Thomas Markle reacts to his daughter’s baby news: ‘I heard it on the radio’


Thomas Markle is very proud of his daughter

Last week, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a baby. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, has now given an interview to the Daily Mail in which he reacts to the news and reminisces about Meghan’s childhood. 

Father and daughter are still not on speaking terms.

Relationship

The whole world knows by now that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, doesn’t have a very good relationship with her father. He wasn’t present at her wedding, though it still isn’t entirely clear whether this was due to health reasons or because Meghan, or the royal family, didn’t want him there (or a combination). Meghan and her father have become estranged due to his many comments in the media and his co-operation with the paparazzi right before the royal wedding. Their relationship hasn’t always been this bad, though. A few years ago Meghan even posted a Father’s Day post on Instagram, thanking him for all he’d done for her, ending with the words “I love you”. The post is no longer up, since Meghan’s Instagram was deleted when she became part of the royal family.

Reaction

Markle, a 74-year-old retired Hollywood lighting director, heard the news of his daughter’s pregnancy on the radio in his car. He said the news was “overwhelming and joyful” to him and that “the first thing I thought about was holding Meghan in my arms as a newborn 37 years ago.” Markle reminisces about Meghan’s birth through C-section, saying she was the most beautiful baby and that it was love at first sight. He says that the news of Meghan’s pregnancy filled him with joy and pride and that he is delighted for both her and Harry. “She will make a fantastic mother.”

Mother

Thomas Markle denies the rumours that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, called him with the baby news before it was made public. Markle was markedly absent from the official announcement, which did include Ragland: “Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.” While Markle has yet to meet his son-in-law Harry, Ragland has accompanied the couple on various occasions. She’s also said to be planning a move to England, so she can help take care of the royal baby.

Read more: Samantha Markle reacts to sister Meghan’s pregnancy announcement

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Source: Daily Mail | Image: video still