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Meghan Markle wants to keep her estranged father away from baby Archie out for fear of 'negative influence': Source

The Duchess of Sussex has a great bond with Prince Charles and turns to him for support and advice ever since the relationship with her father soured
UPDATED FEB 14, 2020
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Source:Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Source:Getty Images)

Meghan Markle is reportedly not letting her estranged family back into her life to protect her recently-born son baby Archie.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex has not spoken to her father, Thomas Markle, since her wedding last year and has ignored pleas of reconciliation from her half-sister Samantha Markle.

Meghan had become very close to her father-in-law Prince Charles who is a 'positive influence', royal sources told Mirror. She looked up to him as a father figure, the souces claimed.

Meghan reportedly turned to Prince Charles for support and advice ever since the relationship with her father soured over his tirades.

Thomas Markle had given a series of interviews where he revealed private conversations between his daughter and her husband, Prince Harry.  

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are preparing for Archie's christening this week.

While Meghan has kept her father out of her life, her mother, 62-year-old Doria Ragland, will be involved in the child's upbringing.

According to an insider, Meghan is determined to shower baby Archie with only positive influences as he grows up.

Thomas Markle, 74, had recently attempted to 'reach out' to his daughter via an intermediary. Meghan reportedly did not respond to him and said she had been 'grossly betrayed.' She had also developed a 'strong bond' with Prince Charles, the insider said. 

"Meghan’s overriding view is that there is no place for her father or his extended family in her life right now. She has a strong family unit around her in Harry, with their ­adorable newborn son, and he has been very, very clear that she only wants ­positive influences on Archie. She has developed a strong bond with Harry’s father and has discussed the situation with him. She definitely sees Charles as a father figure, a principled man who has had his life played out in the public eye," a senior royal source said. 

"Despite the desperate pleas from the family, there is zero chance of a ­reconciliation at this stage," the source continued. "The Queen is very fond of Meghan, as is Charles, and they both believe she has dealt with the situation in a dignified manner. The whole family is ­sympathetic on how much she has had to deal with."

Meghan Markle is refusing to let her family back into her life as she wants to surround her infant son Archie with only "positive influences" (Getty Images)

Another source added, "Meghan has remained resolute throughout this whole process, she only wants the best for Archie. Her family ­struggles have only made her and Charles grow closer. This is in no way about him wishing to replace her father. Charles just feels very protective of Meghan, and, of course, Harry, and in anything that may be affecting his family."