How Badly Does Thomas Markle Want to Meet Baby Archie?

Certain members of Meghan Markle’s family have long been a thorn in her side – particularly her estranged father, Thomas Markle, Sr. For over a year, the drama between Markle and her father has been a tabloid fixture, with almost daily updates about relations between the two.

With the recent arrival of Archie Harrison, Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby, it seems as though things between the duchess and her father might finally be reaching a good place. 

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

What happened between Markle and her father?

Meghan Markle’s history with her father has been long and troubled. Her father and mother divorced when she was very young, leaving Markle to divide her time between two different households. It seems as though she was close to her father, Thomas Markle Sr., throughout her childhood and teenage years.

She opened up in an interview about how hard-working and dedicated he was. He even showed up to her school plays to work with the lighting, in order for his daughter’s shows to look more professional. 

Somewhere along the line, the relationship between Meghan Markle and her father dissolved. When Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry was revealed, her father seemed to go out of his way to try and draw media attention to himself.

He gave multiple interviews to tabloids about Markle’s personality and history with the family, and shortly before her wedding, took part in a staged photoshoot which showed him preparing a tuxedo and brushing up on historical landmarks of Britain.

This was all too much for Markle and her new relatives, and for many months, reports say that she has had no contact with her father.

Does Thomas Markle Sr. really want to meet his grandson?

Ever since the birth of Archie Harrison on May 6, Thomas Markle Sr. seems to have undergone a personality adjustment. He’s been remarkably quiet and hasn’t been talking to the media nearly as much as in the past. He even released a statement when the baby was born, saying how happy he was for his daughter and son-in-law, and that he wishes health and happiness for his new grandson.

Many royal fans took the kind statement as a sign that the older man is really missing his daughter and genuinely wants to meet baby Archie Harrison. Babies have a way of bringing estranged families together, and it is entirely possible that seeing the baby’s adorable face during the birth announcement interview changed Thomas Markle Sr.’s perception of past events.

What might happen next?

A recent report revealed that Thomas Markle Sr. has been turning down offers of paid interviews.

The report claimed that while he has been contacted in days of late by several top international TV stations, requesting that he go on their programs and give further insight into his relationship (or lack of a relationship) with Meghan Markle, he turned them down flat.

If this report is true, it would be proof positive that Thomas Markle Sr. is hoping to repair past damage in his relationship with his daughter and that he genuinely wants to forge a new connection with her. Some royal followers believe that it is too late for them to establish trust, but only time will tell.

Even though Meghan Markle is hard at work with her new baby and will soon be returning to her royal duties, there’s little doubt that all she really wants is harmony at home.

Whether that means repairing relations with her father or ensuring that he stays well away from her and her family isn’t known yet, but more details will probably be revealed in the days to come.