Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas Markle has revealed he found out about his granddaughter Lilibet’s birth on the radio – as he begged for the chance to meet her.
The 76-year-old said he was desperate to have a relationship with Meghan – but then threatened to expose “dirty laundry” about the family in the trailer of an upcoming interview.
In the interview, the retired Hollywood lighting engineer asks to be forgiven for his “one dumb mistake” and says he is desperate to make amends.
“I haven’t spoken to her since two days before they got married,” he said in the 40-second trailer.
“I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter.”
Thomas and Meghan have been estranged over claims that he staged photos in return for cash.
But in a move that could damage the relationship even more he said: “You want dirty laundry? This is the first time I’ve ever discussed these things.”
“I’m very pleased that my daughter and my new granddaughter had a successful delivery, ” Thomas told The Sun Online.
“I wish them all my love and the best of luck.”
Thomas is yet to meet Prince Harry and has not seen his grandson Archie.
According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, it’s unlikely he will meet his new granddaughter anytime soon.
“As it stands it seems unlikely that either grandfather will meet their new granddaughter for some time,” he told the Daily Mail.
Thomas and Meghan’s relationship soured in the run-up to their 2018 Windsor Castle wedding, when he admitted agreeing to stage pictures of himself.
Earlier this year he said he has apologised “100 times” to Prince Harry and his daughter – but claims they still won’t talk to him.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan opened up about her relationship with her dad and said she was left feeling crushed when he lied to her.
Meanwhile, there has been speculation that the couple’s choice of names for their daughter is an “olive branch” to the Royal family.
Royal expert Gyles Brandreth said on Good Morning Britain that the Queen was “not asked but informed” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that they were naming their baby Lilibet- her childhood nickname.
Angela Levin said this week that Meghan and Harry’s use of the “private” name was “rude” and even “demeaning” towards the Queen.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, whose middle name was given in memory of her grandmother Princess Diana, arrived at 11.40 am on Friday in California.