Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle’s estranged father, said he wants to take her and Prince Harry to court so he can see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet Diana.
Thomas, 77, recently told Fox News from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, “I will be petitioning the California courts for the rights to see my grandchildren in the very near future.”
He went on to express his hope that Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family would not “punish” his grandchildren for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’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.”
Meghan Markle recently opened up about her strained relationship with her father, saying she could never “reconcile” with him for staging press photos and leaking a personal letter to the tabloids ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
Following the humiliating debacle, Thomas Markle stayed away from their wedding that year.
“I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child. I can’t imagine it, so it’s hard for me to reconcile that,” Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in March.
Meghan is close to her mother, Doria Ragland, 64, and told Winfrey, “You’ve never heard her say a word.” She stood there silently for four years, watching me go through this.”
Meghan and Harry, who both officially resigned from the royal family in February after stepping down the previous year, welcomed Archie in May 2019 and Lilibet in June this year.
The former “Suits” star told Oprah that her son was a topic of conversation for the royals because the family had expressed concerns about his skin color. She also discussed her mental health issues and stated that she had suicidal thoughts.