at Aras an Uactharain on the second day of the Royal couple's visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex greets President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins, after she arrived at Aras an Uactharain on the second day of the Royal couple's visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Aras an Uactharain on the second day of the Royal couple's visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arriving to meet Michael Higgins at Aras an Uactharain on the second day of the Royal couple's visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during her visit with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Croke Park on the second day of the royal visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex watches traditional Gaelic sports being played at Croke Park on the second day of their visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin Airport during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin Airport during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk through the government buildings in Dublin at the start of their two day visit on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul FAITH / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin Airport during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk through the government buildings in Dublin at the start of their two day visit on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Paul FAITH / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dublin city airport on their official two day royal visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. It is the royal couple's first foreign trip together since they were married earlier this year. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House in Dublin at the start of their two day visit on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Brian Lawless / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRIAN LAWLESS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
DUBLINE, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLINE, IRELAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House in Dublin at the start of their two day visit on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Brian Lawless / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRIAN LAWLESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House in Dublin at the start of their two day visit on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Brian Lawless / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRIAN LAWLESS/AFP/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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“I wasn’t shocked because Harry and Meghan have friends who are high rollers. They are all stars,” he told the British newspaper. “But in a way it would have been nice if some of her old friends and wider family were there. I thought it was wrong to have Doria seated by herself. There was no reason why she couldn’t have been with the royals.”

Thomas’ recent interviews with Good Morning Britain and TMZ have created tension with the royals. “Meghan hasn’t spoken to Thomas since the day after her wedding,” a palace insider recently told Us Weekly exclusively, adding that the entire family is “frustrated.” A second source warned, “Thomas is walking a fine line. This blabbing needs to stop if he wants to maintain any relationship with Harry and Meghan.”

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during her visit with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Walter Cullen, aged 3 at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak to players who are involved in community outreach projects at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks to young players at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during her visit with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak to players who are involved in community outreach projects at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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