On the 6th of May, Meghan Markle’s father sent in his official congratulations to his daughter and her husband Prince Harry upon the arrival of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. Archie is Thomas Markle’s 6th grandchild, first from his daughter Meghan. In his congratulations, there was only celebration of this fact and no undertone of distaste or hatred against the royal family as he has harbored for a while whenever speaking of his daughter and her new husband. In a statement to The Sun, Thomas Markle said:
I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well. I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor. God bless the child, and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”
Unlike in the past, this time he clearly did not refer to the Queen as a “dusty old crown” but instead joined in on saying God save the Queen. Having tried lashing out and along with straight up begging his daughter, 37, to heal the rift that has been steadily growing between them since he missed her May 2018 vows, the 74-year-old former lighting director is throwing out a Hail Mary: playing nice.
Because for as many insults as he flung his little girl’s way since she, as he claims, ghosted him after his initial interviews with the press, he never imagined he wouldn’t be privy to this pivotal moment.
Thomas Markle Jr. shared in another statement to The Sun regarding his father and sister’s feud, and his father’s realization that he may not get to meet his own grandchild Archie, saying:
“We’ve talked about this quite a bit over the past few weeks and this is actually a really scary subject for him. If he were to think he’d never be a part of the baby’s life that would be horrible for him, it would really hurt his feelings a lot. It’s one of his biggest fears and he can’t understand it if it goes that way. He’s hoping for her to open up her arms and unite and obviously he wants to be part of the baby’s life.”
Though Thomas’ public statements were purely positive, making no mention of his desperation to meet his grandson, his kids are here to play bad cop.
Thomas, Jr.’s take seems to be that the arrival of Master Archie (as the title-free newborn will be referred to) should serve as a wake-up call of sorts to Meghan about the importance of relatives. This, of course, ignoring the fact that she still remains exceptionally tight with mom Doria Ragland, the one person in her brood who has not spoken out about her despite being courted by Oprah Winfrey of all people.
He said to The Sun:
I’m hoping that becoming a mother will open up her eyes and shed light on what family means. Maybe she will see the importance of family now—and open up to my dad and let him be part of the baby’s life. In a perfect world, the whole lot of them would have been invited across the pond to pile into her London hospital suite. She should let the family come over and meet the new baby. Usually that’s what happens—everybody crowds into the hospital room to see the new addition to the family—we’d love that. I think everybody should be invited over to see the new baby. Hopefully she won’t be unfair and withhold him from everybody.”
That appears to be Samantha Markle’s take as well. The duchess’ estranged half-sister, known for labeling her as “incredibly rude” and akin to Cruella de Vil, initially offered well-wishes via DailyMailTV, saying,
Family is family. What I think is incredible is that it’s a great moment historically and although the adults have a lot of water under the bridge, I would really like to see everyone reach out.”
But soon after, she got back on message.
Telling The Mirror she rang a forlorn Thomas to inform him new photos had been released of Archie meeting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip alongside Meghan, Harry and Ragland, she said, “It’s sad. He should have been involved. Being excluded is like a dagger through his heart.”
Worse yet, she continued, it’s little Archie, whom she’s determined has the signature “Markle nose”, that’s missing out by “not getting to know a creative, loving person.”
And Meghan isn’t the only one she took to task. With Ragland on hand at the couple’s Windsor pad, Samantha feels the yoga instructor and social worker should have done more to encourage a father-daughter reunion. On the matter, Samantha said:
She could have said, ‘Get your dad out here.’ But sadly there seemed to be a lack of effort. I think everyone’s been hoping Doria and Meghan would have an epiphany, but I don’t know if it will ever happen. There’s a connection and we exist.”
Despite few signs a thaw is imminent, Thomas doesn’t seem ready to fully give up just yet. As recently as December, he said on ITV’sGood Morning Britain:
I’m certainly hoping that everything goes well and that they produce a beautiful baby and I’ll get to see a little Meghan or a little Harry. That would be very nice. I look forward to that happening…I’m hopeful. I think it should happen. I think she’ll make a great mom, and I think maybe things will soften a little bit and we’ll connect again.”