Thomas Markle and the Royal Family
Meghan’s father first made headlines ahead of her May 2018 wedding to Harry when he was caught staging photos of himself with the paparazzi. (He later decided not to attend the nuptials or walk his daughter down the aisle amid the scandal and alleged health issues.) In the following months, Thomas trashed the British royal family to the press, alleging his daughter looked miserable and called her British in-laws “cult-like.”
A source told Us in December 2018 that the Suits alum has “moved on” for her dad and “completely cut” him off. “It keeps getting worse and worse, he won’t stop. It’s shocking,” the source said. “There is no relationship change. Any other interviews are just an eye roll.”
In October 2019, Meghan filed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter she’d written to her father amid their troubles. Meghan’s lawyers claimed that the “letter was written at a time of great personal anguish and distress” and included “her intimate thoughts and feelings about her father’s health and her relationship with him at that time.”
Meghan noted in March 2021 that her parents were given a “very clear directive” to say “no comment” when it came to her romance with Harry. She also confirmed she has been estranged from Thomas since the paparazzi incident because he lied to her about his role.
“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,” Meghan said on CBS at the time. “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.”Back to top