A month after not being able to attend the Royal Wedding, Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, gave his first ‘tell all’ television interview to Good Morning Britain. He revealed intimate details about his relationship with his daughter and the Prince.
Thomas Markle is still recovering from the heart surgery that prevented him from walking Meghan down the aisle on her Wedding day, but he said he is ‘doing much better’ now.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Markle says he feels like a ‘footnote in one of the greatest moments in history’ after he was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018
Although the Duchess’ father is yet to meet his new son in law face-to-face, Markle revealed, “We’ve had interesting conversations over the phone.” He also called Prince Harry a ‘very nice man, gentleman, and very likable’.
According to his interview, Meghan first told her father about the proposal, but later, Prince Harry officially asked her father for permission to marry his daughter via a phone call. Markle said, “Harry got on the phone with Meghan. They told me together, and Harry asked for her hand over the phone.”
On asking Markle for his blessing to marry his daughter, her father asked him to make one promise. “You’re a gentleman,” he said. “Promise me you’ll never raise a hand against my daughter and of course I give you my permission.”
He also commented on his daughter getting married to the Prince, saying, “Of course it comes out as a ‘wow,’ but this is my daughter. My daughter is certainly a prize for him as well. Yeah, he’s great, he’s an interesting guy, he’s a prince, but my daughter’s been a princess since the day she was born. I don’t have a problem with that.”
Some viewers were not pleased with by his response to Prince Harry and took to Twitter to express their views. Others believed Mr. Markle should have simply stayed clear of the media after being involved in previous scandals. Good Morning Britain was also criticized and accused of conducting the interview only for ratings.
The poor guy clearly hasn’t learned from his experience. Still baring all to the media on request. Was cringeworthy to watch how hard they worked to drag something controversial out of him.
— Craig_01 (@01Craig01) June 18, 2018
You dont see her mum baring all to media it's called Privacy and Respect ! Shame on you GMB that was cringeworthy at it's best
— sha (@shazzastokes) June 18, 2018
I think he was being totally selfish. What was the need for him to get his voice out, more important than his daughter’s feelings. He tatement that the Prince better not lay a hand on her! What a joke!
— Whitney Devlin (@whitneydevlin) June 19, 2018
Thomas Markle claims that when Prince Harry asked his blessing to marry Meghan he said 'You are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission'.
Is it just me or is that an extraordinary thing to say?
— Rebecca Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) June 18, 2018
Was sympathetic towards Thomas Markle at first. But this shows he’s just attention seeking, he knows revealing Harry’s alleged political opinions is going to cause controversy. Guarantee he will have a book out within 6 months. #gmb
— Callum Troup (@callum_troup) June 18, 2018
Other social media users jumped to his defense, describing him a ‘good man’ and arguing that he is simply naive and is being taken advantage of by the media.
Thomas said he had ‘no idea’ that being in the media spotlight could be so complicated.
“Having the press at my door and following me at my door, yeah that kind of becomes an invasion a bit,” he said. Despite the intense attention from the media, Thomas trusts his daughter and said she is ‘capable of anything and she’ll certainly be a compliment to the royal family.’
He expressed his willingness to adjust to the media’s attention towards the Markle family and told Good Morning Britain, “Though my other family members are somewhat disturbed, but here again, it’s a compliment. My daughter is now seen all over the world as a Duchess. I’m very proud of her. I’ll adjust to this.”