If Thomas Markle thought the royals were angry about the staged paparazzi photos, just wait until they get a load of his new interview. The father of Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, sat down with Good Morning Britain for a 30-minute tell-all interview on Monday, revealing how Prince Harry had asked for his daughter's hand in marriage, the prince's alleged opinions on Donald Trump and Brexit, and what it felt like watching someone else walk his daughter down the aisle, among many other things.
In the interview, Markle said his daughter broke the news of her and Prince Harry's relationship slowly. "The first phone calls were, 'Daddy, I have a new boyfriend,' and I said, 'That's really nice.' And the next call was like, 'He's British,' and I said, 'That's really nice.' And eventually the third time around was, 'He's a prince.' And at that point she said, 'It's Harry,' and I said, 'Oh, Harry, okay.'" He went on to say his daughter said they had to call him "'H' so that no one knows we're talking about Harry.'"
Thomas Markle said he and Prince Harry eventually ended up speaking several times over the phone as well, and the pair, according to Thomas Markle, discussed politics. (As a royal Prince Harry is not supposed to openly discuss his political leanings.) "Our conversation was, I was complaining that I didn’t like Donald Trump," Markle said. "He said, 'Give Donald Trump a chance,'" Markle claims Harry said to him. He continued, "I sort of disagreed with that. I still like Harry. That was his politics, I have my politics. We had conversations about it." When asked if he thought Prince Harry was a Trump supporter, he answered, "I would hope not now, but at the time he might have been."
Markle also claimed that Prince Harry said he was open to the "experiment" of Brexit, Thomas Markle revealed in the interview. “It was just a loose conversation about something we have to try," he said. "There was no real commitment for it. I think he was open to the experiment.”
Markle added that the prince asked for Meghan's hand in marriage over the phone as well, after his daughter broke the news. "They called me together, and Harry asked for her hand over the phone, and I said, 'You're a gentleman. Promise me you'll never raise your hand against my daughter, and of course I give you my permission,'" he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Markle apologized again for the staged paparazzi photos, reiterating that he "feels bad" about his attempts to change the tabloids' "negative" image of him, and he said that Meghan cried when he told her he couldn't make it to the wedding. "I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle," he said. "It was incredible watching her. I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn't me [walking Meghan down the aisle], but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that."
"The unfortunate thing is I am now a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle," he added. "That upsets me somewhat."
Although Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan later said on This Morning that he hadn't confirmed the interview with the royals and that he doesn't think Thomas Markle told them either, Markle himself said he doesn't want to offend his new extended family with the interview. "More than anything I don't want my daughter or new son-in-law to be hurt by any of this," he said. "I want to have a nice, normal relationship with my royal family as well now."