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Thomas Markle: Meghan Said 'We'll Have to Call Him H'

Thomas Markle discusses courtship, politics, and missing the wedding
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2018 8:28 AM CDT
In this May 19 photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel.   (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP, File)

(Newser) – The father of the woman once known to the world as Meghan Markle, and now as Duchess Meghan of Sussex, is back in the news. Thomas Markle, who famously did not attend his daughter's wedding after it emerged that he was staging paparazzi shots to make himself look better, has given an interview to Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain. It may not go over well in Kensington Palace, notes BuzzFeed, given that the 73-year-old is offering up details of his phone conversations with Prince Harry. Among the highlights:

  • Politics: "Our conversation was, I was complaining that I didn’t like Donald Trump," said Markle, referring to a chat with Harry. "He said, 'Give Donald Trump a chance'. I sort of disagreed with that." Asked if Harry was still a Trump supporter, Markle answered, "I would hope not now. At the time he might have been."

  • The boyfriend: "The first phone call was, 'Daddy I have a new boyfriend', and I was like, 'That’s really nice'. Then the next call was like, 'He’s British', and I said, 'That’s really nice'. Eventually the third time around was like, 'He’s a prince' and at that point she said, 'It’s Harry' and I said, 'Oh Harry, OK." And then: "(She said) 'Of course we’ll have to call him 'H' so no one knows we’re talking about Harry.'"
  • The wedding: Markle described telling his daughter that he'd be unable to attend the wedding because of his heart trouble, made worse by his paparazzi controversy. "They were disappointed. Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you,'" he said, per USA Today. He added, "It was incredible watching her."
(Read more Meghan Markle stories.)

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