Thomas Markle, the estranged father of Meghan Markle, is once again speaking out about his daughter, Prince Harry, and the royal family. He is the focus of a new documentary called Thomas Markle: My Story, and “Entertainment Tonight Canada” is sharing some details from the movie in which he talks about believing he is owed something from the royals.
“I’m going to defend myself,” he said. “And I’m going to be paid for it. I’m not going to refuse to get paid for it. I’ll do future things and be paid for it, I think. I don’t care. At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me. Meghan owes me. What I have been through, I should be rewarded for.
“My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years, she would take care of me,” he continued. “I’m in my senior years now. I’m 75 years old, so it’s time to look after Daddy.”
More from the documentary via PopCulture.com:
In that same documentary, Thomas, who has given dozens of scathing interviews in the years since his daughter and Prince Harry became engaged, also admitted that he hasn’t been completely truthful with his words, admitting that he lied during a June 2018 appearance on Good Morning Britain just after the royal wedding. As royal watchers recall, it was around that time that his and the royals’ relationship began to sour after he was swept up in a paparazzi scandal.
“Actually on the Piers [Morgan] show, I lied,” he said, admitting that his daughter and Harry never called him following his health crisis just days before the wedding. “I made their image appear better.”
Thomas went on to explain his reasoning for doing the interview for the documentary, saying, “[I want] everyone to know that I am not all the trashy things that are being said about me. I want Harry and Meghan to see that this is not fair. To them, I don’t exist.”
Markle and Prince Harry recently split from the royal family and gave up their senior royal duties to become independent.
The Queen released a statement last week about their decision:
Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.