Meghan Markle's Dad Thomas Says His Daughter's Childhood Years Were Happiest of His Life in New Documentary
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.
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."
In a new documentary, he explains how he hasn't spoken to Meghan since the wedding, and he's never met either Harry or his grandson Archie.— Metro (@MetroUK) January 22, 2020
"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's father confessed in a new documentary that he's still making money off photos he staged ahead of the couple's royal wedding. https://t.co/nJfFxnKLzo— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) January 24, 2020
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.
NEW DOCUMENTARY: ❗ An exclusive with Meghan Markle's father ❗— Virgin Media One (@VirginMedia_One) January 26, 2020
"I want Harry and Meghan to see this video and know that this is not fair" Thomas Markle: My Story, Monday at 10pm on Virgin Media One #ThomasMarkle pic.twitter.com/A2pp1EYz2h
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.
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.
"They are destroying it, they are cheapening it, making it shabby - they are turning it into a Walmart with a crown on it now."— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 19, 2020
Meghan's father has criticised the couple's decision to step back from the Royal Family.
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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.