Meghan Markle's father fears he'll be "kidnapped and ransomed" by criminal gangs

Thomas Markle reportedly fears that his new high profile may have exposed him as an easy target for criminal gangs in lawless areas around Mexico.


                            Meghan Markle's father fears he'll be "kidnapped and ransomed" by criminal gangs

In addition to the fear of being "locked out" by the royal family, Meghan Markle's father Thoman Markle now fears for his life. According to reports, Thomas Markle believes that he's become a kidnap target for criminals in Mexico, thanks to his ongoing feud with his daughter and the royal family. He is reportedly leading a peripatetic life and is often seen checking in and out of multiple motels.

Thomas Markle is believed to be battling with anxieties over the dangers that his new high profile may have turned him into an easy target for criminals.

 

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and her father, Thomas Markle. (Source: Getty Images, Twitter)
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and her father, Thomas Markle. (Source: Getty Images, Twitter)

According to the Daily Beast, Mr Markle fears he is a “sitting duck” at his retirement home, which is located in the ramshackle seaside resort of San Antonio Del Mar, ideally just 13 miles south of the notorious border city of Tijuana - a place where more than 1,700 murders and multiple kidnappings were recorded last year.

A friend of the Duchess' father said, "Thomas is a heart patient who is supposed to be trying to create a stress-free environment for himself. The truth is, however, he’s in an almost constant state of anxiety and has been leading a semi-nomadic existence."

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

The outlet also mentions that Mr Markle has hardly spent time at his home ever since the royal wedding; in fact, when he's not staying with his friends he's often been spotted checking in and out of cheap motels on both sides of the border. It was earlier reported that he watched his daughter's royal wedding to Prince Harry on the TV at an Airbnb rental, while he recovered from heart surgery.

The source informed outlet that while Meghan's father has “done all he can” to increase security, he “doesn’t feel safe” and “can’t afford to move.” The source further added that while the Duchess of Sussex has been forced to endure very public attacks from her father, her mother, Doria Ragland, flew to England on secret missions to comfort and support her over the summer.

 

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England.
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England.