Thomas Markle has heavily criticized his daughter and Prince Harry in a recent interview, branding comments made by the Duke of Sussex as "stupid."
In a new interview with Australia's 60 Minutes, Thomas Markle discussed his daughter Meghan and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
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Thomas branded comments made by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as "stupid" and says he "contradicts himself so much."
In an explosive new interview, the estranged father opened up about the claims made in Harry's recent Apple TV+ documentary series which he co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can't See.
When asked whether he felt sorry for Harry over the apparent mental health issues they have struggled with surrounding the royal family, he answered:
"Yes, but he contradicts himself so much."
Meghan's father criticized the claims Harry made about the lack of support his daughter received from the royal family when she was suicidal. "He said my daughter was thinking of suicide and he went to the royals and they didn't help him. Well, you don't go to the royals. You pick up the phone and call a doctor. It's like saying I wanted to leave the house but nobody opened the door for me. It's stupid."
Thomas is still unsure as to why he was shut out of their lives.
He claims he is yet to meet grandson Archie and new baby Lilibet, even over video chat, and hasn't spoken to Meghan since 2 days before her 2018 wedding.
"I've made mistakes. I apologized a hundred times for it," Thomas told Channel 9 interviewer Tom Steinfort, "The bottom line is she didn't lose me, she made a statement saying she lost me, she didn't lose me. I would've always been there for her, I'm there for her now if she wants me. I've never stopped loving her. I don't agree with all the things that my children they do. But I will always love them. And I certainly love Meghan."
Back in May, The Duke of Sussex claimed the couple "spent 4 years trying to make it work."
However, when they sought help from the palace over Meghan's mental health struggles, they were "met with total silence, total neglect."
He added, "We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job, but Meghan was struggling. That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option but to leave."
During the interview with 60 minutes, Thomas was questioned whether he considered himself partly to blame for the mental health issues his daughter faced.
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He responded: "Partly through some percentage but I was there at any time. She could have called me any time. She has my phone number. So no."
He also commented that the decision to quit their lives as senior members of the royal family was their "biggest mistake."
"Leaving the royals because that's what she married into and that was explained to her and that the people of England loved her and loved Harry."
"I mean, they were the stars and everybody loved them in England and they walked away from that so when they walked away, they walked away from the people too. It was a mistake. They could have worked it there."
Upon asking if he had any advice for his son-in-law, Thomas said:
"Yes, think about the royals. Stop giving away all of the secrets about the royals and love your children and your wife but also love your grandmother and your father."
Prince Harry has been very open about his relationship with his father Prince Charles in recent times, and he claimed he moved to Los Angeles after splitting from the royals to "break the cycle" of "genetic pain and suffering" passed from generation to generation.
"I don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on, basically," Harry said told actor Dax Shepard in a podcast back in May.
Harry and Meghan still claim to have a good relationship with grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, however.
They recently named their daughter Lilibet, after the Queen's family nickname, and reside in Los Angeles with their son, Archie.
You can watch the full interview now on Australia's 60 Minutes.