Thomas Markle, father to Meghan Markle, has opened up about her birth in a new interview.
Speaking with 60 Minutes Australia, Meghan’s estranged dad explained how he was the first person to hold Meghan as a baby, even before her mother.
The pair fell out after claims from Meghan that Thomas staged paparazzi pictures of himself preparing for her wedding to Prince Harry – though he initially denied "working with the tabloids".
The Duchess of Sussex successfully won a court case against The Mail on Sunday after it published extracts of a letter she sent to her father, which he had shared with the publication.
Thomas has said Meghan would be "nothing" without him, telling The Mail: "What riles me is Meghan’s sense of superiority. She’d be nothing without me. I made her the duchess she is today.
'"Everything that Meghan is, I made her."
And now Thomas has opened up more about his daughter’s birth, telling the Australian news outlet: "August fourth, 40 years ago, Meghan was born, and she was born via C-section so she was put in my arms.
"I was the first person to hold her, and her little hand went around my fingers, and I fell in love with her, and I have been that way for 40 years."
Some old home videos of Meghan’s childhood was shown alongside Thomas’ interview, in which she can be seen to deliver a sweet birthday message to her dad.
"I hope you’re having the best birthday you’ve ever had," young Meghan said in one clip. "Thank you for everything."
Thomas continued: "I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter. Of course it hurts."
He said that even axe-murderers are afforded better treatment, elaborating: "There are axe-murderers in prison, and their family comes to see them. I’m not an axe-murderer. I made one dumb mistake and I’ve never been forgiven for it."
Thomas did not attend the royal wedding, at the time allegedly due to a heart attack.
Meghan said in a statement at the time of the wedding: "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."
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Meghan remains estranged from her father to this day.
Thomas doesn’t appear to shoulder much of the blame for the estrangement or Meghan’s mental health struggles.
When asked: "Do you think it’s possible that you’re partly to blame [for the move away from the Royal Family]?", he simply responded: "If I am, tell me why and how and I’ll try to fix it. But I don’t know why or how."
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