Sunday 21 October 2018

'All they have to do is speak to me', Thomas Markle won't stop giving interviews until royals come out of 'silence mode'

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the airport for a two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the airport for a two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
The Duchess of Sussex attends a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin, Ireland
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry arrive at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in central London, Britain, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan's father Thomas. Photo: REUTERS
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Meghan Markle's father has announced he won't stop talking to the press until the British royal family caves and acknowledges him.

The former lighting director (73) said he's determined to reignite contact with his daughter Meghan Markle, saying that he hasn't spoken to her since her May 19 wedding, where he pulled out of walking her up the aisle two days before.

He has given a number of interviews since, largely with TMZ and one famously with Good Morning Britain, during which he relayed details of private conversations with his daughter and her new husband Prince Harry.

Most recently, he gave an in-depth interview to The Sun claiming that his daughter looks "terrified".

Meghan's father Thomas. Photo: REUTERS
Meghan's father Thomas. Photo: REUTERS

And he is defiant in his determination to stay in the press, saying he didn't like the way he was portrayed during the run-up to the royal wedding because "the press beat me up every day" and is convinced that continuously speaking out with court him favour with the royals.

"I was silent for a full year and the press beat me up every day saying I was a hermit hiding in Mexico, so I gave my story," he told TMZ.

"Apparently that interview put the Royal Family in their silence mode ... so, I gave another interview to break the silence. All they have to do is speak to me."

Thomas said he no longer has a working phone number for Meghan. The former Suits star (37) is exceptionally close to her mother Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles, and aside from being pictured a handful of times during Meghan and Harry's early relationship days, enjoys an extraordinarily low profile.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Aras an Uachtarain. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for their visit with President and Sabina Higgins. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Aras an Uachtarain. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for their visit with President and Sabina Higgins. Picture: Gerry Mooney

On Sunday, Thomas told The Sun on Sunday: "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. I've seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don't like the one I'm seeing now.

"It's sad that it's got to this point. I'm sorry it's come to this. Yes, some of it is my fault. But I've already made it clear that I'm paying for this for the rest of my life."

It's believed the newlyweds are "frustrated" with his contact with the media.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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