Meghan Markle hasn’t had the easiest relationship with her father or her half-siblings. Before her marriage to Prince Harry, her poor relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, was made extremely public and people doubted if she would make a good royal if she couldn’t even get along with her own family.
Now that over a year has passed since the Duchess’ wedding, which her father did not attend, is she letting bygones be bygones? Has she let baby Archie meet his grandfather?
Meghan and Thomas Markle’s relationship
The tension between Meghan and her father came to a head when Thomas failed to attend her wedding. Originally, reports said that Thomas was unable to make it because he had recently undergone surgery after a heart attack.
Later, it came out that her father had been staging paparazzi photos and decided not to attend the wedding once his daughter found out what he had been doing.
Still, she wanted to let him back into her life.
“She was willing to forgive him,” a friend of Meghan’s once told Entertainment Tonight. “She kept on reassuring him she loved him. She was hearing about her father’s condition, his heart attack, through the tabloids. After the wedding, she wrote a letter to her dad about wanting to repair the relationship.”
In the letter, Meghan begged her father to reconcile with her and stop talking about her in the media.
“After the wedding she wrote him a letter,” another friend of the Duchess told PEOPLE. “She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.’ Because every time her team has to come to her and fact-check something [he has said], it’s an arrow to the heart. He writes her a really long letter in return, and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her. And she feels like, ‘That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?’ It’s almost like they’re ships passing.'”
Has Thomas met baby Archie?
Apparently, Meghan’s letter asking for reconciliation didn’t do the trick as Thomas is still estranged from his daughter and the royal family. He hasn’t even seen a picture of baby Archie yet.
“I would like them to send me a picture of Archie so I can frame it and put it on my wall beside the one of Meghan,” Thomas told The Daily Mail.“Isn’t that what any grandfather would want? I’d love to know if he’s got the famous Markle nose.”
“Sometimes I get the feeling people think I don’t love my daughter,” he continued.”I do love her very much. I would love nothing more than to put a picture of Archie in a frame and place it beside the one of Meghan … Of course, I’m disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out.”