Thomas Markle rules out suing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Thomas Markle has stated that his two grandchildren "are not part of a game", despite claiming that "several lawyers" had assured him of his chance of success if he were to take legal action against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The 77-year-old former lighting director has never met either two-year-old Archie Harrison or five-month-old Lilibet Diana, due to his ongoing rift with his daughter.
When asked about being unable to visit his grandchildren, Mr Markle said: “I’m very concerned about that. I’d really like it - I’d love to see my grandchildren.
"And people have suggested in California that I sue to see my kids. I think if I did that, I’d be a hypocrite. I’d be doing the same thing Meghan and Harry are doing.
"I don’t want to include my grandchildren in this kind of situation. I want to see my grandchildren with friendly parents and friendship all around. I don’t know hostile parents and seeing my grandchildren. So I’ll wait until it plays out.”
When asked if he'd been given any indication legal action would lead to success, Thomas continued: "Yes, I’ve been told by several lawyers that grandparents have sued to see their grandchildren and won in California. I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to do that.
"I don’t want to involve my grandchildren as pawns in a game. They’re not part of a game. They’re my grandchildren - I want to see my grandchildren.”
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Thomas Markle has dismissed taking legal action against the Sussexes
Earlier this year, Thomas Markle had announced during an interview with Fox News that he was considering taking legal action against the Sussexes, to demand visitation access to his two young grandchildren.
He also revealed that he had contacted Meghan on a number of occasions but his attempts had been ignored. This included sending a large bouquet of flowers to her home in celebration of her 40th birthday.
During his interview with Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley this morning, Thomas Markle said that his entire family had been "ghosted" by Meghan, and that he would continue to conduct high-profile interviews to seek her attention.
Speaking again of his two grandchildren, he said he wished for them to know that they come from "two loving families".
Meghan Markle has led a strained relationship with her father since the weeks leading up to her and Prince Harry's royal wedding in May 2018.
It emerged that her father had collaborated with the paparazzi on a number of staged photographs, which included pictures of him attending a tuxedo-fitting and researching the history of Britain in an internet cafe.
Thomas Markle has maintained that his involvement in the images was not for financial purposes, but to improve his reputation and public image.
He has also stated in previous interviews that he has apologised "over a hundred times" but has received "no compassion" from the couple for his mistake.
During her Oprah Winfrey interview in March, Meghan described his actions as a "betrayal".
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At the last minute, it was announced that Thomas Markle would no longer be attending the wedding at St George's Chapel, and would be undergoing heart surgery in Mexico.
Their relationship took a further blow after her father sold extracts of a private letter Meghan had sent him to the Mail on Sunday. This sparked a lengthy legal battle between the Sussexes and the media organisation, which Meghan eventually won on the grounds of copyright.
Over the last three years, Thomas Markle has spoken about his daughter on a number of occasions, and has both criticised her actions and pleaded for her forgiveness.
His two other children, Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr, also lead an estranged relationship with their half-sister, and have previously described her as "shallow" and "jaded".
Whilst Meghan's relationship with her father's family remains tense, she enjoys a close relationship with her mother, Doria Ragland.