Meghan and Harry ‘depriving Archie and Lilibet seeing Queen’, says Thomas Markle

Meghan Markle's dad has claimed that his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet are being 'deprived' of meeting the Royal Family by Prince Harry and the duchess.

77-year-old Thomas Markle also said that the Sussexes are being 'terribly unfair' to Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 3 months, by keeping them away from him.

The only family member to regularly see the kids is Thomas' ex-wife (and Meghan's mother) Doria Ragland.

Thomas told Australia TV's Channel 7: "'I think they are being deprived of seeing all their grandparents and I think they are being deprived of seeing all their relatives and I think that's terribly unfair to them.

"I would like them, all four of them, to go back to England and fulfil their duties. It's better for the children and it's better for them.

"By not taking them back they are cheating their children. They also get much better protection in England than in Montecito.

"I would like to see them maybe make up with the Queen and make up with his [Harry's] father, and then we can make up."

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He also said he wouldn't resort to legal action to see his grandchildren because "that's like trying to descend into a game and using them like pawns and I won't sue to see them because I just think that's using them and it's not what I plan to do."

The comments were made during a 15-minute interview that aired yesterday (September 15) during which Thomas aimed some direct criticism at his son-in-law.

After a rather outdated rant about how Harry hadn't asked him for Meghan's hand in marriage, he accused the Duke of Sussex of 'failing as a husband' during Meghan's mental health crisis.

In the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March this year, Meghan claimed that she had felt suicidal during her time in the UK and that she was refused medical support from palace officials.

"I think Harry was a total failure as a husband, because if a wife or child of mine came to me and say I have psychological problems and was thinking about suicide I would get them directly to a doctor," Thomas said.

"I wouldn't have to go and check with someone first."

But royal fans have praised the pair for speaking about their mental health with charities detailing how celebrities discussing their own issues aid others to seek help.

It's been a year like no other for the Queen from the loss of her husband to heartache over Prince Harry. But Her Majesty has also had a lot of cause for celebration, including the birth of baby Lilibet. To mark what a year the Queen has had, OK! Magazine is bringing you a limited edition collector's issue. Get your hands on it here.

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