It is a charming black and white photo made by a proud father of the baby that he & # 39; Meggie & # 39; called.
Framed and proud of the table in the living room, it is close to another photo hanging on the wall, that of an instantly recognizable young woman beaming with happiness as she snuggles up against her father during an American football game.
Both photos, says Thomas Markle, the alienated father of Meghan Markle, are moving daily memories of the gap that now exists between himself, the daughter he loves and his son-in-law Prince Harry.
Cherished photo: Thomas Markle's favorite photo of a baby Meghan that he & # 39; Meggie & # 39; calls
Warm reminder: Meghan and her father during a football match in her student days. She claims she has paid her way through college – something Mr. Markle disputes
Mr Markle's sunny living room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rosarito, a small beach community just south of the US-Mexico border, is full of photos of all his children, including Meghan's older half brothers and sisters, Tom Jr and Samantha.
But only Meghan has her own commemorative mugs, displayed on Mr. Markle's mantelpiece, celebrating her marriage in May 2018 to Prince Harry and the birth of the couple's son, Archie Harrison, born a year later – the grandson that Mr. Markle still has to meet.
While Mr. Markle has given only a handful of interviews and released brief statements to celebrate Meghan & # 39; s pregnancy and Archie's & # 39; s birth, he says he is subject to a & # 39; daily barrage & # 39; of untrue stories about him.
Today he pronounces for the first time since the birth of Archie because he feels that he is being unfairly defamed and removed from his grandson's life.
& # 39; I want them to send me a picture of Archie so that I can frame it and hang it on my wall next to Meghan's. Isn't that what a grandfather would want? I would like to know if he has the famous Markle nose. & # 39;
It was Meghan's 38th birthday last month. & # 39; I sent her a card through her financial adviser in LA, but received no acknowledgment & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; I have no idea if she has it.
Meghan depicted with baby Archie, who only ever saw Mr. Markle a photo on the internet
& # 39; I would like to do a piece in which I say the ten things that people don't know about me, but there are many more than ten. What upset me is when people who don't know me say negative things about me. Until you know me, what gives you that right? & # 39;
He never received an official wedding invitation (he was forced to abandon his plans to let his daughter walk down the aisle after two heart attacks) and, perhaps the saddest of all, he has only seen a photo of his new grandson on the internet .
& # 39; First, I love my daughter. She is my baby and this is my favorite photo of her ever & # 39 ;, says Mr. Markle, looking at the cherished framed photo of Meghan when he was two years old, first published today.
& # 39; I took that photo and I always enjoyed it because of the thoughtful look on her face. That was my Meggie.
& # 39; We were so close. I was coming home from work (he was an award-winning Hollywood light director) and I held her to my chest and we walked around for hours and hours.
& # 39; Anyone who knew me would be the first question out of their mouth: & # 39; How's Meg? & # 39; I've always talked about her. I was so proud of her. I'm still proud of her.
& # 39; Sometimes I get the feeling that people think I don't love my daughter. I love her very much. I would like nothing more than to put a picture of Archie in a frame and to place it next to that of Meghan. & # 39;
Mr. Markle never received an invitation to his daughter's wedding and he was forced to abandon plans to walk his daughter down the aisle after suffering two heart attacks
He points to the photo of him with a 20-year-old radiant Meghan taken when she was a student at the prestigious Northwestern University in Illinois.
Meghan secretly surprised her father, an American football fan, with tickets to a match at the Ryan Field stadium on the campus in Evanston, a suburb north of Chicago.
& # 39; It was an ice cold day and I had to keep running to buy more clothes to keep us warm & # 39 ;, he recalls. & # 39; The wind was blowing straight from Lake Michigan, but Meghan and I had the best time.
& # 39; I love that photo because it was such a happy day. I have so many happy memories like that.
& # 39; Until recently there was never a problem between Meghan and me. I stayed silent because Meghan was pregnant with Archie, but I now speak because she and their PR people keep getting me out of her life.
& # 39; Of course I am disappointed that I have not seen Archie. I had hoped that it would be a mother who would calm Meghan and that she would reach out. & # 39;
He has problems with famous friends of Meghan and Harry who launch personal attacks on him.
& # 39; People who don't know me judge & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; My daughter's new A-list friends have the right not to talk about me until they know me. & # 39;
Mr. Markle said: & # 39; I always hoped that I would be as close to Meghan & # 39; s child as to her when she was a child & # 39;
Mr. Markle says that he has repeatedly apologized for organizing photos with the paparazzi that appeared in this newspaper a few days before the wedding.
& # 39; I was approached by a photo agency that said it would be a way to improve my image because the press looked like a homeless person to me.
& # 39; It was a big mistake. I wanted to apologize publicly to the royal family, but Meghan and Harry told me not to.
& # 39; So I text & # 39; to Jason Knauf, who was then Harry and Meghan's secretary, and he asked me what I would like to say? I said that I wanted to apologize to the queen and the royal family and that I meant no harm. Those excuses never came true. I do not know why. & # 39;
When he had two heart attacks and ended up in the hospital, Mr. Markle never heard from his daughter or son-in-law again and was forced to cancel his flight across the Atlantic on the doctor's orders.
& # 39; The only thing I want to ask people is: & # 39; How would you feel if your father had a heart attack? & # 39; I texted them (Harry and Meghan) from my hospital bed and told them where I was. I have the lyrics to prove it. Yet Meghan never asked me how I am doing. Not then, not since. & # 39;
He has been stung by critics, especially those in the UK, who complain that he rarely sees his other adult grandchildren – Tyler and TJ, the sons of Tom Jr., and Noelle, Christopher and Ashleigh, the children of his oldest daughter Samantha.
In Meghan & # 39; s first major speech in Fiji last year (photo), she claimed that she paid her own way through the university
& # 39; British don't realize the scale of distances between us & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; When American families break up, there are thousands of miles between us.
& # 39; We keep in touch, but it's not that simple. You can't just jump in the car and go the way you can. We keep in contact as well as possible. & # 39;
The most troubling thing, says Mr. Markle, is the fact that last year in his first big speech in Fiji, his daughter claimed that she had paid her own way through the university and could not have paid the reported $ 200,000 tuition at Northwestern University without financial help.
Meghan told a group of students at the University of the South Pacific: & The journey of higher education is incredible, impactful and crucial.
& # 39; I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to pay for this level of education for many people around the world, including myself.
& # 39; It was with scholarships, financial aid & # 39; s and work study of my income from a job on campus that went directly to my tuition that I could go to college, and without a doubt it was all worth it. & # 39;
Not true, says her father, who was silent at the time because his daughter was pregnant.
& # 39; I'm sorry, but that's not true at all. I have paid every cent of her tuition and I have the bank statements to prove it.
& # 39; I have paid for her trips to Spain and England. I paid for her internship in Argentina. & # 39;
For his part, Mr. Markle admits that it is a & # 39; point of pride & # 39; was to pay the costs of his daughter even after she became an independently wealthy woman. & # 39; I told Meg that I would pay for her education and I did. It is what every father would do. & # 39;
He revealed the content of a letter sent five days after the Duchess's speech in Fiji to Meghan & # 39; s mother Doria.
Mr. Markle says it's a & # 39; point of pride & # 39; was to pay the costs of his daughter even after she became an independently wealthy woman
In it he wrote: & # 39; Meghan says she wants nothing to do with me and she has worked all through the university all by herself. I didn't say anything about it, but I'm sure reporters in the Northwest check to see who's paid her school. She cannot change history. & # 39;
Mr. Markle is tired of waiting for his daughter and Prince Harry to forgive him. & # 39; I'm tired of the lies. I'm tired of being defamed and excluded from their lives.
& # 39; I have always maintained my responsibilities as a father. Meghan & # 39; s comments about paying her way through the university are offensive to me.
& # 39; I don't want anything from Meghan or Harry, but I'm not going to remain silent until the whole truth is known. I will continue to say everything that is said about me that is not true.
& # 39; I have to stand up for myself. I will continue to speak and I will not remain silent, & he added.
& # 39; No father deserves this kind of abuse if he has been so good to his daughter. Ask everyone who knows both of us. I have been very kind and generous to my daughter. & # 39;
On Meghan's old website, Tig, a lifestyle blog that she created after her engagement, she has repeatedly credited her father for turning her into the woman she is today.
There was a famous message about how she got a form at school and was asked to identify her ethnicity.
Meghan did not know which box to choose because she did not want to insult her mother or father.
She came home and asked her father who told her: & # 39; Draw your own box and say who you are and I will support you. & # 39;
& # 39; I told her that I would support her because she would hand the form over to a teacher, & # 39; he explained.
& # 39; I wish she knew I had her back. The moments she quotes that show her strength and independence, many of them came from me.
& # 39; Everyone thinks I had nothing to do with her after Doria and I got divorced. The truth is that she lived with me most of the time until she went to college.
& # 39; I believe that all family differences can be resolved and I believe that that can still happen for me, Meghan and Harry. & # 39;
He pauses and looks again at his favorite photo of his daughter. & # 39; I always hoped that I would be as close to Meghan & # 39; s child as she was when she was a child. & # 39;
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& # 39; Private jets prove they are hypocrites & # 39;
Thomas Markle has accused his daughter and prince Harry of showing the same & # 39; hypocritical & # 39; approach to the environment they have adopted with him.
Asked about recent stories criticizing the couple for taking at least four private jets this summer, while reading to people about the need to save the planet, he said to The Mail on Sunday: “I feel sorry for them in a way because they have brought this on themselves. You cannot say one thing and do the other.
& # 39; Everyone is excited about how gracious and wonderful they are, but they are not great for their own family. That is hypocritical.
The duke and duchess of Sussex have been criticized for their use of private jets
& # 39; You cannot portray yourself as a charity and bring people together and then give a spirit to your own father and your entire family. Their treatment of me left a lot to be desired.
& # 39; I have never met my son-in-law. Why couldn't Prince Harry get on a plane to see me asking to ask for her hand? He clearly has no problem with private jets.
& # 39; If he wants to come and visit me with a private jet, there is an airport here in Tijuana, and San Diego is just across the border. There are dozens of commercial flights from England to San Diego and Los Angeles every day. & # 39;
The couple's private jet flights include a trip to visit Sir Elton John at his home in southern France and to Ibiza to celebrate Meghan's birthday.
Sir Elton and other famous friends have defended Meghan and Harry.
George Clooney called negative stories & # 39; unjust & # 39; and Sir Elton condemned the & # 39; distorted and malicious accounts & # 39; of the couple's holiday in his villa in Nice, and said that he had paid their private jet.
Meghan's best friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, even criticized Meghan & # 39; s private jet trip & # 39; racist & # 39 ;.
But Mr. Markle said, "I don't think it's racist." I think it's a shame Meghan and Harry say one thing and do the other. Whoever advises them is not doing great. & # 39;
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