Meghan Markle’s father Thomas, 73, is begging for his daughter to get in touch saying that he could die soon.
He claims that he has been shunned by the Palace since he sold staged pictures of himself to the paparazzi in the run up to the royal wedding. He told a newspaper that he wants to put their differences behind them and is worried about her. ‘I think she is terrified,’ he said. ‘I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile….I know her smile..this is a pained smile…I think she’s under too much pressure.’ He has also publicly revealed what Prince Harry said to him in a private conversation.
Meghan has been very close to her father and very much wanted him to walk her down the aisle. Now he claims he has only heard from her just after the wedding and says significantly: ‘I am her father and deserve some respect.’
Estrangement is a controversial issue and there were over 8,000 comments on line during just one day. Here is a small selection.
‘I don’t know why he keeps blabbing to the media if he wants to rebuild his connection with Meghan, but I feel sorry for him. Meghan should do the right thing and contact her father. She is behaving appallingly to her dad who gave her everything and helped get her where she is today.’
‘This is the man who sacrificed to pay for his daughter's private education. He played a huge role in making her what she is today, a refined, well educated woman. He may be a socially awkward hermit but he still deserves some respect from his daughter and son-in-law.’
‘He needs to shut up. He is nothing but an embarrassment to himself, his daughter and the Royal Family and he just doesn't "get it" the more he blabs to the press the less likely she will contact him.’
‘There is a strong stigma around parental estrangement but if a child has made that decision they have already been pushed to their limit. They have been forced to draw boundaries with a toxic parent who has failed to provide emotional, psychological and/or physical care. A child should not have to get anyone else's approval to set the boundaries they need to thrive, be emotionally healthy and live their life.’
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