Young Archie and Lilibet are being ‘deprived’ of seeing their grandparents by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, her father Thomas Markle today claimed.
The 77-year-old father of the Duchess of Sussex accused the couple of being ‘terribly unfair’ to their children by keeping them away from relatives, including himself, their grandfather Prince Charles and great-grandmother, the Queen.
Speaking to Australian TV from his home in Mexico, 120 miles south of Harry and Meghan’s £11million Montecito mansion, he revealed he is yet to meet Archie, 2, and three-month-old Lilibet.
He also accused his daughter, with whom he is estranged, of having an ‘attitude’ not to let him to see his grandchildren.
Mr Markle said the only family member who had regular access to the children currently was Meghan’s mother, and his ex-wife, Doria Ragland.
But he vowed not to use legal avenues in order to see the children, saying he did not want them to be ‘used like pawns’.
Speaking to Channel 7’s Sunrise, he said: ‘I think they (Archie and Lilibet) are being deprived of seeing all their grandparents and I think they are being deprived of seeing all their relatives and I think that’s terribly unfair to them.’
Asked if he would consider legal action to see the children, he said: ‘I’ve had offers from several lawyers – pro-bono – because we do have the right to sue to see our grandchildren.
‘But to me that’s like trying to descend into a game and using them like pawns and I won’t sue to see them because I just think that’s using them and it’s not what I plan to do.
‘They shouldn’t be used, they are just babies. So no, I will wait.’
Thomas Markle (pictured) accused Harry and Meghan of being ‘terribly unfair’ to their children by keeping them away from relatives, including himself, their grandfather Prince Charles and great-grandmother, the Queen
Speaking to Australian TV from his home in Mexico, 120 miles south of Harry and Meghan’s £11million Montecito mansion, he revealed he was yet to meet Archie, 2, (pictured here with Harry and Meghan) and three-month-old Lilibet
‘I will wait patiently until they are ready to bring them to me. But as long as my daughter has the attitude she doesn’t want me to see them, that’s the way it’s going to be.’
He later urged the couple, who have been living in California since their acrimonious split from the Royal Family, to return to England.
‘I would like them, all four of them, to go back to England and fulfil their duties. It’s better for the children and it’s better for them,’ Mr Markle said.
‘By not taking back they are cheating their children. They also get much better protection in England than in Montecito.
Thomas Markle also urged the couple (pictured here with Archie and while Meghan was pregnant with Lilibet), who have been living in California since their acrimonious split from the Royal Family, to return to England
‘I would like to see them maybe make up with the Queen and make up with his (Harry’s) father, and then we can make up.’
The comments were made as part of a 15-minute long interview with the Channel 7 breakfast show, broadcast earlier toady.
Mr Markle, who earlier this year criticised his daughter in an exclusive interview with UK show Good Morning Britain, today described his daughter as ‘controlling’.
Asked if it was his daughter who was the ‘controlling one’ in their relationship, he said: ‘I believe that 100 per cent. My daughter is very controlling.’
Mr Markle also took a swipe at Prince Harry during his latest TV appearance.
He said he was yet to meet his son-in-law and that the Prince had not contacted him to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage prior to their 2018 wedding – for which Mr Markle was not present.
In another barbed comment, he also accused the 37-year-old royal of ‘failing as a husband’ over his handling of Meghan’s mental health claims.
Speaking during the couple’s interview with Oprah earlier this year, the Duchess, 40, said she had contemplated taking her own life.
But she said after going to palace officials for help, she was refused any kind of medical support.
Mr Markle, who earlier this year criticised his daughter in an exclusive interview with UK show Good Morning Britain (pictured), today described his daughter as ‘controlling’
Mr Markle said: ‘I think Harry was a total failure as a husband, because if a wife or child of mine came to me and say I have a psychological problems and was thinking about suicide I would get them directly to a doctor.
‘I wouldn’t have to go and check with someone first.’
It is not the first time Mr Markle has made the claim. After the couple’s interview with Oprah in March, he described the Prince as snotty and accused him of failing to support his daughter.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain earlier this year about his daughter’s mental health claims, he said: ‘It really did upset me, like I said, it would have been easy for her to reach out to me, any of the rest of her family, who she claims she doesn’t…