Thomas Markle: Duchess Meghan ‘ghosted’ me

All Thomas Markle wants for the holidays is for daughter Duchess Meghan to get back in touch. The 74-year-old, who missed the royal wedding and hasn’t even met Prince Harry, now says Meghan, 37, “ghosted” him.

Markle discussed his estrangement from the duchess in a Good Morning Britain interview on Monday, December 17. “I’m very disappointed by it,” he said. “I’m not sure why it’s happening, and I’m waiting. I’m reaching out. I’ve been trying to reach out to her for several weeks. Every day I try to text her. I just haven’t received any comment back … I just keep asking her to respond back to me, and I haven’t got any response back. I’ve sent a letter, as well.”

He also revealed his take on Meghan’s personality: “She has always been a very controlling person and that’s part of her nature. But she has never been rude … She has always been in charge.”

The retired cinematographer rejected the notion that Meghan’s royal life is incompatible with a relationship with him. “There has to be a place for me,” he argued. “I’m her father, and I will be the grandfather to her children. All I can say is that I’m here. She knows it. And I’ve reached out to her, and I need her to reach out to me. I love her very much.”

As for those staged paparazzi pictures, Markle told the GMB hosts he has “apologized a hundred times,” adding, “I don’t feel that that’s worthy of being shunned or ghosted. That’s ridiculous.” (Just before Meghan and Harry’s wedding, the Daily Mail published footage of Markle collaborating with a photographer on photos of him reading news about the royal couple. Markle later told TMZ he looked “stupid and hammy” in the photos.)

He also explained he knows people think he should just keep his relationship with his daughter private but said staying quiet about the family drama hasn’t gotten him anywhere.

“I don’t plan to be silent for the rest of my life,” Markle declared. “I love my daughter very much, and she has to know that. I would really appreciate if she would just call me, reach out somehow to me, send me a text, just say you’re there and you’re hearing me.”

Looking forward to the future, the Pennsylvania native is excited about his daughter’s pregnancy and hopes he’ll “get to see a little Meghan or little Harry” one day. “That would be very nice and I look forward to that happening,” he mused. “I’m hopeful. I think it should happen. I think she’ll make a great mom and maybe things will soften a little bit and we’ll connect again.”

And Markle had a message for Meghan, in case she and Harry happened to be watching: “I love you very much. You’re my daughter, and I’d really like to hear from you. Whatever differences or problems we’ve had, we should be able to work them out. We’re family. So please reach out to me.”

Last week, a source told Us Weekly Meghan “completely cut” off Markle for all of his “betrayal.” Another insider explained: “The best thing he could have done since the day it fell apart would be to go away and stay silent, and he’s done everything but. There is no relationship change. Any other interviews are just an eye roll.”

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

(Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) 

Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

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