‘I was jealous of Charles… I cried’: Thomas Markle tells bombshell documentary how he watched ‘beautiful’ daughter Meghan marry Prince Harry from a ‘safe house’ after being forced to stay away
In the 90-minute documentary that aired on Channel 5 this evening, a visibly crestfallen Thomas Markle described watching his daughter walking down the aisle, shortly after he had been released from hospital after suffering a heart attack.
He said: ‘I stayed at a safe house and watched the wedding. My daughter looked beautiful.’
‘I wish that I could have been there with her. I was certainly appreciative Charles was there.’
But an emotional Mr Markle told the interviewer he was ‘jealous’ of the Prince of Wales as he watched the ceremony on television, and that walking his daughter down the aisle was something ‘I really wanted to do’.
He added: ‘I admit I cried a bit about that.’ To this day I can’t forget that moment, she was beautiful. It was a nice wedding.’
He spoke about meeting his wife, and Meghan’s mother Doria, while working at ABC.
‘Not everybody seems to approve of those kind of relationships,’ he added with regards to being in a mixed-race relationship at the time.
‘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.’
He also accuses 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 spoke of his elation when he found out that Doria was pregnant.
He added: ‘When they handed me the baby I was thrilled I could not be happier. I looked at her and saw her face and finger around my finger and that was it. I knew she was going to be special.’
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’.
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.
In addition, it charts Meghan’s formative years – she lived with Thomas between the ages of 11 and 18.