Meghan Markle’s father Thomas shares new heartfelt plea over grandkids Prince Archie and Lilibet

The Duchess of Sussex's estranged father has reached out once more with a new heartfelt appeal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looking serious at Invictus Games
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Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle has issued a fresh heartfelt plea begging her to let him see his grandchildren Prince Archie and Lilibet.

The Duchess of Sussex and her father's relationship has been strained ever since he reportedly spoke to members of the press, who were outside his home in the United States, in the months leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

At the time he denied talking to the press, telling Meghan, he had "absolutely not".

And despite breaking his silence after the birth of Lilibet in 2021, Thomas has issued a fresh plea to his daughter in a new interview, begging to see his grandchildren Prince Archie, five, and Princess Lilibet, two.

It comes after news that Buckingham Palace set to make new documentary celebrating the King and there’s reportedly a ‘strict ban’ on family members mentioning Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain to Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, he said, "I'm heartbroken. I am very upset. This is a cruel thing to do to a grandparent - to deny the right to see a grandchild.

"In California, I can actually sue to see them but I don't want to do that.

He continued, "The other thing is I've done nothing wrong. There's nothing that points to say I'm a bad guy.

"I'm a really loving father and she knows that, and there's no excuse for treating me this way - no excuse to treat grandparents that way."

Thomas was admitted to hospital last May when he suffered a stroke and lost the ability to speak. Following months of speech therapy he has regained his speech.

He admitted he hasn't seen his daughter Meghan and her husband Prince Harry in five years.

"The last time I spoke with them I was in a hospital bed before the wedding," he said.

"I am always here for her, I still love her - I'll love her forever.

"That will never change but I want her to reach out to me and let me see my grandkids and let me have a little peace.

"People go to prison for five years and they're forgiven - I didn't do anything. So forgive me I guess," he begged.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding

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In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry claimed that he witnessed Meghan "mourning the loss of her father". 

It reads, “I knew my way around grief and there was no mistaking it. This was pure grief. She was mourning the loss of her father.”

During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan explained why her father-in-law, then Prince Charles, walked her down the aisle at her wedding. “I’ve lost my dad in this, so him as my father in law was very important to me."

In other royal news, Queen Elizabeth was reportedly left ‘confused’ after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walked out on her birthday plans for great-granddaughter Princess Lilibet and Prince Harry has ‘reconnected with himself’ and ‘has a sense of peace’ since moving his family to the US.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)