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Thomas Markle says Oprah is ‘playing Harry and Meghan to build her network’ & Harry is ‘weakened man’


Thomas Markle says Oprah is ‘playing Harry and Meghan to build her network’ & Harry is ‘weakened man’


Thomas Markle has unleashed a blistering assault on Oprah Winfrey, accusing her of ‘using’ Harry and Meghan to promote her new television endeavors.

The 76-year-old estranged granddad brazenly stated in an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes that Oprah might sue him, but he feels she has been “playing” his daughter Meghan Markle.

He also revealed that while watching the royal wedding on TV from Mexico, he “cried a little”

Mr. Markle told Tom Steinfort of Channel 9, that Harry was duped by Oprah into saying things on TV that he shouldn’t have spoken.

The retired Hollywood lighting designer, who lives 70 miles from the Sussexes’ LA residence, has not talked to the Duchess of Sussex, 39, since before their marriage three years ago and has never met any of his grandkids.

“I have things to say. Oprah Winfrey, for one, I think is playing Harry and Meghan,” he claimed.


“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.”


In another part of his explosive interview, Thomas expressed his disappointment at learning of his new baby granddaughter Lilibet’s birth after Meghan and Harry released their public announcement.

Thomas believes he may never get to meet Archie, 2, or baby Lilibet, who was born on June 4, as his health continues to deteriorate.

“My congratulations Harry and Meghan,” he told the camera.

“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.

He went on: “All I can say is that I hope eventually I get to see these grandchildren of mine. I’m a pretty good grandpa.

“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.”

“Lili is perfect and the other thing that makes me happy is that there is a lot more Markle blood in the Royal Family.”


He further chastised the “cold” pair for refusing to meet him, despite the fact that he lives barely 70 miles from their opulent £11 million estate in Santa Barbara.

When asked if being apart from Meghan, Harry, and their two children hurts him, he said yes.


‘Of course it hurts,’ he said in a shocking 60 Minutes interview. ‘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.


‘If I had done something terribly wrong, that would be fine, but I haven’t.’


Thomas then likened himself to Harry’s father, Prince Charles, stating that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had both ‘ghosted’ them.

He went on: “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 have done it myself.”

“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.”

A major rift between the father and daughter appeared to develop after he was found staging paparazzi images in the lead-up to the wedding,

‘I’ve apologised a hundred times for it,’ Thomas said.

‘I’m not bitter, I’m confused. I just don’t have the answer. I want an answer. If I had done something terribly wrong that would be fine but I haven’t. I just want an answer.

‘I don’t know anybody that’s this 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.’

Pictures of Meghan and his other children, Samantha Markle and Thomas Jr., were hung on the walls as the cameras panned throughout his home.

“Weekends were very special [when Meghan was young]. We’d take her to dance classes. She wanted to be a dancer,” he reminisced.

“I would like to have that experience with my new granddaughter,” Thomas remarked longingly, holding up a photo of Meghan, who was lying on his chest.

Meghan expressed her admiration for her father on social media before she became a royal.

Asked what he would say to the duchess if she was watching, 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.”

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