Meghan Markle’s dad made Prince Harry promise ‘not to raise his hand against my daughter’ when the royal asked to marry his daughter.
In his first ever interview on Good Morning Britain this morning the retired lighting engineer revealed what the Duke of Sussex told him about Brexit and US President Donald Trump.
Thomas Markle Snr was not able to walk his daughter down the aisle due to ill health and is yet to meet any of his daughter’s new family.
Mr Markle spoke of the moment the Duke of Sussex asked for permission to marry the then Ms Markle.
He told the programme Harry asked for her hand on the phone and I said ‘You are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission’.
The father of the Duchess of Sussex said he was not fazed by his daughter marrying into the monarchy.
Thomas Markle told Good Morning Britain he had held phone calls with the Duke of Sussex, adding He’s great, he’s an interesting guy.
When asked how he felt about the former Suits star’s nuptials, he said My daughter has been a princess since the day she was born.
He added He made a good pick, didn’t he.
He also discussed conversations he’s had with Prince Harry – who he is yet to meet face-to-face.
It’s been over the phone, we’ve had some interesting conversations on the phone. He’s a smart guy. He’s an interesting guy.
I was complaining I didn’t like Donald Trump. He said give Donald Trump a chance, I sort of disagreed with that.
The 73-year-old added I think he was open to the experiment (of Brexit).
Mr Markle also spoke about the emotional moment he told his daughter he would not be able to walk down the aisle in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
Mr Markle told the programme They were disappointed.
Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you’.
On Charles walking his daughter down the aisle, he said I was honoured, I can’t think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles.
I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle, he added.
I’m recovering from a heart operation but I’m doing much better, he told GMB.
Speaking of the controversy after allegedly being caught staging photographs with the paparazzi, Mr Markle said ”I spoke to them both and I apologised.
I realised it was a serious mistake. It’s hard to take it back.”
He said the staged snaps were not for money but to improve his image.
I thought it would be a nice way of improving my look, but obviously that all went to hell.
I feel bad about it, I apologised for it, it was a mistake.
Mr Markle said he watched the wedding from an apartment where he was recovering after leaving hospital.
He said She was beautiful. It was incredible watching her. I cried a little bit about it.
I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn’t me (walking her down the aisle) but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that.
The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. That upsets me somewhat.
He added I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than my daughter (on her wedding day), ever.
Mr Markle said on the wedding day in May I was laying on the couch and I wouldn’t have been able to walk her down the aisle.
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