Prince Harry and Meghan to be 'left on their own' says Myers
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The Duchess of Sussex talked for the first time about her strained relationship with her father Thomas Markle in an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year. Mr Markle has never met Meghan’s husband Prince Harry, nor his grandson Archie. Meghan and her father fell out after it emerged the retired lighting director had staged paparazzi photos ahead of the royal wedding.
When asked during an appearance on “Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” whether she felt “betrayed” that her father was “working with the tabloids”, the Duchess said that Thomas had denied it all.
She explained: “When I asked him, he said, ‘No, absolutely not [that he hadn’t been talking to the tabloids]’.
“I said, I just need you to tell me and if you tell me the truth we can help. And he wasn’t able to do that.
The Duchess, who is pregnant with her second child, also said that as a mother, she couldn’t imagine causing Archie the same pain.
She noted: “I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child, so it’s hard for me to reconcile that.”
Many royal fans were saddened by her claims, as unearthed reports suggest she and her father did enjoy a really close relationship before she joined the Royal Family.
A source, who claimed to be close to the former actress, told People magazine in May 2018: “Meghan loves her dad.
“Like any father-daughter relationship, there have been ups and downs over the years.
“But they are in a good place now.”
Moreover, writing in her former lifestyle blog The Tig in 2016 about her work as a calligrapher, Meghan said: “When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have.
“The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”
According to Meghan’s ex-boyfriend, Joshua Silverstein, however, the issues between Meghan and her dad go back much further than most royal fans can possibly realise.
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Speaking to Us Weekly, Mr Silverstein, who says he knew Mr Markle from when he and Meghan were kids, offered some insights into the Duchess’ relationship with her father.
He explained: “I didn’t see him often…but I did know that Meghan’s relationship with her dad was complicated and I understood that as most teenager-to-parent relationships are.
“Being there when Meghan’s parents were divorced at that time…it’s hard raising your kids without the secondary parent.
“It’s all challenging. I don’t think there was anything specifically surprising to find out at that time because there were a lot of people that I knew [who] had challenging relationships with their parents.
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“But I did know about it.”
Mr Silverstein, who grew up to be a performance artist, stressed that he “couldn’t speak to the specificity of what Meghan went through” with her dad, but even though things “might have been strained” between the father and daughter already at the time, his interactions with Thomas were “very cordial.
However, he added: “I think at the end of the day, we’re all human beings and we all have to create boundaries with people that we may not want to create boundaries with…but at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you and your family.
“If that means creating a boundary with your parents, sometimes that’s what you have to do.”
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