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Monday, June 14, 2021

Meghan Markle’s dad says ‘weak’ Harry was ‘tricked’ by Oprah

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Meghan Markle's dad claimed Prince Harry was 'tricked' into 'saying things you just shouldn't be saying on television' in his chat with Oprah Winfrey.

Thomas Markle, 76, called his son-in-law a 'very weakened man' and accused Oprah of 'playing' his daughter.

He told Australian TV show 60 Minutes: 'I have things to say. Oprah Winfrey, for one, I think is playing Harry and Meghan.

'I think she is using them to build her network and build her new shows and I think she's taken advantage of a very weakened man and has got him to say things that you just shouldn't be saying on television.

'She will disagree of course, and she may even sue me, I don't care. But the bottom line is she is working Harry.'

The Hollywood lighting engineer has been estranged from his daughter for three years over claims that he staged photos for money.

They reportedly haven't spoken since her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, after he pulled out from walking Meghan down the aisle due to needing heart surgery. He hasn't yet met Harry or grandson Archie, who is now two.

He further criticised the 'cold' couple for refusing to see him – although he only lives 70 miles away from their £11 million LA mansion.

Thomas Markle, 76, called his son-in-law a 'very weakened man' and accused Oprah Winfrey of 'playing' his daughter (Picture: 60 Minutes)

Thomas said even 'axe murderers' are visited by their families and said he was 'disappointed' to have to find out about his new granddaughter through a public statement.

'My congratulations Harry and Meghan,' he said.

'I found out [Lilbet's birth] after the face and I have to deal with that and that's okay. There's always disappointment here.

'Lili is perfect and the other thing that makes me happy is that there is a lot more Markle blood in the Royal Family.'

He continued: 'All I can say is that I hope eventually I get to see these grandchildren of mine. I'm a pretty good grandpa.

Meghan's dad still hasn't met Prince Harry or his grandson Archie (Picture: Getty Images)

'August 4, 40 years ago, Meghan was born by c-section and I was the first one to hold her in my arms. I fell in love with her and I've been that way ever since. 

'I will be very disappointed if I don't get to hold my granddaughter.'

The grandad has been highly critical of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this year, in which Meghan said her dad had 'betrayed' her and she 'found it hard to reconcile' with him.

Thomas said he felt the couple had 'ghosted' both of their dads.

Of Harry, he said: 'I think we would get on quite well [if we went for a drink together] and I think it's unfortunate what's happened to him as well.

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'He seems like a likeable guy and I appreciate the fact that he walked my daughter down the aisle. 

'I could certainly not have asked for a better replacement, although I would have liked to have done it myself.'

He added: 'I see them both ghosting their families completely and now they are alone in a huge house where they can probably accommodate 20 people in but it's just the four of them.

'I don't think they are going to have relatives over for a barbecue next week or next month. I don't know why.'

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