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Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle says she has ‘cheapened’ Royal Family and is ‘not the girl I raised’


The Duchess of Sussex's estranged father has spoken in depth for the first time about the Megxit crisis – and accused his daughter of 'cheapening' the Royal Family and throwing away 'every girl's dream' for money.

In a TV documentary, Thomas Markle describes Meghan and Harry's behaviour as embarrassing, says they are 'turning into lost souls' and, in a reference to a discount American supermarket giant, adds: 'They are turning it [the Royal Family] into a Walmart with a crown on.'

He added: 'This is not the girl I raised.'

Mr Markle's intervention in the monarchy's worst crisis for a generation came as the Queen's top aides finalised a deal for the couple, who are quitting as frontline Royals and leaving Britain to seek financial independence.

Thomas Markle calls daughter Meghan's defection 'embarrassing'

In a Channel 5 TV documentary, Thomas Markle describes Meghan and Harry's behaviour as embarrassing

He tells the Channel 5 documentary: 'When they got married they took on an obligation, and the obligation is to be part of the Royals and to represent the Royals. And it would be foolish for them not to.

'This is one of the greatest long-living institutions ever. They are destroying it, they are cheapening it, making it shabby… they shouldn't be doing this.'

The 90-minute documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, explores the background to what it calls his 'complicated' relationship with his daughter and their dramatic fallout in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

He tells the Channel 5 documentary: 'When they got married they took on an obligation, and the obligation is to be part of the Royals and to represent the Royals. And it would be foolish for them not to'

In addition, it charts Meghan's formative years – she lived with Mr Markle between the ages 11 and 18.

It is expected to be broadcast imminently, though a date has not yet been fixed.

Sitting on a wicker chair at his home in Mexico, Mr Markle, 75, a retired Hollywood lighting director, is filmed talking thoughtfully about the Sussexes' decision to break from the pressures of Royal life and step down from their duties.

He says: 'With Meghan and Harry separating from the Royals… it's disappointing because she actually got every girl's dream.

'Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she's tossing that away… it looks like she's tossing that away for money.'

And referring to their refurbished home at Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle, he says: 'Apparently $3 million and a 26-room home isn't enough for them… it is kind of embarrassing to me.'

The couple have agreed to relinquish their public funding – and repay the cost of work on their home – as they seek to become financially independent, giving them the licence to strike commercial deals as part of their Sussex Royal brand. Some experts predict the brand could be worth at least £400 million.

Source: Read more from Daily Mail

My view: Meghan Markle don't like the pomp and pageantry that surrounds the royal family, so she decided to walk away from it, good for her. I think Meghan's Dad should learn how to maintain a dignified silence and not comment on everything about his daughter or badmouth her, enough already.

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