Meghan Markle ’s dad hung up on Prince Harry after a heated phone call following his staged paparazzi photos, it was reported last night.
Thomas Markle claimed Harry called him to ask him directly if he had co-operated with the staged pictures showing him being fitted for his wedding suit.
But Thomas claimed he was so upset by Harry, 33, berating him as he lay in his hospital bed recovering from a heart attack that he put the phone down on him.
The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged dad admitted the prince was “absolutely right” to admonish him.
But he added: “There is a time and a place to say what he said but not when I’m lying in hospital after a heart attack.”
Markle, 74, spoke to the Mail on Sunday about the incident that happened shortly before the couple tied the knot at Windsor Castle in London in May.
The former TV lighting director was embroiled in an embarrassing furor after secretly collaborating with a paparazzo on photos that showed him being fitted for a suit for the couple’s nuptials.
After the pictures made headlines around the world, Harry called Markle to ask if he had cooperated with the photographer. He denied it.
Then, a couple of days later, after the Mail on Sunday exposed the fact that the pictures had been a set-up that netted the photographer more than $125,000 and earned Markle a smaller amount, Harry and Meghan called Markle again.
Meghan’s dad had suffered a heart attack in the meantime and was in the hospital recovering from the health scare.
Markle told the Mail that the prince, who had previously warned his future father-in-law not to go to the press, said, “If you had listened to me this would never have happened.”
Markle said he replied, “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead … then you could pretend to be sad.”
Admitting he was “upset” by the phone call and thought the timing was “rude,” Markle added, ‘Then I hung up.”
Looking back now, after having not spoken to his daughter since the day after her wedding, Meghan’s dad says Harry was “absolutely right” to criticize him.
“I’m not mad at Harry. I’m not mad at Meghan. I love them. I wish them well,” he said. “But as for the rest of it, f—k it. I’m done.”
After this incident, Thomas told in an interview: “I felt disrespected by them. I was recovering from a heart attack, lying in a bed, having a phone call, and the things were being said that hurt me. I felt like I was being blamed for my mistakes when I was in my hospital bed recovering from a heart attack.”
Lets head to Meghan. She wants time apart from Thomas.
A US source revealed: “Royal officials have met and discussed how to deal with him complaining that she has cut him off. They know it is a problem.
“Meghan loves Thomas and does want to maintain a relationship with him in the long run. But at the moment she feels he needs and bit of space. She also wants to take a bit of time out.
“She is adjusting to married life and her new role in the spotlight. Meghan is hopeful that things will get better but it will take time. There is no quick fix.”
Last month he said that Meghan was not picking up his calls and that the liaison at Kensington Palace was not answering his messages.
Now courtiers are understood to be acknowledging that the situation cannot continue.