If the Duchess of Sussex had hoped her father Thomas Markle would cool it on the explosive media interviews about her personal life this year, she was sadly mistaken.
The former Hollywood lighting director, 75, has appeared in documentary Thomas Markle: My Life, making a range of new claims about the breakdown of his relationship with Meghan since she became a royal.
The 90-minute tell-all interview, which aired in the UK on Wednesday night, was filmed last October over six days in Markle’s home in Mexico. It also featured never-before-seen photos and footage of Meghan from her childhood.
Here are some of the key revelations and allegations the Duchess’ father shared in the Channel 5 documentary.
‘I don’t know who she is now’
Markle believes there’s a high likelihood he’ll never see his daughter again, saying he misses “the way that she was”.
“I don’t know who she is now and that’s a problem. The last time they might see me is me being lowered into the ground,” he added.
“I don’t think at this point they are thrilled to see me or want to talk to me.”
He ‘lied’ in Piers Morgan interview
Markle claimed he “lied” about a phone conversation with her daughter and son-in-law during his TV interview with Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan.
“I said Meghan and Harry had called me back and were really concerned about me and that I told them to go on their honeymoon. That was all a lie.”
He also admitted to lying to a “furious” Harry and Meghan about whether he had staged the paparazzi photos of him that were published ahead of the couple’s wedding.
“I lied to Prince Harry. I’m not proud of that, but I did.”
He ‘wanted to apologise to the Queen’ for missing the wedding
Markle said he wanted to “apologise to the Queen and the royal family” for missing his daughter’s 2018 royal wedding but was “told by [Harry and Meghan] ‘don’t”.
He also admitted he was “jealous” to see Prince Charles walk Meghan partway down the aisle in his place.
“He said ‘I’d like to marry your daughter'”
Markle recalled Prince Harry calling him to ask to marry Meghan, but believes it should have been an in-person conversation.
“I feel now that he should have been on a plane and come down to see me. Doria was presented with a parchment of some kind that announced the engagement. No one came to my house.”
“They took on an obligation”
Markle is unimpressed by Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back as working members of the royal family, calling the move “embarrassing” and saying the couple were becoming “lost souls”.
“I don’t think they know what they’re looking for.”