Thomas Markle has escalated his feud with his newly royal daughter. In an appearance on British television Monday, Markle asked Queen Elizabeth herself to intervene and help him reconnect with daughter Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex. In an 18-minute interview, he told Good Morning Britain he and Meghan haven't spoken since her May wedding to Prince Harry, the New York Times reports; he claims he texts her every day, to no avail. "I would appreciate anything she can do, and I would think she would want to resolve the family problems," he said of the queen after host Piers Morgan suggested the 92-year-old could get involved. "All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and should be together at the holidays."
Though Markle defended his daughter against the negative stories coming out about her in the press, he did say, per E!, that "she's always been a very controlling person—that's part of her nature—but she's never been rude, to my knowledge. ... Like I said, she's always been in charge. That's her nature. But she's always been polite with it." Reaction has not been very pro-Thomas Markle: One blogger published an essay accusing him of being manipulative and emotionally abusive; many are also calling out the British media for giving him a voice. Also not coming off well: Piers Morgan. "It's seriously disturbing the way both of these men are demanding the attention of a woman (who wants nothing to do with them for good reason), as if she were their property," reads one sample tweet. (Markle did another interview about Meghan earlier this month.)