Thomas Markle says Meghan ‘let me down’ and her and Prince Harry ‘didn’t care if I died’
THOMAS Markle said how Meghan and Prince Harry "didn't care if I died" after his heart attack in 2018.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain today, Thomas said how he felt let down by his daughter and that the last time they spoke he was in a hospital bed.
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Meghan's estranged father this morning hit back at his daughter after she accused him of betraying her in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"I also feel that she let me down," Thomas said.
"I was in a hospital bed the last time we talked. They didn't care if I died.
Despite having returned to hospital numerous times for heart operations, Thomas said his daughter and her husband never reached out.
"I never heard from them again," he said.
"I had a stent in here, and a stent in here.
"And that’s when we talked. I haven’t heard from them since."
Thomas went into further detail about his last call with Meghan and Harry saying it was when he told them he couldn't fly to be at their wedding.
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The 76-year-old told GMB that "snotty" Harry phoned him when he was recovering after suffering a heart attack.
He said: "Harry had said to me if you had listened to me, this wouldn’t have happened to you.
"Me, laying in a hospital bed after a having procedure, I had a stint put here and put here and that was kind of snotty so I hung up on him.”
Thomas went into to tell GMB hosts Piers and Susanna that her interview with Oprah was the first time he had heard his daughter speak in four years.
"Like I said, this is actually the first time I've heard her speak in about four years," he said.
"The last time we spoke, we actually texted, I was laying in hospital bed after a heart attack.
"I had to tell them that I couldn't fly for the wedding – at that point we pretty much said goodbye."
He added: "I'm very disappointed about it, I've apologised about this thing, at least 100 times.
"The bottom line is I've never heard back from Meghan and Harry in any way shape or form. I would love to hear from them."
In her candid interview with Oprah, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her relationship with her dad and said she was left feeling crushed when he lied to her.
Thomas went on to speak of his regret at staging paparazzi photographs ahead of his daughter's wedding.
He added: "I wish I hadn't done the whole thing.
"But here's the other side of the coin. No one took any time to protect any member of our family.
"And in spite of all that, I still apologised, I'm apologising today again… I also said we all make mistakes… but I've never played naked pool and I've never dressed up like Hitler."
More of the jaw-dropping interview was released yesterday, which saw Meghan say she tried to “protect” her parents from the “media frenzy” sparked due to an “obsession about anything in my world”.
It was the first time Meghan has publicly discussed her dad, who she has not spoken to since before her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
Thomas, an ex-Hollywood lighting director, has spoken about her daughter’s relationship publicly and described their decision to walk away from the royals as embarrassing.
Their relationship soured in the run-up to their 2018 Windsor Castle wedding, when he admitted agreeing to stage pictures of himself.
Meghan was asked if it felt like a “betrayal” when she found out her dad was working with the Press, and replied: “I’m trying to decide if I'm comfortable even talking about that.
“It was… if we were going to use the word betrayal.”
It comes as…
- Prince Harry hit the 'nuclear button' on his family in the interview, insiders claimed
- Meghan Markle is reported to have slammed the door in Kate Middleton's face when the duchess tried to apologise over an incident over flower girl dresses
- ITV Hub crashed as the interview was broadcast on the UK screens
- Oprah revealed Prince Harry insisted the Queen and Prince Philip were not the Royals who expressed concerns about Archie's skin colour
- A new photograph of the couple with Archie was released
- Thomas Markle will be interviewed on GMB
- Harry and Meghan held a private 'exchange of vows' before their wedding
- The full transcript of the interview can be read here
Meghan added: “Because when I asked him, when we were told by the comms team, this is a story that was going to be coming out, which, by the way, the tabloids had apparently known for a month or so and decided to hold until the Sunday before our wedding because they wanted to create drama, which is also a really key point in all this.
“We called my dad and I asked him and he said, no, absolutely not.
“I said, you know, the institution has never intervened for anything for us, but they can try to go in and kill this story.
“But if they do this once, we're not going to be able to use that same leverage to protect our own kids one day.”
Oprah then said: “He said no, absolutely not. He hadn't been talking to them. So he basically lied to you.”
Meghan added: “Well, and so when I said we won't be able to protect our own kids one day and I said, so I just need you to tell me.
“And if you tell me the truth, we can help. And he wasn't able to do that. And that for me has really resonated, especially now as a mother.”
She added: “And also me saying just full stop, if we use this to protect you, (we) won't be able to protect our own children one day.
“Well, I'm talking about your grandchildren.
“I look at Archie. I think about this child and I genuinely can't imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child.
“I can't imagine it. So it's hard for me to reconcile that.”
She said that “everyone has accountability” and mentioned her mother not responding to interview requests when asked.
Meghan added: “Everyone has accountability. Look, they hunted my mom down. You’ve never heard her say a word.
“She’s remained in silent dignity for four years watching me go through this.”
It comes after the first part of the bombshell chat saw Meghan accuse an unnamed royal of racism – plunging the monarchy into crisis.
Appearing vulnerable at times, Meghan revealed that she contemplated taking her own life while pregnant.
She also claimed her son Archie wasn't made a prince after "concerns and conversations" about "how dark" his skin would be when he was born.
Some of their claims left the talk-show host visibly stunned and she was heard gasping throughout the interview.
Thomas has never met his son-in-law Harry or his 22-month-old grandson.
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