Meghan Markle’s dad wants to wish Duchess ‘happy birthday’ despite freezing out accusation | Royal | News (Details)



Thomas Markle Snr, 74, has revealed he has sent Meghan a birthday card in the days before she turns 37 next Saturday.

He also said he longs for a reconciliation with her and has claimed the former Suits actress has cut him out of her life since a shock scandal revealed he staged pictures for cash in the run-up to the royal wedding on May 19.

He said simply the Mail on Sunday: “Just wishing her birthday greetings, nothing more.”

He added: “Meghan is everything to me. I love her and always will.”

Just days before Meghan tied the knot with Prince Harry in a lavish Windsor ceremony at St George’s Chapel watched by millions, reclusive Mr Markle staged pictures of him on an exercise bike, getting measured for a suit and reading up on the royal family in exchange for huge sums of cash.

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He has since been pictured with cans of beer, but denies claims he has an alcohol problem.

He said: “I’ve been seen carrying a sic-pack of beer and they say I have a drinking problem.

“I regularly buy a six-pack for the guys on the guard gate at his gated community because they’re stuck in a hot shack for hours each day and could use a cold one.”

He added: “I don’t drink beer at all.”

When the scandal broke, Mr Markle pulled out of the wedding and his role of walking his daughter down the aisle to wed her prince, after a heart condition that he said landed him in hospital.

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Prince Charles stepped in at the last minute.

Meghan will celebrate her first birthday as a member of the royal family on August 4 where she is likely to be spoilt rotten by her new husband, 33, during a private celebration at their Kensington Palace residence.

Last year, Prince Harry whisked Meghan off for a romantic getaway for her 36th birthday when they were dating and was said to have arranged a BBQ under the stars for her.

Writing in her now defunct lifestyle blog The Tig before she and Prince Harry became engaged last November, she said of turning 36: “I am feeling so incredibly joyful right now, so grateful and content that all I could wish for is more of the same.”

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She also wrote of what she expects for her 37th: “More surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration.

“Always more inspiration.”

Following a year peppered with interviews, verbal attacks and scandals from her American family, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told celebrations this time around would more than likely be low key.

He said: “I wouldn’t expect anything at all spectacular, we may well never be told how she celebrates.

“Meghan has a serious image as a humanitarian activist and this is what she and Harry are concentrating on.”

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told they would not comment on Mr Markle’s remarks.