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Thomas Markle shares photos and video of Meghan's childhood

Thomas Markle has shared extraordinary unseen photos and films of his Duchess daughter for a 90-minute bombshell documentary where he spoke of their loving and close relationship before she dumped him for Harry and his 'stiff' royal family.

The 75-year-old also described his pride after the birth of his daughter in August 1981 as he opened up to Channel 5 in a film, watched by 1.2million people last night, which is sure to upset the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they start their new life in Canada. 

Mr Markle says Meghan's childhood years were 'the happiest of my life' as he shared dozens of pictures of her key moments including on the day she entered the world and as father and daughter bonded while he changed her nappies in the following days.

There are also a string of happy photos of Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland, including at family Christmas parties and summer picnics near their home in California, before she moved in with Thomas as a teenager after the couple's divorce. 

Mr Markle has also shared rare home video footage of Meghan's first school productions where he says a star was born, her high school graduation, leaving for college as well as family photos as she won her first Hollywood parts and secured her breakthrough on Suits. 

An emotional Mr Markle also said he was 'jealous' and cried as he saw the Prince of Wales walking his daughter down the aisle and justified making the film to defend himself and rebut the 'trashy things' said about him

Britain's Channel 5 has refused to reveal to MailOnline what Mr Markle was paid, but with Meghan's father known to have been paid £7,500 to appear on Good Morning Britain in 2018 industry sources suggest his fee would likely run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Describing meeting Meghan for the first time, he told the documentary: 'When she was born I couldn’t have been happier. They handed her to me, I saw her face, her little fingers wrapped around my fingers and that was it, I was in love. I just knew she was going to be special. I was just knocked out by that child. She was just beautiful and I just couldn’t put her down'.

Thomas Markle has shared his family album with Channel 5 including this picture of him bonding with Newborn Meghan as she changed her nappy after her birth in August 1981

Mr Markle described meeting his daughter for the first time and how she grabbed his finger in the hospital shortly after birth 38 years ago

Meghan sits up on her parents' bed in another extraordinary new family photo shown on the Channel 5 documentary 

Thomas holds his daughter, who he described as his pride and joy, saying he couldn't put her down when he was home from work

Meghan is cuddled by her mother Doria on a sunny Californian day when she is around a year old in a previously unseen photo

Meghan's parents split when she was young, initially living with mother Doria who had struggled with caring for Thomas' teenage children from his first marriage. He admits he was not happy and 'not around enough'

Doria supports her Duchess daughter on a Californian beach in summer in the mid-1980s

Even as she launched her acting career in Los Angeles after university they would see her 'three to four times a week'  - but it all changed after meeting Harry, who he has never met.

Thomas Markle on Meghan, Harry and the royals 

In the extraordinary film the 75-year-old American, who has not spoken to his daughter since her May 2018, detailed the breakdown of their relationship and accused Prince Harry of acting like a 'sensitive' 12-year-old. 

And he defended his decision to speak out in the film and to be paid for the lengthy interview. 

He said: 'At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I've been through I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she'll take care of me. I'm in my senior years now – it's time to look after Daddy.' 

The retired Hollywood lighting director, who has never met the royal couple's baby son Archie, described his relationship with his daughter as 'complicated'.

He insisted: 'To them I don't exist and now Harry, whether he realises it or not, is part of my family and I'm part of his. We should be talking.' He added: 'He's not 12 years old any more – he's got no right to be this sensitive.'

He describes Meghan and Harry's behaviour as embarrassing, says they are 'turning into lost souls' and, in a reference to a discount American supermarket giant, adds: 'They are turning it [the Royal Family] into a Walmart with a crown on.'

He said: 'Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she's tossing that away… it looks like she's tossing that away for money.'

And referring to their refurbished home at Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle, he says: 'Apparently $3 million and a 26-room home isn't enough for them… it is kind of embarrassing to me.'

He added: 'She's been supported and loved by everybody on both sides of her [American] family. The family that she's joined is far stiffer than the one that she's left'. 

Meghan's mother was her only relative at the royal wedding - her father said: 'She's been supported and loved by everybody on both sides of her [American] family. The family that she's joined is far stiffer than the one that she's left'.

Asked if Meghan should be supporting him financially he said: 'She has given me some money - she gave me $5,000 for Christmas once. The money she gave me has been gifts, Only once or twice have I asked for help.

'When she was angry with me she claimed that she had given me $20,000 over two years - but I paid for everything that got her to where she is not. I'm not asking for it back - but it's awfully picky to focus on what she's given me, ignoring what I've given her'.

And he defending his decision to speak out in the film and to be paid for the lengthy interview. 

He said: 'At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I've been through I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she'll take care of me. I'm in my senior years now – it's time to look after Daddy.' 

The documentary contains at least five home videos of Meghan that have never seen before and Thomas says he knew his daughter would be an actress after seeing her perform as a teenager in high school plays.

There are also adorable images of Meghan fishing and joking with her father on various home movies. 

Mr Markle said he felt 'tremendous pride' watching Meghan act on stage at the private Catholic all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

And a video was revealed in a Channel 5 documentary last night of one of Meghan's star performances aged 15 as Little Red Riding Hood in the play Into the Woods.

The clip filmed in March 1997 showed Prince Harry's future wife confidently walking around the stage and delivering her lines with gusto. 

Former TV lighting director Mr Markle also told a Channel 5 documentary how he helped build some scenery and rig the lights for plays at the school.

He also told a bombshell documentary how he cried as he watched her marry Prince Harry on TV from a 'safe house' after his release from hospital.

Intimate home footage filmed on Meghan Markle's last day at high school shows the future Duchess of Sussex mingling with both her mother and estranged father in the years before the family's very public falling out.

At his home Mr Markle proudly showed off various royal gifts he had received, such as a mug commemorating the birth of Archie, his grandson. And he even joked that he had heard about Meghan and Harry branded condoms. 

Viewers were treated to pictures of Meghan on the day of her birth, and he describes her as a 'natural beauty' and the most 'special thing in my life.' 

There were also pictures of Mr Markle's upbringing, with pictures of him as a young man. In one picture of him as a boy, he jokes: 'I looked like Harry...better looking.'

He told the 90-minute documentary about meeting Meghan's mother, and and how he felt about his daughter was born by C-section.

'Not everybody seems to approve of those kind of relationships,' he added with regards to being in a mixed-race relationship with Doria.

'People would look at Doria like she was a housekeeper. It wasn't fair. Of course it wasn't fair.

'I think she's going through the same problem right now with the royals. I don't think they know where to place her. She always looks scared. She always looks like a deer in the headlights.' 

Mr Markle has defended sharing the photos and speaking out against his daughter claiming she, Harry and the royals 'owe' him

Thomas says that he would see his daughter most weekends after Doria decided she wanted to move back to central Los Angeles

Mr Markle said that because she was black: 'People would look at Doria like she was a housekeeper. It wasn't fair. Of course it wasn't fair'

Doria and Meghan when she was around ten - mother and daughter remain very close and Doria is also said to be very close to Harry

Meghan showed a flair for perfomance, especially in high school, and her father said it became clear that she was destined for a career in showbiz

Thomas Markle said he knew Meghan would be a star after seeing her perform as a teenager

Meghan's father shared dozens of unseen photos of her daughter in her teenage years when they lived together

Mr Markle, Doria and their daughter as she started her career and within a few years of this photo she would be earing $40,000 per episode of Suits

A glamorous-looking Meghan, who is aged just 17 at the time, is seen surrounded by relatives including Thomas Markle and a beaming Doria Ragland at the private all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'will pay for their OWN security - but only when they are on commercial jobs 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are intending to pay for their own security costs in a model similar to that used by former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to reimburse the taxpayer for protection provided on business engagements with no royal connection, sources claim.

The arrangement would be like one put in place by ex PM Blair,  who has earned millions travelling the world brokering business deals since he left No 10, the The Daily Telegraph reports.

The couple are currently on Vancouver Island preparing to forge a new life for themselves and their eight-month-old son, Archie, after stepping back from royal duties.

So far it has been unclear who would foot the bill for the family's taxpayer-funded security arrangements when they officially leave the monarchy in the spring. 

Politicians in Canada say taxpayers in the country should not have to pay - while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far refused to say who would be pick up the tab for protecting the couple. 

The clip, filmed by Thomas in the summer of 1999, shows the future Duchess of Sussex making her way through a crowd of students towards her father, who she greets with a loving 'hi daddy' before tightly hugging a proud Doria.

Meghan is then caught enduring an awkward exchange with Doria's father Alvin, who bemoans how he does not see his granddaughter on a regular basis and 'no longer recognises' her, causing Meghan to laugh uncomfortably.

In the 90-minute documentary that aired on Channel 5 last night, a visibly crestfallen Thomas Markle described having to watch his daughter Meghan walk down the aisle on television as he recovered from a heart attack.

An emotional Mr Markle told the interviewer he was 'jealous' of the Prince of Wales walking his daughter down the aisle was something he 'really wanted to do'.

He said: 'My daughter looked beautiful. I wish that I could have been there with her. I was certainly appreciative Charles was there. I admit I cried a bit about that. To this day I can't forget that moment.' 

Mr Markle, who divorced Meghan's mother Doria in the late 1980s, said the last time he spoke to his daughter was during an emotional series of phone calls days before her wedding.

He was due to walk Meghan up the aisle for her wedding in Windsor, but offered to pull out when it emerged that he had made a secret deal with a photographer.

He agreed to pose for photos which showed him preparing for the wedding shortly after Kensington Palace appealed for the media to respect his privacy. 

Mr Markle said his involvement in the deal would 'haunt me for the rest of my life', and detailed a phone call in which Harry reprimanded him over the decision.

In addition, it charts Meghan's formative years – she lived with Thomas between the ages of 11 and 18.

Here a 12-year-old Meghan dances in a California studio close to the time she began living with her father again

In this home video from the same year, 1993, Meghan filmed a birthday message for a loved one , possibly for her mother thanking her for 'everything you do for me'

A month later a 12-year-old Meghan rolled her eyes at her father who filmed her while fishing on holiday at Big Bear lake in California

Meghan was also filmed playing games in the snow while filmed by her proud father who says Meghan would say he was 'good dad' 

Mr Markle has released unseen footage of his daughter, here as Red Riding Hood in the school production of Into The Woods when she was 15, in March 1997

An excited Meghan speaks to camera after taking part in a dance event as she started her path to stardom and the royal familyu

An excited Meghan smiles as her father films her at her graduation at 17 at the private all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles

The 90-minute documentary explores the background to what he calls his 'complicated' relationship with his daughter and their dramatic fallout in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

'Uncomfortable to watch...why didn't the royals help Thomas Markle more?' Viewers feel sorry for Meghan's father

Viewers said they felt sorry for Thomas Markle in tonight's bombshell documentary which charted his relationship with the Duchess of Sussex.

In a tell-all 90-minute film, he accused his daughter and son-in-law of saying 'trashy things' about him and revealed he cried while watching Meghan walk down the aisle on her wedding day.

Mr Markle also said that Meghan had promised to look after him in his 'senior years'.

He said: At this point, they owe me. The Royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I've been through I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she'll take care of me.'

Social media users watching the extraordinary film seemed sympathetic to Mr Markle, with a number of people saying he seemed like a good father and a 'genuine guy'.

Shanelle Stephens said: #ThomasMarkle seems like he was a really decent dad to Meghan. It's so sad now she's married into a prestigious family she doesn't want anything to do with him.

'It's not like he wasn't there for her when she was growing up. He was in your life #MeghanMarkle reach out to him.

Captain Tykey said: 'Bless #thomasmarkle, so sad watching this. Clearly loves her very much.'

Another Twitter user said: '#Thomasmarkle has every right to tell his story. The guy has been slaughtered across the news and social media for two years.'

And Meg La Maniac, said: 'The Thomas Markle documentary is a tear jerker. He's a sweet humble man. Both taz and I are crying!' 

Thomas Markle today revealed he doesn't think his daughter will see him again until he is 'lowered into the ground' in a coffin and justified being paid to take part in a Channel 5 documentary saying: ' Meghan owes me - it's time to look after daddy'.

In the tell-all 90-minute film he accused Prince Harry of acting like a 'sensitive' 12-year-old and pledged to evidence against the couple in the High Court saying: 'I'm going to defend myself'.

Accusing his daughter and son-in-law of saying 'trashy things' about him, he said: ‘I don't care. At this point, they owe me. The Royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I've been through I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she'll take care of me. I'm in my senior years now, it's time to look after daddy'.

In the extraordinary film he also reveals the details of his last phone call with the Sussexes on the eve of their 2018 wedding as it emerged he had posed for a paparazzi photographer , a decision he says will 'haunt me for the rest of my life.

He said: ' Harry said to me : "if you had listened to me, this wouldn't have happened to you". I said to him 'it's too bad I didn't die because then you guys could pretend you were sad' and then I hung up on them. I was done'.

He has never spoken to them since or met Archie, despite sending texts and letters, and added: ‘I don't think at this point they're thrilled to see me or want to talk to me. The last time they might see me is being lowered into the ground'. 

Mr Markle is ready to testify against the Duchess of Sussex in court in a legal battle between the duchess and The Mail on Sunday, after the newspaper published extracts from a letter she sent to her father.

He told Channel 5; 'To them I don't exist and now Harry, whether he realises it or not, is part of my family and I'm part of his. We should be talking'.

He added: 'He's not 12 years old any more, he's got no right to be this sensitive. There are other parts of the letter that I would never put out because they're too offensive and too hurtful to me. And that's where it's at now'.

Sitting on a wicker chair at his home in Mexico , Thomas, a retired Hollywood lighting director, is filmed talking thoughtfully about his relationship with Meghan and Prince Harry.

He discussed the moment the former Suits actress called to tell him about her new boyfriend, after she met Prince Harry in 2016, but reveals he 'didn't know what it meant' that she was dating a member of the royal family.

He explains: 'She calls me on the phone and she said, 'I've got a new boyfriend.' I said, 'Great' and she says, 'He's British'.

'I said 'OK' and she said, 'He's a prince.' I said 'Alright,' and she said, 'He's Prince Harry'. I said, 'Oh, OK'.'

'I didn't know what it meant. She could have been dating a Hollywood star and it would have been just as important to me, because you know either way they are both 'high numbers'.'

He continues: 'She said, 'Do you want to talk to him?' and handed him the phone. He said 'hello' in a very British way and we talked a bit and that was nice.'

In a Channel 5 TV documentary, Thomas Markle describes Meghan and Harry's behaviour as embarrassing

Mr Markle, proudly shows a picture of Meghan on the day of her birth, and describes her as a 'natural beauty' and the most 'special thing in my life.'

The opening scenes showed Thomas Markle looking at various royal gifts he has received, such as a mug commemorating the birth of Archie, his grandson.

The documentary moves onto his upbringing, and he shows a number of pictures of him as a young boy, in which he jokes: 'I looked like Harry...better looking' (pictured)

The documentary also looked at the early parts of Mr Markle's life before Meghan was born, Pictured: Mr Markle as a young man

The 90-minute documentary used previously unseen photographs and home videos to chart Meghan's early years

She lived with her father between the ages of 11 and 18. In the past, Mr Markle has claimed that he paid for his daughter's education.

Mr Markle, who claims he has not spoken to the Duchess since before the wedding, which he missed because of heart surgery, says he believes their relationship is now beyond repair 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019

Later, he claims he was told not to apologise to the royal family after he suffered a heart attack which meant he missed the royal wedding.

Oprah insists that nobody 'has the right' to question Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to leave the royal family 

Meghan Markle's close friends Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have launched an extraordinary defense of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step down from the royal family.

Oprah, 66, who has grown close with both Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, over the past few years, defended the couple after being stopped by reporters while walking with Gayle, 65, in New York last night.

In a video published by TMZ, Oprah said that she supported the Sussexes '1,000 per cent' in their decision to step back from the royal family, adding that she believes Prince Harry 'did what he needed to do for his family.'

She explained: 'I don't think anybody else has any right to say anything, when a person has sat and thought about what is the best decision for him and his family, and then he makes that decision... none of us have any right to say anything about that.'

'I apologise to you,' he says. 'I want to apologise to the Queen and to the royal family. I want to do that and I was told by them, 'don't'.

'And I was scheduled to go to the airport and go fly to England because they still wanted me to come to the wedding and be at the wedding.

'And at that time I got a massive heart attack and was then taken to the Sharp hospital, across the border.'

'It was in the evening, I'm not sure about the time, maybe about 9 or 10. They took me in and said, 'we'll stabilise you, we'll take care of you.'

He adds: 'It was bad. The doctors said that would kill me. They put a stent in here, and another one here.'

'I had the procedure, and I asked the doctor, 'can I fly tomorrow?' He laughed at me and said, 'there's no way you can fly anywhere.''

'So I spoke to Meghan and Harry. I think I rang them at this point, because I'd already told them I would be coming now. I called them and said, 'I can't come.''

'I'm sure Meghan cried and was very upset, and I'm sure Harry seemed upset.'

Mr Markle also told the programme: 'Meghan and Harry said they would protect me from [stress]. Their protection was simply to say, "don't talk to anybody".' 

Thomas (pictured during the documentary) also reveals he heard about his daughter's pregnancy on the radio while he was driving in his car 

The American has not spoken to his daughter since her wedding in May 2018, and admitted crying as he watched her tie the knot with Prince Harry

He also discusses hearing that his daughter was pregnant through the radio in his car, rather than over the phone like he had always dreamed of.

'I was sitting in my car waiting to cross the border and I heard the good news from the royals is that Meghan is pregnant,' Thomas explains.

'Which is almost a joke when you tell people, well you heard it on the radio.'

'This is my daughter, talking about my grandchild. She's going to have a grandchild that's mine.

'I'm not hearing about it on the phone, I'm hearing about it on the radio.'

He did not hold out much hope of a reconciliation, saying: 'The last time they might see me is being lowered into the ground. I don't think at this point they're thrilled to see me or want to talk to me.'

In the film, Thomas Markle: My Story, he said he was embarrassed and disappointed by Meghan and Harry's decision to step back from their duties as senior royals.

The 90-minute documentary used previously unseen photographs and home videos to chart Meghan's early years, when she lived with her father between the ages of 11 and 18. In the past, Mr Markle has claimed that he paid for his daughter's education.

He said he had sold Facebook shares to pay £15,000 towards her first wedding to producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but claimed she had given him no financial support since marrying Harry.

Mr Markle, speaking from his home in Mexico, also told how he only learned Meghan was pregnant when he heard it on the radio.

He added: 'It's almost a joke when you tell people you heard it on the radio. This is my daughter talking about my grandchild. She's going to have a grandchild that's mine and I'm not hearing about it on the phone. I'm hearing about it on the radio.' 

The 90-minute documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, explores the background to what it calls his 'complicated' relationship with his daughter and their dramatic fallout in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

Moment 17-year-old Meghan Markle happily greets her mother Doria and grandfather while father Thomas films on camcorder in unseen home video released for first time in documentary

Intimate home footage filmed on Meghan Markle's last day at high school shows the future Duchess of Sussex mingling with both her mother and estranged father in the years before the family's very public falling out.

A glamorous-looking Meghan, who is aged just 17 at the time, is seen surrounded by relatives including Thomas Markle and a beaming Doria Ragland at the private all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

The clip, filmed by Thomas in the summer of 1999, shows the future Duchess of Sussex making her way through a crowd of students towards her father, who she greets with a loving 'hi daddy' before tightly hugging a proud Doria.

Meghan is then caught enduring an awkward exchange with Doria's father Alvin, who bemoans how he does not see his granddaughter on a regular basis and 'no longer recognises' her, causing Meghan to laugh uncomfortably.

Doria is then seen warmly embracing her daughter's drama teacher Gigi Perreau, the 1940s film star who is credited as Meghan's first acting mentor.

Just a couple of months later, Meghan would move away from Los Angeles for the first time to study for her degree at Northwestern University in Chicago.

A glamorous-looking Meghan, who is aged just 17 at the time, is seen surrounded by relatives including Thomas Markle and a beaming Doria Ragland at the private all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles

The clip, filmed by Thomas in the summer of 1999, shows the future Duchess of Sussex making her way through a crowd of students before tightly hugging a proud Doria (pictured)

Meghan is also caught enduring an awkward exchange with Doria's father Alvin (top right), who bemoans how he does not see his granddaughter on a regular basis and 'no longer recognises' her, causing Meghan to laugh uncomfortably

The revealing home video, seen for the first time, was aired during last night's bombshell interview with Thomas Markle on Channel 5, in which he detailed the breakdown of his relationship with his daughter.

Moment Thomas Markle KNEW daughter Meghan Markle would be a star when he saw her aged 15 as Little Red Riding Hood in school play that he built set and lighting for

The Duchess of Sussex's estranged father has revealed how he knew his daughter would be an actress after seeing her perform as a teenager in high school plays.

Thomas Markle, 75, said he felt 'tremendous pride' watching Meghan act on stage at the private Catholic all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.

And a video was revealed in a Channel 5 documentary last night of one of Meghan's star performances aged 15 as Little Red Riding Hood in the play Into the Woods.

Thomas Markle, 75, told Channel 5 he felt 'tremendous pride' watching Meghan act on stage

The clip filmed in March 1997 showed Prince Harry's future wife confidently walking around the stage and delivering her lines with gusto.

Former TV lighting director Mr Markle also told a Channel 5 documentary last night how he helped build some scenery and rig the lights for plays at the school.

He said: 'I think I gave her a sense of pride, I think I gave her a sense of duty and work, I think Meghan would say that I did a very good job as a father.

'She was growing into a very nice young lady. I got involved (in school plays) because I watched a couple of their shows and I knew they needed a lot of work.

Meghan performs on stage aged 15 as Little Red Riding Hood in the play Into the Woods

Meghan was a keen actress at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California

'I just offered to come in and put some lights in, build some scenery and make the shows real shows. Meghan was in almost all those shows.'

Mr Markle added: 'When I saw my daughter performing on stage, I felt tremendous pride. I knew from the day she was born that she would eventually be doing that.

'It wasn't a surprise or a shock to me. It was just something I knew was going to happen.' 

Meghan's drama teacher was Gigi Perreau, who met Mr Markle on camera for the documentary for the first time in about 20 years.

The clip filmed in March 1997 showed Prince Harry's future wife delivering her lines with gusto

Meghan's father helped build some scenery and rig the lights for plays at his daughter's school

Mr Markle said: 'I met Gigi through the school itself because she was the head of the drama department and Meghan of course is 'I want to be in the drama department' and very pushy about 'I want to do the show'.

'She learned to be in front of people with you and she learned to get up and have enough guts to sing a song.'

Ms Perreau replied: 'Exactly, and boy she was nervous about that. One thing we worked on were listening skills, because I tried to demystify acting, in other words 'it's not that scary - you listen to what the other person says and you respond'.

'I'm extremely proud of Meghan. I think she has really, as far as her role now as the Duchess, I think she's doing an amazing job.

Meghan starred in Into The Woods while at the all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles in 1997

A file picture of the private Catholic all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles

'And they said, well, do you think she's going to miss acting? And all I could do is laugh, as you're laughing now. I said, are you kidding?

'I said she's got the biggest acting job of any human being in the world. I mean from the moment she wakes up in the morning until that door closes and they have, whatever, their private time hopefully, she's out there being the Duchess of Sussex - and that's a big role, that's a huge role.'

In Andrew Morton's 2018 book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, he told how Meghan wrote in the programme notes for Into The Woods that she wanted to attend Northwestern University in Illinois, which she predicted would 'be her next stop on her way to Broadway'.