Thomas Markle pleads for a "final chance" to apologize to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
After his severe dispute with his daughter's in-laws, a father can only hope for apology, especially when his daughter is the granddaughter-in-law of the Queen.
Thomas Markle is pleading for a "final chance" to make things right with his daughter Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, before it's too late, according to a friend close to him.
The Sunday Express reported a close confidante of Markle as saying that he wants this to happen when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are supposed to visit the US west coast in the near future when they are rumored to privately meet some friends for dinner in LA.
The 74-year-old has been trying to reach out to his daughter since her marriage. However, due to his paparazzi stunt just before Meghan's marriage to Harry in May he was not invited to the wedding. The friend told the Express, "He wanted so much to walk her down the aisle and give her away on her magical big day and he’s always going to be bitterly upset and frustrated that instead, he had to stay in bed following heart surgery.” Thomas Markle had claimed that he could not attend his daughter's marriage in May due to an emergency heart surgery that required him to stay in rest.
Markle's confidante stated that the father would love to take his daughters in his arms and also intends on apologizing to her for his ill-behavior during her marriage. "First, he intends to apologize to them both, face to face, for some of the ill-considered things he has said and done. Then, more than anything, he wants to hug his daughter and tell her how very proud he is of her and how much he loves her." He further mentioned that Markle had tried several times to leave a message for Meghan in Kensington Palace. However, the two numbers which were provided by the royal staff are no longer in service.
The confidante added, "He hates that the world perceives him and some of Meghan’s other relatives as ‘trailer trash’ folk trying to cash in on her happiness. But all he really cares about is letting her know how much he loves her and reopening the door that has slammed shut between them. He’s praying either Meghan or Harry or a member of their staff reach out to him to arrange a private meeting when they come to America."
However, there are fewer chances of Meghan and Harry flying down to visit Markle at his hilltop retirement home in the beach resort town of San Antonio Del Mar.
The town, which is located less than 14 miles from the drug-ravaged border of Tijuana, recorded over 1700 murder cases only last year. The town has been described as a place where "violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery is widespread" by the US State Department. However, the duo is expected to spend some time with Meghan's 61-year-old mother, Doria Ragland, who had divorced Markle back in 1987.
The friend also stated, "Thomas is glad Doria was able to attend the wedding and delighted she has what seems to be a very strong relationship with Meghan and the Royal Family. He doesn’t envy any of that for a second but he longs to establish some sort of rapport with his daughter again before it’s too late.”