Once again, Thomas Markle is inserting himself into royal family business. In his second sit-down with The Sun, Meghan Markle’s estranged dad claims things aren’t as perfect for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex as they seem. In fact, Thomas claims that he can tell Meghan is racked with anxiety and fear.
“My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified,” he told The Sun. “I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. 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.”
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Thomas essentially describes the royal family as a cult with antique practices, lamenting, “Why in 2018 are we dressing like the 1930s? Why do they have to cover their knees?” He added that he feels as though Meghan is under “too much pressure” and that there is “a high price to pay to be married to that family.”
Of course, most people are taking everything Thomas says with a grain of salt these days. Between staging his own paparazzi photos just ahead of the royal wedding to unauthorized (and critical) interviews, Meghan’s dad hasn’t done much to curry favor with fans of the royal family.
Thomas also admits that he has had no recent contact with his daughter. This could make it easy to construe his repeated contact with the press as more of a cry for attention than a legitimate concern.
“Since the [first] interview, the phone number that I call doesn’t work anymore. The, I guess, liaison with the royal family never answers back, and there’s no address I can write to, so I have no way of contacting my daughter,” he said.
Still, Thomas insists that he simply wants to tell his daughter that he loves her, he misses her and he’s sorry for anything he’s done wrong.
“I want to be a part of their life. I’d like to put our differences behind us, and get together,” he said. As for Harry, Thomas has a more pointed message. “Get over [it],” he told the Sun when asked about his son-in-law. “I’m your new father-in-law. My answer to the royal family is ‘I’m Meghan Markle’s dad, we’re just a family now.’”
According to Thomas, he fears he doesn’t have much longer to live and wants to make amends while he still has the chance.
Kensington Palace hasn’t yet commented on Thomas’ latest on-camera interview, and it’s possible that the Palace won’t address it at all. Happily, Meghan has plenty of positive things to keep her mind distracted from the near-constant barrage of drama from her dad.
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On Saturday, she enjoyed her first solo outing with sister-in-law Kate Middleton when the two attended the Ladies’ Singles Final at the Wimbledon Championships. And although Serena Williams lost, the duchesses made the most of their afternoon together.
Harper’s Bazaar compared the pair’s camaraderie to that of fellow royals Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, who embraced the tradition of attending Wimbledon together.