Meghan Markle’s estranged dad Thomas Markle is the subject of a new documentary in which he claims his daughter’s childhood years were the happiest of his life. Unfortunately, he may not get to experience his grandson, Archie’s childhood.
The relationship between the Duchess of Sussex and her dad is strained at best, no thanks to his controversial media appearances. A new documentary he granted Britain's Channel 5 may not help that situation.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on Dec. 1, 2017 in England | Photo: Getty Images
In the revealing 90-minute documentary, Thomas reminisced on his daughter’s childhood, claiming those years were the happiest of his life. "When she was born, I couldn’t have been happier," he said.
The Duchess also reportedly vowed never to let him meet her son Archie, who was born in May.
The former TV lighting director continued: "They handed her to me, I saw her face, her little fingers wrapped around my fingers and that was it, I was in love. I just knew she was going to be special."
"I was just knocked out by that child. She was just beautiful, and I just couldn’t put her down," Thomas added in the documentary titled "Thomas Markle: My Story."
Besides going down memory lane on his daughter’s growing years, Thomas also shared tons of previously unseen family photos and home videos from Meghan’s childhood and teenage years, to the time she got her first Hollywood roles.
Meghan would go on to find fame on the US legal drama sitcom "Suits," but before then, she showed prospect as a drama student at the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
One of Thomas’s home videos shows Prince Harry’s now-wife starring as Little Red Riding Hood in the famous folktale "Into the Woods," while another shows her dancing at a studio with other students.
Some of Thomas’s more controversial statements in the documentary include claims that Meghan, Harry, and the royals owe him. "My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years, she'll take care of me. I'm in my senior years now," he added.
Thomas was unable to walk his daughter down the aisle at her May 2018 Windsor wedding. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, performed Thomas’s duty, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was her only family member present at the ceremony.
Meghan Markle & Doria Ragland at Cliveden House Hotel the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in England | Photo: Getty Images
According to Daily Mail, Meghan and Thomas’s relationship became strained after it was revealed that he got paid to pose for staged paparazzi photos days before his daughter was to marry Prince Harry.
Back in September 2019, a source reportedly revealed that Meghan had decided not to have anything to do with her father anymore. The Duchess also reportedly vowed never to let him meet her son Archie, who was born in May.
Meanwhile, Thomas’s new documentary comes on the heels of Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back from being senior members of the royal family. The couple now intends to support themselves financially.
The decision has meant Harry and Meghan losing their HRH titles as they appear to be building a new life in Canada. The couple is yet to respond to her father’s latest documentary, but, as with past cases, it’s unlikely that they ever will.