There’s a Good Chance Meghan Markle Will Never Let Her Father Meet Baby Archie

There’s no such thing as a normal family, it’s true. But certain family dynamics are more complicated than others. When it comes to the British royal family, that drama is increased by a million percent.

Even before Meghan Markle came along, the British royal family had more than their share of issues. Divorce, infidelity, backstabbing, secret trysts, feuds, rumors… the royal family history reads more like the plot of a soap opera. But Prince Harry marrying Meghan only dragged more turmoil into the mix.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Even though the Duchess of Sussex has a close, loving relationship with her mother Doria Ragland, she is basically estranged from other family members including her father Thomas Markle and siblings Samantha and Thomas Jr. And despite what Queen Elizabeth would prefer, these other blood relatives aren’t just going away quietly.

Meghan Markle once had a good relationship with her father

Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland separated when Meghan Markle was just a young child, but they decided to embark on a journey of peaceful co-parenting even though they weren’t together. Meghan’s mom was her primary caretaker, but Thomas Markle was an involved father and the two were close while Meghan was young.

Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland
Meghan and Doria | Steve Parsons – Pool / Getty Images

Thomas Markle worked in Hollywood as a lighting specialist and Meghan has even said her good memories of being on set with her dad is partly what inspired her to become an actress.

Thomas Markle has a problem with publicity

The trouble began in 2017 when Thomas Markle tried selling staged photos of himself getting ready to attend the royal wedding to multiple news outlets. Later, he lied about staging the photos, then went on TV and issued an apology. The media storm became so terrible that he ended up not attending Meghan and Harry’s wedding or walking his daughter down the aisle.

Then there were personal letters that Thomas Markle leaked to the press that Meghan wrote to her father. In the letters, she pleads with him to stop engaging with the media about her. Instead of listening, he keeps doing exactly what she said not to do.

Now Meghan Markle’s dad is demanding to meet baby Archie

Even though Thomas Markle is technically Archie Harrison’s grandfather, he hasn’t met the baby yet because of the strained relationship between Thomas and Meghan. And based on recent comments he made in public (yet again), there’s a good chance he never will get the introduction he craves.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie Harrison
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie Harrison | Chris Allerton/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Markle opened up to British news source Mail on Sunday to complain about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “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,” he said. “Of course I’m disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out.”

He needs to try a different approach

Before this latest development in the saga, Thomas Markle had remained relatively silent, which led some royal fans to wonder if he was trying to rekindle his relationship with Meghan Markle by finally quieting down. However, the fact that he was willing to talk to tabloids about his daughter yet again is just proof that he hasn’t learned his lesson.

Thomas Markle could potentially repair his relationship with his daughter Meghan and meet his new grandson. But only if he finally figures out what she really needs from him — privacy and decorum. Plus a forever moratorium on speaking with tabloids.