Thomas Markle expresses sadness over Archie and Lilibet 'missing out'

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Meghan Markle's dad has expressed his sadness over the fact that his grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, are being "denied" a Royal lifestyle.

As he nears his 80th birthday, Thomas Markle, who is estranged from his daughter Meghan, longs to meet his grandkids for the first time. Living in Rosarito, Mexico, roughly 400km away from Prince Harry and Meghan, Thomas finds it hard to fathom that he hasn't met his son-in-law yet, reports the Mirror.

He also hopes to forge a connection with King Charles, to discuss their mutual experience of not seeing their grandchildren. Thomas mentioned that even a photograph would bring him joy, as reported by New Zealand Woman's Weekly.

The recent Trooping the Colour ceremony, where Prince William's children - Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, nine, and Prince Louis, six - stood proudly with their family on the Buckingham Palace balcony, stirred feelings of pity in Thomas for his own grandchildren, according to the Express.

In a heartfelt interview with New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Thomas Markle shared his concerns: "It struck me as very sad that Meghan and Harry's kids are being denied the right to know their cousins, who look like fantastic children, or take part in things like Trooping the Colour, which is their birthright.

"They are getting to the age where they will start to ask questions, as all kids do. I find myself wondering how Archie and Lilbet will feel in a few years' time when they realise all the things they have missed out on."

Discussing the prospect of seeing his grandchildren, five-year-old Archie and three-year-old Lilibet, Thomas humorously noted that he never thought he'd share something in common with the King, both yearning for more time with their grandkids.

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Meanwhile, reports suggest that King Charles is contemplating a trip to Montecito, California, aiming to embody the role of a "friendly grandfather" to his youngest grandchildren.

Royal commentator Tom Quinn remarked: "He is desperate to see his them and hates the idea that Archie and Lilibet will not remember him as the warm, friendly grandfather he wants to be."

As Thomas approaches his 80th birthday on July 18, he has expressed that Meghan is the "one person I want to hear from most" - despite his genuine belief that she won't get in touch to wish him well on his special day or suggest a chance for them to reconcile.

The rift between Thomas and his daughter developed after his paparazzi scandal and his absence from her 2018 wedding. It's believed they have been estranged ever since.

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