Wednesday 17 July 2019

'The queen would certainly not become involved on this level' - Meghan Markle in 'crisis talks' over father's latest interview

(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a group photo at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity's at Brinsworth House on December 18, 2018 in Twickenham, England
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, arrives to visit the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, in west London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
This photograph taken by Chris Allerton of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House
Royal wedding...Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Kate is considered a good girl, while Meghan could rebel against royal rules. But even though Meghan and Harry’s move to Frogmore ‘cottage’ was ostensibly to avoid the ‘stifling’ atmosphere at Kensington Palace, the newest member of the royal soap opera is said to have annoyed Queen Elizabeth — a definite no-no in the straitened world of the Windsors
The new series will document how The Queen passes on her knowledge to her younger family members (John Stillwell/PA)
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Thomas Markle on Good Morning Britain
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Thomas Markle's hopes for an intervention by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and his relationship with daughter Meghan Markle are a pipe dream, according to royal insiders.

In yet another interview, Thomas (73) spoke to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain about his relationship with his daughter, from whom he is now estranged, saying he texts her every day and she does not reply. He pleads publicly through interviews and previously claimed he contacted his ex-wife Doria Ragland for guidance. Despite the fact that his tactic of obsessive text messages and sharing private photos and correspondence only seems to be driving his daughter further away, he still insists on speaking out at every chance.

"I’m not sure why it’s happening and I’m waiting, I’m reaching out," he told GMB, before pleading for her grandmother-in-law to get involved and help heal the family rift. "I would appreciate anything she could do. I would think she would want to resolve family problems.

“All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together, certainly around the holidays.”

Thomas Markle on Good Morning Britain
Thomas Markle on Good Morning Britain

Markle cut off contact with her father after it was revealed he was working with paparazzi in setting up favourable pictures and coverage of him at home in Mexico in the run up to the royal wedding. He pulled out of walking her up the aisle just days before the ceremony claiming he had a heart attack. Since, he has given a number of interviews on British television, TMZ and with the Mail on Sunday.

His plea for the monarch's involvement attracted even more attention than usual with more traditional news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post picking up on the story over the last 24 hours.

Read more: Meghan Markle's biggest PR problem still remains her beleaguered father

"The Queen is a dignified woman," a source told The Mirror. "Even if she disagreed with the way her grandson’s wife or indeed her staff were dealing with the matter, she would certainly not become involved on this level."

Earlier this month, Mr Markle shared private correspondence between him and his daughter with a Sunday newspaper, including Valentine's Day letters she sent him over the years and a copy of her wedding invitiation. He is pleading for contact with her while simultaneously calling her "controlling".

"I know we had differences at the beginning, some question about my heart attack and so forth," he said. "The unfortunate thing about my daughter and Harry is that they believe what they read in the papers. For the first year, they were telling me, 'Never believe those things.' But now they [think] I'm saying things I'm not saying," he said. "I think that might be one of the problems, but...I don't have the answer yet."

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, arrives to visit the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, in west London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, arrives to visit the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, in west London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Morgan tweeted afterwards that Mr Markle was not paid for the interview.

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