Thomas Markle says he is similar to Prince Charles because Prince Harry and Meghan are 'ghosting' both their families

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Thomas Markle says he is similar to Prince Charles because Prince Harry and Meghan are 'ghosting' both their families
Thomas Markle, left, and the Prince of Wales.60 Minutes Australia/YouTube, Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
  • Meghan Markle's father compared their relationship to that of Prince Harry and Prince Charles.
  • Thomas Markle told "60 Minutes Australia" that the couple were "ghosting" their families.
  • Harry spoke about his rifts with Charles and William during his interview with Oprah in March.

Thomas Markle said his rift with the Duchess of Sussex was similar to Prince Harry's relationship with Prince Charles.

In an interview with "60 Minutes Australia" that aired on Sunday, Meghan Markle's father compared himself to the future king by saying she and Harry were both "ghosting" their families.

"I think we'd get along quite well, and it's unfortunate what's happened to him as well," Thomas said of Charles. "He seems like a likable guy, and I actually appreciated the fact that he walked my daughter down the aisle. I certainly couldn't have asked for a better replacement, although I would love to have done that."

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The Prince of Wales stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle at St. George's Chapel on May 19, 2018, as Thomas had to undergo a heart procedure shortly before the royal wedding.

Thomas Markle says he is similar to Prince Charles because Prince Harry and Meghan are 'ghosting' both their families
Meghan Markle walks up the aisle with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.Dominic Lipinski/ - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan said in a statement at the time that she hoped her father could "be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

However, she said in court documents released in April 2020 that her father had refused to attend "as a result of him being so publicly shamed" by the press for staging paparazzi photos.

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The duchess and her father haven't spoken in three years.

Asked whether he saw similarities in Harry and Charles' relationship, Thomas said, "Yes, I see them both ghosting their families completely."

He added: "Now they're alone in a huge house they could probably accommodate 20 people in, and it's just the four of them. But I don't think they're going to have relatives over for a barbecue tomorrow, or next week, or next month."

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The Duke of Sussex said during his interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that Charles had refused to take his calls after he shared his plan in late 2019 to step back from royal life.

"When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls," Harry said.

He added that while "there's a lot of hurt that's happened," he'd "continue to try and make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship."

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Harry also spoke about his rift with Prince William, telling Oprah they were on "different paths." The brothers were photographed talking at Prince Philip's funeral several weeks after the interview aired.

And the couple spoke about Meghan's mental-health struggles, saying she didn't receive support from the institution when she asked for help after experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Harry "contradicts himself so much," Thomas said. "It's like with my daughter - he said my daughter was thinking of suicide and he went to the royals and they wouldn't help him. Well, you don't go to the royals, you pick up the telephone and you call the doctor."

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Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince of Wales did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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