Meghan Markle's estranged father Thomas Markle is taking some serious flak from fans for his latest TV interview. He appeared on Good Morning Britain last month with perhaps his most inflammatory comments about Markle, Prince Harry and the royal family yet. Markle's admirers are not taking it lightly.
Thomas has disparaged his daughter in public before, but on Tuesday, Oct. 19 he actually reversed course in a way. In the past, Thomas has complained that the royal family was insulating his daughter from the rest of her family, while now he criticized Markle and Prince Harry for stepping away from royal life. He also felt that their new work as private citizens dishonored their royal connections. He said: "Harry's coming out with a book, and that can't be anything but cruel and to insult his grandmother, the Queen. It's a ridiculous idea, and it's just something for money. That's all they're doing. Everything they're doing is for money."
"Do you think they're happy?"— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) October 19, 2021
"The book should not be called Finding Freedom it should be Finding Money"
Thomas Markle says everything Prince Harry & Meghan 'are doing is for money' and Prince Harry's book can't be anything but cruel & insult his grandmother'. pic.twitter.com/oYJBkpHAcR
Thomas also said that his daughter has "changed" since beginning her relationship with Prince Harry, despite many indications that he did not know Markle or spend much time with her in the years before her royal wedding. Markle's fans threw all of this in his face this week as his new quotes circulated. Here's a look at the responses he got.
Pot & Kettle
Thomas Markle must be desperately broke…again. What a deadbeat dad attacking his child for profit & notoriety. Shameless. Take lessons from Doria pls. Meghan Markle is right to cut him off from her kids’ lives#GMB must be shamelessly desperate for ratings - he isn’t newsworthy— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) October 19, 2021
Some commenters thought that Thomas' mention of Markle and Prince Harry's financial situation was more likely a reflection of his own financial state. They speculated that Thomas is doing TV appearances and interviews for the payments he may receive from the networks.prevnext
Don't Blame Her
Thomas Markle is being wheeled out again to attack Meghan and her brother is going on Australian reality show to attack her.
I don't blame her for cutting off these weirdos out of her life.#gmb— Mukhtar (@Mukhtar_iam) October 19, 2021
Fans thought that his new batch of interviews perfectly illustrated why Markle has not had contact with her father, and why he was not invited to the royal wedding.prevnext
While Thomas Markle is out here peddling his daughter, Meghan Markle, to the highest bidder, can we spare a moment to appreciate Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, who has been caring and supporting Meghan and her family in “silent dignity”?— Innanoshe Richard Akuson (@Innanoshe) October 19, 2021
To contrast Thomas' behavior, fans highlighted some of the most supportive moments from Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.prevnext
Enough Thomas Markle, ‘oh, my interviews will make her talk to me? Not if you are insulting her in interviews. Money - I wonder how much money you are making Markle from all your interviews? Predicting what Harry’s book is about, not that smart or you would stop the interviews😳— behonestpeople (@CathyMingo) October 19, 2021
Fans questioned Thomas' motives for doing all these interviews, noting that he must not be interested in regaining contact with his daughter. If so, they thought this was an extremely poor way to go about it.prevnext
Thomas Markle cud do with taking a leaf outta the queen's book when it comes to loving and protecting an offspring. I suspect Meghan kept Thomas at arm's becos of Samantha and Thomas Jr. ❣️❣️❣️— minikin (@minikin321) October 19, 2021
While Thomas gave his sympathies to the queen in his latest interview, commenters suggested that he follow the queen's lead when it comes to handling the press. They suggested that he should have picked up on royal decorum through common sense by now, if nothing else.prevnext
My mom is not the one to play with. The show would have been canceled after the first question.— Gina (@Gina53020543) October 19, 2021
Some commenters said that seeing Thomas' interview made them thankful for their own parents by comparison. Others said that they could sadly relate to Markle in this instance.prevnext
Seriously though @GMB stop exploiting this man for ratings - if you genuinely want to help him reconcile with his family, stop calling him to do the very thing that got him estranged in the first place.— Jarrell Anthony (@callmejazzman) October 19, 2021
Finally, many people said that Thomas had no place speculating about what was in Prince Harry's book before it comes out. Many also pointed out that his daughter Samantha Markle was just as exploitative of her royal connections in her own memoir last year.prev