It will take more than televised pleadings for Meghan Markle to trust her father again.
The claim was made by British author Andrew Morton who once helped Princess Diana publish her biography.
In 2018, Morton wrote a book on the Duchess of Sussex titled “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,” which explores the former “Suits” star’s rise to stardom and the whirlwind marriage to Prince Harry, 37. . On Tuesday, the British author republished his book, titled “Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy”.
Introducing new chapters and interviews with some of Markle’s closest family and friends, it examines the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind the palace gates, as well as what ultimately led to their decision to step back as members of the royal family.
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On the same day his updated book was released, the former Hollywood lighting director appeared on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” and said he was “very worried” that he would not live to meet. the couple’s children.
“When it comes to Meghan, there is just a complete lack of confidence,” Morton told Fox News. “She just doesn’t know that, if she reached out, if it would cause Thomas to immediately go out and sell the story to the tabloids. She can’t risk it. And it’s very sad because the reality is, Thomas is is not getting any younger, and he has yet to meet his grandchildren.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a son named Archie in 2019, followed by a daughter named Lilibet in June this year. The family resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California. Thomas, 77, lives in Mexico.
Thomas refused to attend the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess in 2018 after participating in staged paparazzi photos. At the time, the Patriarch referred to an upcoming heart operation for his absence.
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The former American actress, 40, sued publisher Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over five articles from February 2019 that reproduced large parts of a letter she wrote to Thomas about his marriage. Thomas, who has spoken to the press often about his relationship with the Duchess, claimed his daughter gave up contact with him after the wedding.
Morton said Harry was just as fiercely protective of his family.
“[When it comes to paparazzi]Harry goes into combat mode, “Morton said.” He immediately sued various agencies. One company has even filed for Chapter 11. He will go above and beyond to protect his family. Meghan has had an easier ride than Diana. “
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former ‘Suits’ star.
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After stepping down from royal duties, they gave Oprah Winfrey an explosive TV interview in March, in which the couple described painful comments about Archie’s skin color before he was born. The Duchess has spoken of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “concerning” and would be dealt with in private.
During his TV interview, Thomas also criticized Harry’s plans to publish a memoir next year.
“Harry is pulling out a book, and that can only be cruel and insulting his grandmother, the Queen,” he said. “It’s a ridiculous idea, and it’s just something for money. That’s all they do. Everything they do is for money.”
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Although financial terms were not disclosed, Random House has announced that Harry will donate to charity.
Morton pointed out that this was not the first time a member of the royal family had written a book.
“Obviously Diana worked with me on her biography and Prince Charles wrote his own thing,” he said. “So that’s certainly not shocking. I think Harry will focus on his relationship with his father and brother. Obviously he will include his mother. One of the things everyone has said about Harry is that he will give a straight answer to a straight question. And that’s what we can expect. “
As for Markle and her father putting their differences aside, Morton said “it’s complicated.”
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“The damage is done,” he said. “So where do you go from here? How can you get that confidence back, completely? It’s a sad story in every way.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.