Families can be complicated, but most of us are lucky enough to live our lives in private. For Meghan Markle, her alleged dispute between her father has become common knowledge, and this is the truth behind their complicated relationship.
Family feud
Royal Family disputes don’t tend to become public knowledge, but Thomas Markle Sr. seems determined to air his dirty laundry in the press. It appears that in doing all of his talking through the papers instead of face-to-face with Meghan, Thomas has upset his daughter.
Family feud

Showing Meghan the way
Meghan might be a household name thanks to her role in the legal drama Suits, but she wouldn’t have had a taste for Hollywood without her father. Thomas worked in the entertainment business when Meghan was younger as a lighting director and worked on the famous sitcom Married… With Children. He even won an Emmy for his work, but he decided to leave the entertainment world behind him in 2011. This seemed to coincide with Meghan’s rise up the Hollywood ladder.
Showing Meghan the way

Not on good terms
Thomas might have shown Meghan the way in Hollywood, but they haven’t always been on great terms. Her father split from her mother, Doria Ragland, when Meghan was a young girl, and she only ever saw Thomas every so often. With Meghan spending most of her time with her mother after her parents got divorced, she drifted away from her father. Their relationship deteriorated, and a video emerged of Meghan as an 18-year-old driving past her dad’s house but not going in because they “weren’t on the best of terms.”
Not on good terms

Wanting to know more
Before Meghan married into the Royal Family, she wasn’t the most famous actress the world had ever known. That meant that her strained relationship with her father was largely kept under wraps and people instead spoke about her talent, blogging skills, and life with her co-stars. After becoming romantically involved with Prince Harry, people began digging, and once they knew her relationship with her father was on the rocks, they wanted to know more. With so much focus on finding out information, Meghan couldn’t keep her father a secret for long.
Wanting to know more

Watching from afar
As the digging into her family life began to intensify the press learned that Meghan’s father liked to live a “solitary” life. It was understood that Thomas moved to Mexico to keep a low profile after retiring from show business.  Thomas was reportedly, “hiding in a seaside town” as he wanted to live peacefully while watching his daughter’s success from afar. In the build-up to the wedding it was revealed that Thomas had not yet met Prince Harry, something he still hasn’t done to this day.
Watching from afar

Money troubles
The more people found out about Thomas Markle Sr., the more they discovered he had a history of money troubles. Thomas once scored a lottery win of $750,000 in 1990 but chose to spend it all on his kids, leaving him with just his salary. When he retired, he came into financial difficulty and had to declare himself bankrupt in 2016. It seems as though Thomas Sr. wasn’t able to rely on Meghan for any help as her half brother and sister came forward to announce.
Money troubles

Wedding duties
At most weddings the father of the bride will give his daughter away at the ceremony, but with a strained relationship, it seemed unlikely Thomas would do it for Meghan. Thomas lived so far away from Meghan but did confess in a 2017 interview that he would “love” to walk the future Duchess of Sussex down the aisle. Many news sources took this as Thomas’ confirmation that he would be at the wedding but as the big day approached, arrangements would change.
Wedding duties

Tricking the press
Just a few days before the wedding it was still unclear if Thomas would be attending his daughter’s wedding or not. Photographs emerged of Thomas apparently having a suit fitting, and many news sources once again took his actions as a sign he would be at the wedding. These images were later discovered to have been a setup from Thomas, and it was reported that Meghan’s father had actually received some cash for the images. This news would eventually reach Buckingham Palace and Meghan.
Tricking the press

Palace finding out
The news inevitably found its way to Meghan’s ears, and it’s fair to say it didn’t go down well. She was reportedly angered by her father’s attempts at gaining such attention and Meghan allegedly had a few strong words to say to her father. It was at this time that TMZ reported that Thomas would not be attending his daughter’s wedding, and in turn, not walking her down the aisle. Thomas then let people know he had a heart attack six days before the wedding so missed out for health reasons.
Palace finding out

Doing it for Meghan
Thanks to an interview Thomas did with TMZ, the world thought he was missing his daughter’s wedding due to health reasons. He wouldn’t be able to fly so soon after heart surgery, and the trip from Mexico was just too far. Later Thomas claimed that instead of the health reasons, he stayed away and told TMZ a different story. Meghan’s father said he didn’t want to attend the wedding because he didn’t want to embarrass his daughter, or the Royal Family.
Doing it for Meghan

Back and forth
Thomas began sending mixed messages to the press. Just one day after he told TMZ he didn’t want to embarrass his daughter, Thomas was claiming that he would walk Meghan down the aisle. He insisted he was putting his health concerns aside and would make the trip. However, just a few short hours after making these claims to TMZ, he once again changed his tune. Thomas confirmed once and for all that he wouldn’t be heading to the wedding, and it’s understood he was having heart surgery on the same day.
Back and forth

Focusing on his health
With so much confusion surrounding Thomas’ involvement in the wedding, Kensington Palace had to make an official statement. Meghan said she had “always cared” for her father, but he needed to stay away from the ceremony for health reasons. This meant that there would only be one member of Meghan’s biological family attending her wedding to Harry. Meghan’s mother Doria was representing her entire family, which once again sent the rumors flying. This was seen as proof there were some issues between Meghan and her family.
Focusing on his health

Digging for dirt
People wanted to know more about why Meghan’s family were seemingly not allowed to come to her wedding. Media sources went digging for news, but they didn’t have to look too hard in the end. Thomas Markle Sr. spoke to the Daily Mail for a total of nine hours, where he laid bare many of the issues between himself, Meghan, and her step-siblings. Just months after the wedding, and Thomas’ heart surgery, Meghan’s father was letting the world know, in fine detail, the reason behind their strained relationship.
Digging for dirt

Reaching his limit
Thomas didn’t seem to be looking for any kind of forgiveness or reconnection with Meghan in his interview. Instead, he let the Daily Mail know that “she would be nothing without me” and that she has always had this air of “superiority” about her. Thomas said he had given everything to her when she was a child, but Meghan didn’t want to thank her father for turning her into the “Duchess she is today.” Meghan’s father confirmed his daughter hadn’t spoken to him in months.
Reaching his limit

Time to rebuild?
Some media outlets were suggesting it was time for Meghan to reach out and forgive her father, but that wasn’t on her agenda. The Sunday Times reported that Meghan had absolutely no intention of rekindling a relationship with Thomas. Apparently, Meghan didn’t want to “engage” with her father for fears of him going straight to the press with another story for him to make money from. Upon hearing this news, it was reported that Thomas didn’t receive it very well and came up with a new plan.
Time to rebuild?

The last straw
Meghan worried about her father going to the press but in February 2019 sent an emotional letter to him. She hoped he would stop reaching out to the media because it was hurting her. Meghan extended an olive branch, but Thomas took this letter and did exactly what Meghan had hoped he wouldn’t. Thomas sent the letter to the Mail on Sunday, and the paper released content from the note. This was understood to have been the last straw for Meghan and reports claim she is looking to sue her father.
The last straw

Butting heads
Meghan is allegedly trying to sue Thomas for publishing confidential material, and it looks as though tensions aren’t going away anytime soon between this father and daughter. Contact is broken between them and with so many reports in the media the tensions only seem to be rising. Thanks to his history of selling information about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly unwilling to trust her father. Thomas seems to believe the only way to speak with his daughter is through the press, which is allegedly making things worse.
Butting heads

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