The Duchess of Sussex’s father has appealed for her to get in touch after months of silence – and even hopes Queen Elizabeth might intercede to end their estrangement.
Thomas Markle said he has been texting Meghan “every day” without response, adding that the pair have not spoken since her wedding to Prince Harry in May.
Speaking from San Diego, he told Good Morning Britain: “I love you very much, you’re my daughter and I would really like to hear from you.
“Whatever differences we have, we should be able to work them out.”
Of the Queen, he said: “I would appreciate anything she can do and I would think that she would want to resolve the family problems.
“All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together certainly around the holidays,” Markle said.
It was his first television interview since Meghan’s pregnancy was announced in October, the programme said.
The 74-year-old grandfather-to-be agreed that he had been “ghosted” by his daughter, telling host Piers Morgan: “I’m very disappointed by it – I’m not sure why it’s happening.”
He went on: “This can’t continue forever. I don’t plan to be silent for the rest of my life.
“I love my daughter very much and she has to know that, and I would really appreciate if she would call me, just reach out to me.
“There has to be a place for me. I’m here, she knows it…”
Markle suggested Harry and Meghan may have been influenced by press reports about him, saying: “The funny thing about my daughter and Prince Harry is that they believe everything they read in the paper.
“What’s happened, I’m not sure. I’d love to talk about it. I think it comes back to the fact that reporters pick up on interviews I’ve done and write their own stories and tell lies.”
He also denied a suggestion that Meghan had a tendency to dump people if she had no use for them, saying: “That’s really not a character trait.
“She’s always been very polite to everyone, never been rude to anyone. I don’t know what’s really happening right now.”
Markle concluded his interview by wishing Harry and Meghan a “merry Christmas” and saying he would spend the festive period with friends, giving out presents to unfortunate children.