"She (Oprah) will disagree of course, and she may even sue me, I don’t care. But the bottom line is she is working Harry," he said
Barely days after Meghan Markle gave birth to her second child, Lilibet Diana, it was announced that her father, Thomas Markle, will be doing a tell-all interview with Australia's 60 minutes. A preview showed the 76-year-old threatening to air his daughter's dirty laundry. During the interview, he accused Oprah Winfrey of "taking advantage" of his "weakened" son-in-law, Prince Harry and using him to build her own network, reported Mirror.
Talking to Channel 9's Tom Steinfort, Thomas said that Oprah could sue him but he believes she has been "playing" his daughter. He then alleged that Oprah tricked Harry into revealing things on TV that he shouldn't have said. "I have things to say. Oprah Winfrey, for one, I think is playing Harry and Meghan. I think she is using them to build her network and build her new shows and I think she’s taken advantage of a very weakened man and has got him to say things that you just shouldn’t be saying on television. She will disagree of course, and she may even sue me, I don’t care. But the bottom line is she is working Harry," he said, according to the outlet.
He then shared his disappointment over having found out about his new baby granddaughter Lilibet's birth after Meghan and Harry put out their public statement. “I found out (Lilbet’s birth) after the face and I have to deal with that and that’s okay. There’s always disappointment here. Lili is perfect and the other thing that makes me happy is that there is a lot more Markle blood in the Royal Family. All I can say is that I hope eventually I get to see these grandchildren of mine. I’m a pretty good grandpa," he said. "August 4, 40 years ago, Megan was born by c-section and I was the first one to hold her in my arms. I fell in love with her and I’ve been that way ever since. I will be very disappointed if I don’t get to hold my granddaughter," he added, according to the Mirror.
When asked if it hurts for him to be separated from Meghan, Harry and their two children, Thomas said, “Of course it hurts, there are axe murderers in prison and their family comes to see them. I’m not an axe murder. I made one dumb mistake and I’ve been punished for it. This show they’ve been on, they talk about compassion, there’s no compassion for me, no compassion for my family, and no compassion for the world.” He then compared himself to Harry's father Prince Charles, insisting that they have both been 'ghosted' by the couple, “I think we would get on quite well [if we went for a drink together] and I think it’s unfortunate what’s happened to him as well. He seems like a likeable guy and I appreciate the fact that he walked my daughter down the aisle. I could certainly not have asked for a better replacement, although I would have liked to do it myself," he explained. "I see them both ghosting their families completely and now they are alone in a huge house where they can probably accommodate 20 people in but it’s just the four of them. I don't think they are going to have relatives over for a barbecue next week or next month. I don't know why," he added, according to the Mirror.
When asked if he still loves his daughter, he said, “Of course I do. I love my other children, I love my other daughter and I love my son." Thomas was then asked if he thinks Meghan still loves him to which he replied, “I have no idea. Like I said, I have not spoken to her until two days before they got married when I was lying in a hospital bed, that’s the last conversation we had. I’ve not spoken to them since.” He went on to call Meghan and Harry's actions as being cold, "I don’t know if anybody that’s that cold to do this and now Meghan’s doing it to me and Harry’s doing it to his father. That’s a cold thing to do and it’s even more cold to do it to the queen, who is in her nineties. That’s a cold thing to do," he said. He added, “If I am [to blame] tell me how and I will fix it if try to fix it, but I don’t know how," according to Mirror.
When asked what he would like to say to his daughter if she was watched, he replied, “I do love you. I wish we could sit down and talk about it. I’m not an ogre. I’d love to talk to her.” He added, "I’m not the tearful type. I keep everything in here. I don’t let it out but I’m certainly hurt by a lot of it." Thomas also shared his fears that he will die before getting to meet his grandchildren, "On the 18th I will be 77 years old. Most of the Markle men don’t make it past 80 so there’s a good chance I may never see my grandchildren. I'm not looking for pity. I'm just saying that’s a reality," he expressed, reported the Mirror.