A little shade? On May 6, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy, welcoming her first child with husband, Prince Harry. According to the official announcement, the royal family and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, are excited about the new addition to their family — but Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, was noticeably left out of the royal baby’s birth announcement.
“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 05:26 hours. The baby weighs 7 lbs, 3 oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth,” the statement read. “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
“The Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage,” the statement continued. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Royal watchers know that it was very unlikely that Thomas, 74, would be present for the birth of his grandchild because he has been estranged from his 37-year-old daughter for nearly a year. Their feud started in the weeks leading up to Meghan’s royal wedding to Prince Harry after Thomas was photographed in public during a paparazzi shoot that he later admitted was planned as a way to drum up positive press for himself.
After that, Thomas claimed that he suffered a heart attack from all of the stress, and he eventually missed Meghan’s wedding and was not able to walk her down the aisle because he could not travel to the U.K. due to health issues.
Ever since then, Thomas has made multiple public pleas for his daughter to return his letters and phone calls, and he made his last plea during an appearance on Good Morning Britain in December 2018. “Well, I love her very much. You’re my daughter and I’d really like to hear from you,” Thomas said. “Whatever differences or problems we had, we should be able to work them out. We’re family, so please reach out to me.”
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