Meghan Markle's Father 'Embarrassed' by Her Decision to Quit Royal Life, Tells Prince Harry to 'Man Up' and Meet Him

Meghan Markle's father does not believe his daughter has been the victim of racism at the hands of the British media and said the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back from front line royal duties was "embarrassing."

On the ITV show Good Morning Britain, Thomas Markle said that his daughter and Prince Harry had "hurt" both the monarch and the wider British royal family after they resigned as senior royals as they pursue a more private life.

"What they have decided to do is, to me, embarrassing. I think when they got married, they married into royalty they knew what they were getting themselves into—that's been Harry's life, Meghan's had a similar kind of life.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London. Markle's father has told a British TV program that he was "embarrassed" by his daughter's behavior in stepping aside from front line royal duties. Samir Hussein/Getty Images

"I think they have hurt the Queen. I think they have hurt the royals and it just doesn't work to be going to another country to be serving England it's never going to work.

"I am a little embarrassed for them and feeling a little sorry for the Queen," he added.

Thomas Markle said that media coverage of his daughter had not been racist, adding that England is "far more liberal than the United States."

"I'm having trouble buying that, there's never been a problem in terms of race with Meghan at her school or any place and I haven't noticed it in England at all."

"I don't think she's being bullied in any way, or any shape, because of racism."

Thomas Markle is said to have not spoken to his daughter since before her wedding in 2018, according to some reports, but he told the ITV show on Monday he still hoped for a reconciliation.

He said that Prince Harry "can still reach to me," and should "man up and fly down and see me and we will talk."

"Of course I love my daughter and grandson and I'm sure I would love Harry if I met him.

"I'm not sure exactly how to approach this, I'll always hope that we can come together at some point."

Thomas Markle is at the center of a court case involving Associated Newspapers, which owns The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online, as the company defends publishing an article which featured excerpts of a handwritten letter to him by his daughter.

Meghan's lawyers accused the Mail of misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act. If the case reaches trial, Thomas Markle, who has agreed to be a witness if needed, could testify against his daughter.

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