Meghan Markle's father opens up on Prince Harry decision that has 'never made sense' to him

​Thomas Markle with Meghan Markle. Prince Harry inset

Thomas Markle has never met Prince Harry

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Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey


Published: 23/06/2024

- 10:30

Thomas Markle has never met Prince Harry , eight years after the couple's first date

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, says that eight years after his daughter first started dating Prince Harry there is still one question that puzzles him.

It is well known that the 79-year-old, who is just weeks away froths 80th birthday, is no longer on talking terms with his daughter. But he remains baffled by the treatment he has received from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


In a new interview, the American admits that his life has been overshadowed by "what has happened in the last six years" and said that he struggles to understand why he has never actually met Prince Harry.

"When I reflect back on my life, as you do when you are approaching 80, that’s one of the questions I cannot find an answer for," he told the Mail on Sunday.

\u200bThomas Markle with Meghan Markle. Prince Harry insetThomas Markle has never met Prince HarryGB NEWS/PA

"Why didn’t Harry ever come to meet me?

"He has the resources to fly around the world – and does – but why didn’t he come to see me, particularly when people in the royal household like Jason Knauf [Harry and Meghan’s former communications secretary] were urging him to do so? That has never made sense to me.

"What man gets married without meeting his wife’s father?"

Jason Knauf has in recent years found himself at the centre of the storm over the relationship between the Sussexes and Thomas Markle.

Thomas Markle

Thomas Markle says there are parallels between his and King Charles' treatment from the Sussexes

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The palace aide was influential in advising the Duke and Duchess how they should handle the relationship with Meghan's father.

Evidence given court also suggests Knauf spoke to Thomas Markle "repeatedly" when there was media attention on the relationship between the father and his daughter.

Thomas Markle said he would also like to speak to the King as he feel sorry for His Majesty, and believes there are parallels between how they have both been treated by the Sussex.

He said: "I would love to speak to him because I am sure he has as many unanswered questions as I do. Neither of us deserves the treatment we’ve received.

"He is going through cancer treatment and I’m not in the best of health.

"I’m not afraid of dying. It is what it is.

"I have so many questions I’d like to ask Meghan and Harry.

"The main one being, why have they treated not only me but the Royal Family and the King so badly."

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