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Son who first met his late father four years ago says he ‘thought we would have more time’

A Scottish man who first met his late Croatian father in his forties before struggling to keep in touch admitted that he “thought they would have more time.”

Long Lost Family reunited father-of-three Robert Lindsay from Ayrshire, Scotland, with his father, Mladen Durdevic, from Split, Croatia – but the reality of living so far apart took their toll and contact between father and son soon took off.

And unfortunately, after meeting him for the first time in 2015 and spending time as a family, Robert never saw his long-lost parent again – because Mladen died suddenly two years later.

In tonight’s emotional episode of tonight’s ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father’s grave, admitting that he “ regrets that things were no different. ”

Robert Lindsay, from Ayrshire, Scotland, who first met his late Croatian father in their forties before struggling to keep in touch, has confessed that he 'thought they would have more time' in tonight's episode about Long Lost Families

Robert Lindsay, from Ayrshire, Scotland, who first met his late Croatian father in their forties before struggling to keep in touch, has confessed that he ‘thought they would have more time’ in tonight’s episode about Long Lost Families

He reunited with his father, Mladen Durdevic, from Split, Croatia in 2015 - but the reality of living so far apart took their toll and contact between father and son soon waned

He reunited with his father, Mladen Durdevic, from Split, Croatia in 2015 - but the reality of living so far apart took their toll and contact between father and son soon waned

He reunited with his father, Mladen Durdevic, from Split, Croatia in 2015 – but the reality of living so far apart took their toll and contact between father and son soon waned

Robert’s mother was in a relationship with Mladen when she lived in London at the age of 18 before she became pregnant and returned to the support of her parents in Scotland, while her lover returned to his hometown.

40 years later, however, Mladen and Robert were delighted to be reunited after Scottish woman Lesley contacted the program.

“Meeting my father was very important,” Robert, who grew up with his mother and maternal grandparents, told the show. To have that moment of ‘You have a father’ was great ‘.

Robert even took his sons on a vacation to Croatia to meet their grandfather – but it turned out to be too difficult to keep in touch while they lived so far apart.

“The biggest challenge was the distance. Since I was a working parent with three children, it was not easy to say, “I’m just coming to Croatia,” explains Robert.

In tonight's emotional episode of tonight's ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father's grave, admitting he 'regrets that things were no different'

In tonight's emotional episode of tonight's ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father's grave, admitting he 'regrets that things were no different'

In tonight’s emotional episode of tonight’s ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father’s grave, admitting he ‘regrets that things were no different’

In tonight's episode, Robert was filmed returning to Croatia with his wife Lesley to visit his father's grave

In tonight's episode, Robert was filmed returning to Croatia with his wife Lesley to visit his father's grave

In tonight’s episode, Robert was filmed returning to Croatia with his wife Lesley to visit his father’s grave

And the phone calls became less frequent as the years went on – Robert even admitted that they hadn’t called each other for nearly a year because they both seemed to be waiting for the other to take the first step.

But unfortunately Mladen died in 2017, leaving Robert ‘shocked and emotional’.

“You think you should always make up for someone, but you always have borrowed time,” Robert admitted. “I’m so glad I got to know my dad, but I’m sorry it was no different. I just thought we would have more time. ‘

But the reality of living so far apart took their toll, and contact between father and son (above) soon waned

But the reality of living so far apart took their toll, and contact between father and son (above) soon waned

But the reality of living so far apart took their toll, and contact between father and son (above) soon waned

And unfortunately, after meeting him for the first time in 2015 and spending time as a family, Robert (pictured with his wife in Croatia) never saw his long-lost parent again, as Mladen died suddenly two years later

And unfortunately, after meeting him for the first time in 2015 and spending time as a family, Robert (pictured with his wife in Croatia) never saw his long-lost parent again, as Mladen died suddenly two years later

And unfortunately, after meeting him for the first time in 2015 and spending time as a family, Robert (pictured with his wife in Croatia) never saw his long-lost parent again, as Mladen died suddenly two years later

In tonight’s episode, Robert was filmed returning to Croatia with his wife Lesley to visit his father’s grave.

“I just feel sad,” the businessman admits. “It has been important to me to pay my last respects.

“I certainly feel calmer here, even though it is clearly a sad ending. Overall, I am so happy that I got to know him before he died. ‘

He added, “My father was an honorable person and it was a good idea to meet me at the beginning. I think I did the right thing as a son. ‘

In tonight's emotional episode of tonight's ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father's grave (photo), admitting he 'regrets things were no different'

In tonight's emotional episode of tonight's ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father's grave (photo), admitting he 'regrets things were no different'

In tonight’s emotional episode of tonight’s ITV show, the grieving son is seen paying his last respects at his father’s grave (photo), admitting he ‘regrets things were no different’

“Meeting my dad was very important,” Robert (pictured), who grew up with his mom and maternal grandparents, told the show. “To have that moment when you” you have a father “was great”

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