At least one Markle will be at the Queen’s jubilee: Meghan’s father vows to visit UK for Platinum celebrations as he labels Prince Harry an ‘idiot’ and agrees with Trump that the duke is ‘whipped’ by his daughter

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Thomas Markle has blasted Prince Harry as an ‘idiot’ and agreed that he is ‘whipped’ by Meghan – while announcing his intention to visit the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. In an interview with Dan Wootton on GB News, Mr Markle, 77, revealed he will be flying to London in June in an attempt to reunite with daughter Meghan and meet Harry and his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet for the first time. Mr Markle, who did not attend the wedding of Harry and Meghan in 2018 as he was recovering from heart surgery and has had a strained relationship with the couple, said he also hoped to repair their relationship.



Speaking from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, Mr Markle said: ‘I’m looking forward to it [flying over for the Jubilee]. I’m going to show my respect for the Queen and I’m going to make sure that the Queen understands that my entire family respects the Queen and the Royals. ‘We admire them and we want them to know that’s how we feel about them and that’s how we feel about England. ‘I would like to meet with Prince Charles and thank him for walking my daughter down the aisle, and also to meet and talk with him because I think we have a lot in common now. We’ve pretty much both been ghosted by our children.’ He added he was reaching out to all members of the royal family ahead of the visit to make them aware that he and his family have ‘no ill feeling about the royals whatsoever’, and they have ‘nothing but respect and admiration’ for them.



Mr Markle also criticised Harry and Meghan for not bringing Archie and Lilibet with them when they visited the Queen earlier this month ahead of their appearance at the Invictus Games in the Hague, the Netherlands. ‘Not bringing the children was like another slap in the face to the Queen,’ he said. ‘It was very rude and the wrong thing to do. It makes no sense at all…I don’t know if it’s Meghan or if it’s Harry but the Queen should have every right to see her great-grandchildren and I should have the right to see my grandchildren. So if they show up I hope they bring the kids.’ Questioned if he was expecting them to be in London during the celebrations, Mr Markle said: ‘I’m getting the feeling that if they know I’m coming, they won’t be coming. But if they do come I would love to reach out, speak with them and try to figure out what was wrong and how we can repair it. ‘I don’t see that happening. But I certainly would like to try.’



Mr Markle said he wanted to also show his respect to the Queen and meet with Prince Charles to thank him for walking Meghan down the aisle at her wedding to Harry. He explained: ‘I think we have a lot in common now. We’ve pretty much both been ghosted by our children. So yeah, I would really enjoy talking to him. If that’s possible, that would be great.’ An unhappy Mr Markle also blasted his son-in-law for his reluctance to travel to London from his California mansion home for the jubilee over security concerns. Mr Markle said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous. He knows how much security you’re going to have. He’s totally safe in that situation. So I don’t understand the things he says and I have so little respect for that man. I think he’s an idiot.’



In an increasingly brutal attack on Harry, he added: ‘He’s like a child. He follows my daughter around like a child. He’s not a man. You can tell me he was in the military but, I can’t believe it. I think he’s kind of a wuss and always will be. He’s got a brother that’s a real man and he’s got a father who is a real man. But I don’t think he’s ever growing up.’ Later, he also agreed with former US President Donald Trump’s assessment that Harry was ‘whipped’ by Megan. Trump urged the Queen to strip Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of all their royal titles as he described the Duke of Sussex as being ‘whipped like no person I think I’ve ever seen’ and ‘led around by his nose’ Mr Markle said: ‘Well, that’s the only time I’ll ever agree with Donald Trump.’



Trump admonished Harry for being ‘so disrespectful to the country’ and an ’embarrassment’ – adding that the Queen should ban him from even visiting Britain and tell him: ‘Frankly, don’t come around.’ Mr Trump also said Harry had been ‘led down a path’ and that he wondered whether the Duke – who stepped down as a senior royal in early 2020 with his American wife – would ‘go back on his hands and knees and say ‘please’.’He claimed is ‘not a fan’ of Meghan and ‘wasn’t right from the beginning’, telling Piers Morgan on the new channel TalkTV: ‘I’ve been a very good predictor, as you know – I’ve predicted almost everything. It’ll end, and it’ll end bad.’ It was Mr Trump’s latest attack on the couple, with him having previously spoken of his support for the 96-year-old monarch who hosted him with wife Melania in a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London in June 2019.


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The Queen and Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles are both said to very ‘keen’ for him, his wife and children to jet in from California to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Buckingham Palace is said to have promised the Sussexes full armed security at all Royal Family events in June in a bid to reassure them after Harry said he felt ‘unsafe’ in Britain. But despite Her Majesty and Prince Charles removing the main obstacle for Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet attending, the Duke of Sussex is still said to be genuinely undecided about whether to jet in to celebrate his grandmother’s 70 years on the throne.A palace source told the Sunday telegraph that ‘the ball was in his court’, adding: ‘His grandmother and father keen to welcome the Sussexes to ‘family’ events’.



It would mean that the Sussexes would be welcomed onto the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the royals to watch a RAF flypast and the Trooping the Colour on June 2, the Queen’s official birthday. But they would be unable to attend working elements of the Jubilee, having quit as frontline royals when they emigrated to Canada and then Los Angeles two years ago. The Sussexes recently caused outrage after Harry claimed in an NBC interview that he wanted to make sure his grandmother was ‘protected’ and had ‘the right people around her’. In an NBC TV appearance, Harry also opened up on his ‘special’ relationship with his grandmother, and his very public claim that she confides in him things she cannot talk to anyone else about.



Experts branded the comments a ‘gross insult’ to Charles and William, and point out that his and Meghan’s top secret ‘olive branch’ meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle before the Invictus Games was the first time Harry had seen his grandmother in two years. Meanwhile, former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown today described Megxit as a ‘disaster for both sides’ and claimed Harry and Meghan caused ‘maximum mayhem’ when leaving the Royal Family because they are ‘addicted to drama’. Ms Brown, Princess Diana’s biographer and the author of The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil, made the claims while appearing on New York Times podcast Sway to promote her new book. She said the couple made ‘bad choices’ and could have left the Royal Family on far better terms if they weren’t as ‘hotheaded’.



Ms Brown also labelled Prince Harry a ‘very impetuous man’ and revealed how Palace advisors ‘always thought he would leave’. She said she was told it was because ‘he was so fragile, so combustible, he was so unhappy, frankly, in the constraints of the royal family’. However, she also noted that the couple’s exit from royal life was a ‘disaster all round’. She said: ‘I actually think there is a Harry-shaped hole in the royal family now. And Harry was beloved, actually, by the British people. And people adored Meghan when she came into the mix. ‘So it was actually very, very sad for everybody that it went so wrong because they actually need Harry and Meghan now. You should see, the queen is failing, and she’s very frail. They kind of need Harry and Meghan to bring that star power and to be on the balcony at the Jubilee. We have to have a royal family up there. We can’t have Andrew up there.’

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Ms Brown believes Prince Harry could return to the royal family after the Queen’s death – though she warned that Meghan ‘disliked’ England. She said: ‘I think that Harry is going to want to come back when the Queen dies to serve his country. And I think they will find a way to reel him in. And it’s possible that Meghan – maybe they will have a commuter arrangement. I don’t know. I don’t see Meghan ever wanting to go back. She disliked England.’ Discussing the surprise meeting with the Queen, Ms Brown said it could be a sign of things to come. She said: It’s a sign of a cautious rapprochement, and I actually think that when the queen dies, I would not be at all surprised if some kind of new charter, as it were, with Harry is drawn up, because I think they’re going to feel they do need Harry in some way. And he might get a bit more of what he wanted.



‘I mean, he could be a kind of commuter royal, I guess. The problem is the money piece. You know, they wanted to make money. And the big tension there was conflict of interest. I mean, how do you work that?’ Ms Brown’s podcast appearance comes after her new book unveiled a list of bombshells on Harry and his relationship with the royal family. It revealed how Harry ‘vented’ about William and ‘poured out resentments’ about his father Charles to his actress ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas so much that she recommended he see a therapist, leading the duke to seek advice on the best shrinks from MI6.



The Duke of Sussex grew ‘angry’ as he felt his brother was ‘hogging the best briefs’ around a decade ago – and when he wasn’t obsessing over William would moan about the Prince of Wales. She claims ‘friction between the brothers escalated’ so much after William became patron of the rhino and elephant charity the Tusk Trust in 2015 that the pair had ‘Olympic rows’ – and quotes a friend of the siblings as calling Harry a ‘very, very angry man’.



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