I’ll take Harry and Meghan to COURT in the US to see my grandchildren, says Thomas Markle in new interview at his Mexico home
Thomas Markle is threatening to take his estranged daughter Meghan and Prince Harry to court in order to see his grandchildren.
The 77-year-old former lighting director has yet to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, or his son-in-law.
But speaking to Fox News, Mr Markle said he was ready to take the matter to court ‘in the very near future’.
Mr Markle has had a strained relationship with his daughter ever since the royal wedding, before which he struck a deal with a paparazzi photographer to stage photos of him.
He then pulled out of walking Meghan down the aisle at the ceremony after suffering a heart attack, with Prince Charles taking his place.
Meghan later told Oprah that her father had ‘betrayed’ her and she ‘found it hard to reconcile’ with him. The relationship has only grown more tense as Mr Markle has continued to talk to reporters and paparazzi.
But with his ailing health continuing to deteriorate, Thomas has said he fears he will never get to meet Archie, 2, or baby Lilibet, who was born on June 4.
Speaking at his Rosarito, Mexico home, 70 miles from the Sussexes’ LA mansion, he said: ‘We shouldn’t be punishing [Lili] for Meghan and Harry’s bad behavior.
‘Archie and Lili are small children. They’re not politics. They’re not pawns. They’re not part of the game. And they’re also royal and entitled to the same rights as any other royal.’
In the interview, Mr Markle also slammed Prince Harry’s announcement of the upcoming release of his memoirs in 2022.
The book, published by Penguin Random House with a reported $20m advance, will cover the ‘highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned’ of his life as well as last year’s Megxit crisis.
But Mr Markle suggested that ‘after three sessions with the psychiatrists and Oprah Winfrey’, the Prince would not ‘have too much more to tell’.
Last month Mr Markle launched an attack Harry and his daughter, calling them ‘cold’ for refusing to see him – and saying even ‘axe murderers’ are visited by their family.