Just be supportive challenge failed.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Thomas Markle has made some questionable comments about the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys daughter. Baby Lilibet Diana was born on June 4, and the whole world was waiting on the edge of their seats to learn more about the latest addition to the royal family. Apart from an official statement announcing Lilibet’s birth, the couple have kept pretty private with any additional details. After recent attacks on their character by their own family members, one can hardly blame the couple for attempting to keep things close to the chest. Thomas Markle's reaction to Meghan and Harry's daughter doesn’t help. While he expressed elight over his grandaughter’s birth and Meghan and Harry’s choice of name, he didn’t have much else to say that was supportive.
After first pleading with Oprah Winfrey to interview him, Thomas sat down with Australian TV show 60 Minutes for a chat and said he now thinks Oprah is “exploting” the Sussexes. In the interview, he once again expressed his remorse for past behavior, while expressing his dismay about not meeting Meghan’s daughter.
"No phone calls, I just heard it on the radio,” he said of the baby’s arrival. "Lily is a perfect name, and the other thing that makes me happy is now there's a lot more Markle blood in the royal family. All I can say is I hope I get to eventually, sometime see these grandchildren of mine because I'm a pretty good grandpa."
Thomas seemed well aware of the fact his relationship with his daughter may be irreparable.
“I'll be 77 years old,” he said. “Most of the Markle men don't make it much past 80. So there's a good chance I might never see my grandchildren. I'm not looking for pity. I'm just saying that's a reality."
It was in May 2018 Thomas was caught selling staged photos to tabloid press for a quick payday. The Duchess’ father was originally supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle that month, but failed to show at the wedding. Looking back, he’s aware he was in the wrong. “If I am [to blame for the estrangement], tell me why and how I'll fix it,” he told 60 Minutes.