Thomas Markle claims Meghan has ‘disowned both sides of her family’

The Duchess of Sussex‘s father Thomas Markle today said that his daughter had ‘pretty much disowned both sides of her family’ and urged her to ‘grow up’.

Mr Markle claimed Meghan ‘changed’ when she met Prince Harry and said it was ‘ridiculous’ that he had been estranged from his daughter for nearly four years.

The 77-year-old retired lighting director, who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, added that he and Meghan both needed to ‘grow up, talk, make up’ and mend their relationship.

The Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas Markle speaks to ITV's Good Morning Britain today

The Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas Markle speaks to ITV's Good Morning Britain today

The Duchess of Sussex’s father Thomas Markle speaks to ITV’s Good Morning Britain today

Thomas Markle today said that his daughter Meghan Markle (pictured together) had 'pretty much disowned both sides of her family' and urged her to 'grow up'

Thomas Markle today said that his daughter Meghan Markle (pictured together) had 'pretty much disowned both sides of her family' and urged her to 'grow up'

Thomas Markle today said that his daughter Meghan Markle (pictured together) had ‘pretty much disowned both sides of her family’ and urged her to ‘grow up’

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain today: ‘I don’t know what changed her. She’s never been that way before and once she hooked up with Harry, she changed.

‘I understand that she hooked up with Soho Club and a different group of people, but she’s pretty much disowned both sides of her family, and I don’t understand the reason.’

Who are Meghan’s family members? 

Thomas Markle Sr: Meghan’s father is a retired lighting director living in Mexico, previously married to Roslyn Markle – with whom he had Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle.

Doria Ragland: Meghan’s mother is a former make-up artist and married Thomas Markle Sr in 1979. They had Meghan in 1981 but divorced in 1987.

Samantha Markle: Thomas Markle Sr’s daughter and Meghan’s half-sister, also known as Samantha Grant, has been divorced twice and has three children.

Thomas Markle Jr: Meghan’s older paternal half-brother, was married for 11 years to Tracy Dooley until they divorced in 2001, and they had two sons – Thomas and Tyler Dooley.

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He added: ‘There are some reasons that she got upset with me and one was that she thought I was giving too much attention to her brother and sister – to her stepbrother and stepsister – but nonetheless she wanted me to stop talking to them and I couldn’t.

‘We’re at a point where, I think, both of us, we should grow up, talk, make up for the sake of the children right now and for ourselves. This is ridiculous, it’s being going on for almost four years – it’s crazy.’

Asked by host Susanna Reid when he last tried to get in touch with Meghan, Mr Markle said: ‘About a month ago maybe. I really can’t go down to Montecito because I’ll be pointed out as a stalker, so I can’t do much like that. 

‘But my message for the kids is that they have two loving families and their great-grandmother is the Queen of England, and I think that that’s important for them to know. 

‘It’s important for them to know that they have two families, and eventually they’re going to grow up and they’re going to want to know more about them, so we’ll see what happens.’ 

And asked by Reid if Meghan and Harry were happy, Mr Markle said: ‘Well, money isn’t everything, but the book he’s writing should be not Finding Freedom – it should be Finding Money, that’s all they seem to care about right now.’

Co-presenter Richard Madeley then asked whether he ever gets any feedback from third parties about what Meghan thinks about him. Mr Markle said: ‘Not a word, no. And there were some people quite some time ago in a magazine that said some things about me that were her friends, insults and lies, I’ve been trying to get their names and go after them for quite some time. It hasn’t happened yet.

‘Harry’s coming out with a book and that can’t be anything but cruel and to insult his grandmother the Queen, it’s a ridiculous idea. And it’s just something for money, that’s all they’re doing – everything they’re doing is for money.’

Finding Freedom is the biography of Harry and Meghan by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand released in August 2020. It was then announced this July that Harry will be writing a new book which explores his ‘adventures, losses, and life lessons’. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother Doria Ragland as they show their son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in May 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother Doria Ragland as they show their son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in May 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother Doria Ragland as they show their son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in May 2019

Mr Markle said Meghan 'changed' when she met Harry (above, at their wedding in May 2018)

Mr Markle said Meghan 'changed' when she met Harry (above, at their wedding in May 2018)

Mr Markle said Meghan ‘changed’ when she met Harry (above, at their wedding in May 2018)

Meghan has two older half-siblings through her father’s side – Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle – from his previous marriage to Roslyn Markle. 

Thomas Markle Jr was married for 11 years to Tracy Dooley until they divorced in 2001, and they had two sons – Thomas and Tyler Dooley.

Samantha Markle, also known as Samantha Grant, has been divorced twice and has three children. 

Thomas Markle married Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, a former make-up artist, in 1979. They had Meghan in 1981 but divorced in 1987.

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