Thomas Markle and Prince Charles are unlikely to meet their new grandchild anytime soon due to ongoing rifts with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, royal experts say.
Prince Harry and Meghan, based in Montecito, California, welcomed their second child Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday, June 4.
Their daughter weighed 7 lbs 11 oz, and the couple announced her birth at 5pm today via their Archewell website, rather than Buckingham Palace as they did for their son, Archie.
The couple’s statement — who have given up royal duties since the birth of their firstborn — also used American spellings such as “honour” when revealing the news.
It is thought that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was one of the first family members to greet the newborn, as she was close to her daughter following Archie’s arrival in 2019.
However, Royal biographer Robert Jobson has explained why it’s unlikely we’ll see the other grandparents share in the joy of a face-to-face meeting.
He told FEMAIL: “As it stands, it seems unlikely that either grandfather will meet their new granddaughter for a while. Thomas isn’t the only one having trouble with Harry and Meghan.’
Thomas Markle has not met Prince Harry or Archie, he has appeared in a series of explosive interviews about his strained relationship with his daughter. In the photo: Meghan with her father
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, weighing 7lb 11oz
In the early days of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Thomas Markle was rarely seen in public and seemed to exercise his conscience to maintain his privacy.
However, the 76-year-old is said to have teamed up with a British paparazzi photographer to take a series of photos just days before Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018.
Among the photos, Thomas had been measured for a suit to wear to the landmark event, flipping through a book of British landmarks and training to get in shape.
He was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle, but withdrew from the ceremony due to health issues.
In an interview he claimed to have hung up on Prince Harry, whom he still hasn’t met, in a heated exchange after the staged snaps for money.
Royal author Nigel Cawthorne, said Thomas Markle will likely meet his grandchildren in the future, but not right now. In the photo: Meghan and Harry with baby Archie
Thomas’ relationship with his daughter appeared to have deteriorated after the altercation as he gave interviews after the wedding, claiming he was “cut off” as punishment.
The retired Hollywood lighting director who lives in Mexico gave an interview claiming that he had not received an invitation to Harry and Meghan’s wedding while his ex-wife Doria Ragland was given a scroll with the Queen’s formal announcement by two representatives in her home in Los Angeles.
Thomas said, ‘No one came to my door in Mexico. I would also have liked to have had the engagement announcement.’
He has appeared in a series of explosive interviews since Meghan and Harry tied the knot, which is said to have sparked a further rift.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are pictured at Kensington Palace, London, with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (left), December 1986
Meghan lived with her father between the ages of 11 and 18, while Thomas Markle claimed he paid her school fees and tuition
Despite Thomas claiming to have been close at one time, he never met his grandson Archie and claimed he… only learned that his daughter was pregnant when he heard it on the radio.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Call Me Diana: The Princess of Wales on Herself, believes Thomas will not meet his grandchildren until the distant future.
“In time, he most likely will, but right now, for obvious reasons, he won’t be at the top of the couple’s list,” Nigel said.
Harry has claimed that he left the royal family to “break the circle of pain” he has suffered. Pictured: Prince Charles and Prince Harry at the 2019 global premiere of ‘Our Planet’
Harry will probably channel his mother’s inclusive philosophy. While it can be satisfying for certain reasons to exclude a grandfather from seeing a grandchild, there is also a grace in forgiveness.
“Diana had such grace, even if it sometimes took a conscious effort to do the right thing.”
The comment comes as Harry’s relationship with his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen is also under scrutiny, as he claims his father abandoned him as a child.
In a recent US mental health podcast, he claimed he… moved to California with his family to break “the cycle” of “pain” he suffered as a member of the royal family.
Archie hasn’t seen any of his British relatives since he was six-months-old. Pictured: Members of the Royal Family at Prince Philip’s funeral
He likened his experience to the upbringing Charles received from the Queen and Prince Philip, saying the Prince of Wales had ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’.
He also admitted that he wanted to quit The Firm in his ‘early 20s’ due to ‘what it did to my mum’ and said Meghan encouraged him to have therapy and had herself now concluded: ‘You don’t need to be a princess’.
Prince Harry had just months earlier accused a member of the Royal Family of racism towards his son Archie, two, as one of many truth bombs during a sit down with Oprah Winfrey.
Royal sources have claimed the Queen is ‘deeply upset’ by what she considers a series of ‘very personal’ criticisms of the family.
The monarch saw Prince Harry for the first time in more than a year at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip and hasn’t seen her two-year-old great-grandson, since November 2019.
Royal author Phil Dampier recently told The Sun, the 95-year-old may never see Archie again, as he hasn’t seen any of his British relatives since he was six-months-old.
Phil said: ‘I think there is a very real danger the Queen will never see Archie again or never see her new great granddaughter which is tragic.
‘I can’t see how when they [Meghan and Harry] go on about compassion and family problems, but don’t let their grandpa or great-grandmother see Archie.”