Thomas Markle has long made his displeasure with his daughter, Meghan, and her husband Prince Harry well known. Since the birth of the royal couple’s firstborn, Archie, Thomas has publicly pleaded with – and sometimes threatened – them to allow him to meet his grandchild.
Now, after Harry and Meghan welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana, Thomas has walked back his previous statements about suing them in order to get visitation rights to his grandchildren.
It’s no secret that there’s a rift between Thomas and Meghan Markle so wide that an entire ocean could fill it. The two famously fell out right before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry after it was revealed that Thomas had been paid to pose for photos.
Their relationship continued to deteriorate over the next few years after Thomas provided a British tabloid with a letter sent to him by his daughter. As he’s continued to talk to the media about his daughter and son-in-law, his commentary has become increasingly negative.
In a recent interview with Good Morning Britain, Thomas once again blasted his estranged daughter, calling her and her husband “childish” for cutting off contact with him. “Eventually she’ll start talking to me.
This is way too childish, this is kind of silly,” he complained to anchors Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid. “It’s time to talk with each other, we’re family. The kids are going to grow up without knowing they have two families.”
He insisted that the children should have healed all the hurts between them. “This is more than just me and my daughter now — this is me, my daughter, her husband, and two babies,” Thomas continued.
“So it’s time to do something. To talk.” This is an entirely different tone than the one Thomas used earlier this year when he suggested he could possibly sue his daughter in order to see his grandchildren.
Though he insisted in this latest interview that he’d been contacted by “several lawyers” in California who said he’d have a good chance of winning the case, he now said it was a route he was hesitant to take.
“People have suggested in California I could sue to see my grandkids,” he explained, “But I think if I did that I’d be doing the same thing Meghan and Harry are doing.” This last comment might have been in reference to Harry and Meghan’s recent lawsuits, some of which have been quite successful in court.
He went on to comment, “I don’t want to include my grandchildren in this situation, I want to see my grandchildren with friendly parents and friendship all around.” Thomas added that he’d decided to wait before taking any sort of drastic court action because he didn’t “want hostile parents when seeing my grandchildren.”
He may have a point there, especially since he’s continued to blast his daughter and son-in-law, even in the same interview where he pleaded to be able to see his grandchildren. “I think Harry has abandoned the queen, his grandmother, the royal family, the British people, and the Army,” Thomas sniped.
“He’s abandoned them all. All he does now is ride a bicycle around the neighborhood… I don’t know if it’s much of a life for him either. It doesn’t make sense.” With these continued negative comments, it seems unlikely that any inroads will be built between the estranged father and daughter.