For the old romantics among us, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the dream couple. From their wonderful meet-cute right through to their breathtaking wedding ceremony, the span of their whole relationship is nothing short of goals. And their relationship culminated in a truly beautiful way - through the birth of the couple's first baby.
Baby Archie was eventually introduced to the world after much secrecy during Meghan's pregnancy. The entire world was gushing over the royal baby, but there is just one person who hasn't shared this enthusiasm - Meghan's dad.
Keep scrolling to learn about why the new grandad hasn't met his grandson yet, and why it's looking pretty likely that he won't be meeting him any time soon...
The public have had a long relationship with Prince Harry.
via: Getty ImagesBeing born into the royal family meant he had the spotlight on him pretty much from his birth, in September 1984.
We've seen Harry go through a lot.
via: Getty ImagesHis mother, Princess Diana, died tragically in a car accident in 1997, when Harry was just twelve years old.
Growing up in the spotlight can't have been easy.
via: Getty ImagesBut most agree that Harry has handled it with grace and dignity (a few slight scandals aside). He's known for being a little bit cheeky, but it's clear that he has a heart of gold.
Harry has had a couple of public relationships during his lifetime.
via: ShutterstockBut in 2016, he met actress, Meghan Markle, and things seemed to change for him. He was blown away by the US television star.
Markle was best known for her role in Suits.
via: Getty ImagesIn the US drama, Markle plays a brilliant paralegal named Rachel Zane. Before her high-profile relationship with Harry, this was how the vast majority of the public knew her.
Though some claim that she was always going to be something a little "more" than an actress.This image of the star in her youth, posing for a tourist snap outside her future home, Buckingham Palace, was shared online when Harry and Meghan got together.
The pair hit it off pretty quickly...
via: Getty ImagesThey were set up by mutual friends, who thought that the two might be a good match. They went public with their relationship in 2017, with one of their first appearances at the Toronto Invictus Games.
The public were struck by the couple's natural chemistry.Whenever they were spotted together, they looked the living image of love's young dream, unable to stop catching each other's eyes and grinning. They subsequently announced their engagement in November 2017
As with royal tradition, the pair wed at Westminster Abbey.
via: ShutterstockThe wedding took place on May 19th 2018, and it was one of the most-watched television events of all time.
And, as you'd expect, it was filled with adorable moments.One that particularly captured the internet's attention was the moment that Harry lifted Meghan's veil. Many thought that the look between the two was super romantic.
The wedding was the perfect television event.It combined British royalty with a whole host of American celebrities. At what other event would you find Oprah, Tom Hardy, the Beckhams, and Princess Eugenie?
Harry has long been a royal favorite.
via: Getty ImagesHe seems to have a down-to-earth, self-deprecating sense of humor which has endeared him to the general public.
He's also incredibly cute with kids.
via: Getty ImagesHarry has a charmingly childlike side, which is shown here as he jokes with his friend, David Henson's, daughter Emily. Which made the announcement of Meghan's pregnancy all the more exciting!
The couple together have always held a natural instinct with children.
Not least because the baby photos of both Harry and Meghan were nothing short of adorable.
now that meghan markle is pregnant we all need to emotionally prepare ourselves for the Cutest Child In All Of Huma… https://t.co/pYNarkQUhS— emma lord (@emma lord)1539592164.0
Of course, there were some jokes, too.
Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the sa… https://t.co/WTTLv8OFmZ— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz)1511789024.0
The pair weren't shy about making public appearances.
via: Getty ImagesMeghan and Harry were pictured together many times during Meghan's pregnancy, with the mom-to-be always looking amazingly polished and put-together.
But unlike William and Kate, Megan and Harry decided against the post-birth photoshoot that we're used to seeing after the birth of a royal.In early April, Buckingham Palace released this statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
The formal post-birth photocall at St Mary's hospital has been a tradition for forty years.And some people weren't happy about the breaking of this tradition.
Did Meghan and Harry infringe on our "royal rights" by not immediately showing us their baby?The New York Times noted that British tabloid, The Sun, wrote, “Keeping the nation in the dark over details, even after the birth, is a bad look for the royal couple [...] The public has a right to know about the lives of those largely funded by their taxes. You can accept that, or be private citizens. Not both." Yikes.
Though we think we can understand their decision...Kate Middleton was criticized pretty badly for her post-birth photocalls. Actress, Kiera Knightly, in an article called 'The Weaker Sex', published in Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies), wrote that Kate put on "The face the world wants to see". “Hide," she continued, "Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate…. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers."
And Meghan's been criticized by the public much more heavily that Kate ever had been.
On May 6th, Harry and Meghan's first child was born.
Buckingham Palace has announced the Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son weighing 7lbs 3oz and mother and child are doing well— Sky News Breaking (@Sky News Breaking)1557150066.0
Though we didn't get a glimpse of the royal baby straight away...Instead, a visibly ecstatic Prince Harry greeted the press and announced the safe delivery of his new son. Harry gushed, "How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there." Our hearts.
The couple didn't publicly show their baby for another 2 days.
via: GettyOn May 8th, a whole 2 days after the birth, Harry and Meghan walked into a room of selected media in Windsor Castle, cradling "Baby Sussex."
And his name was revealed later that day...
But there's an obvious figure missing...
via: TwitterMeghan's dad, Thomas Markle.
It's no secret that there's been drama between the pair...
via: TwitterHis absence since Meghan became a part of the Royal Family instantly spurred suspicions that there has been a family feud, and when he failed to attend her wedding to Harry due to "health problems," well, it only seemed to pour fuel on the fire.
Thomas claims to have heard less and less from his daughter since her marriage...
via: YoutubeSpeaking on British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, back in 2018, Thomas insisted that he had apologized to Meghan in regards to the stunted paparazzi pictures that he agreed to pose for in exchange for payment - but she simply continued to "ghost" him.
But Thomas has made some recent and sour remarks about Harry...
via: Getty ImagesThe former Hollywood lighting director made a very recent dig at Meghan and Harry's consistent use of private jets. "I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?" he said to The Sun. "He obviously has no problem getting on private jets."
It has since been reported that Meghan has cut all ties with her dad...A source told The Sun that "it’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore."
It seems that he has completely been cut off from Meghan and the Royal Family...
via: Getty Images"This was actually a decision she made some time ago and it is something she’s now coming to terms with," the source went on to say.
In a bid to "protect her son..."
via: Getty ImagesThe Royal couple have made their intentions perfectly clear and it seems pretty obvious that they don't want Thomas having anything to do with baby Archie. "It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son," the source said.
Thomas seems to be desperate to meet his new family...
via: Getty ImagesIn his interview with The Sun, Thomas went on to say: "I would like them to send me a picture of Archie so I can frame it and put it on my wall beside the one of Meghan." "Of course I’m disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out."
This refusal has clearly made the estranged dad bitter...
via: TwitterHe went on to say, "Everyone raves about how gracious and wonderful they are but they are not wonderful to their own family."
We don't know whether Thomas' claims are true...
via: Getty ImagesAnd we have no idea about what is said or what goes on behind closed doors. It is clear that Meghan no longer wants her dad in her new, and much more polished life, and Thomas is going to have to simply accept the fact that his daughter has chosen her new family over her old.