Written by by Uses Deveney, CNN
For now, even at the height of wedding fever, Meghan Markle will remain in the spotlight as her life as a future royal unfolds. Now, new claims are emerging about her relationship with her father Thomas Markle.
Documentary filmmaker Richard Fitzwilliams says Thomas Markle has “a complete lack of trust” in his daughter. In his new book — titled “Markle: A Royal Love Story” — he says Meghan is upset about Thomas’ behavior and has repeatedly delayed dealing with her father.
Thomas Markle had been invited to his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry in May, but pulled out of the ceremony due to health concerns. He gave an interview earlier this month in which he said he was “dumbfounded” by his daughter’s marriage to the royal prince, alleging that Meghan had “stolen” him from his wife.
The Daily Mail described the wedding as “feisty” with the wedding speech, presented by the groom, “extremely well received.”
CNN attempted to reach Thomas for a comment via text messages on Tuesday but he did not respond.
“Meghan’s entire world revolved around him, and yet he had become totally her albatross,” said Fitzwilliams, a broadcaster who has interviewed the couple in the past.
“She puts a lot of pressure on him and she wouldn’t be able to cope if they lost him,” said Fitzwilliams. “He suffers from heart problems and health concerns, but he isn’t in a good place right now.”
Meghan Markle has previously described her father as “the love of my life.”
“He has been my rock, my loving father and best friend. Through this most difficult time, he has provided me with unwavering support,” she said in a statement released in the weeks following her wedding.
William Lovegrove, communications professor at the University of Chester, said he sees no indication in the new claims that the relationship between Thomas and his daughter has improved.
“It’s a sad story, but ultimately I am surprised it’s taken so long,” he said. “I think you have to go back and read the press and paparazzi pictures that have taken place this year. I don’t think she’s feeling any different from the time in May when she spoke about him.
“I think it’s mainly because of his very public appearances on the tabloid newspapers and tabloids,” he said. “I think it’s not an act that they have come to give a ‘speech’. He has been giving a speech many times.”
CNN reached out to Thomas for comment last week and also received a response from Kensington Palace, which described him as “a proud father who did not want to disrupt the day by attending and has a heart attack waiting to happen.”