Thomas Markle gives INSIGHT into ‘modern’ Meghan’s royal baby parenting style

Thomas Markle told a friend he believes his daughter will be an “amazing, loving, totally devoted modern mum”.

He added, however, that he is “terribly upset and deflated” by the fear he may never get to see his new grandchild because of his acrimonious rift with his daughter.

The friend said: “This is so bittersweet for him.

“The thought of not being able to hold the baby or be there is torturing him. 

“But he hasn’t given up hope they can reconcile.”

The friend added: “He’s finding it difficult to know what to do. Should he reach out to Meghan – or sit tight in the hope she reaches out to him?”

The retired Hollywood TV lighting director, 74, said he was “still trying to wrap his mind” around the fact that his grandchild is seventh in line of succession to the British throne.

“That’s something quite surreal to him,” said the friend, “and about as remote from his everyday life as an episode of Game Of Thrones.

“But I think he was secretly pleased that Meghan has decided not to follow protocol and has kept all the details leading up to the birth private.

“He told me: ‘She’s been strong-willed and single-minded since she was a little girl and she’s always going to go her own way and do her own thing’.”

Of Prince Charles, Mr Markle’s friend declared: “He feels very grateful to him. Since Charles stood-in for him and gave Meghan away when she married Prince Harry last year, he’s been reading-up on him and following his activities and speeches online.

“Thomas thinks his fellow grandfather is going to be an incredible role model for the baby. 

“He’s not jealous of Prince Charles but wishes with all his heart he too could be in England to greet their new grandkid.”

Mr Markle was, however, far from amused when a fellow expat retiree in the Mexican seaside resort where he lives came up with a joke that hit too close to home.

“His pal said, ‘You’re going to be the official royal grandfather-in-waiting… and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting’. Thomas managed to force a smile but he told me later he felt stung.

“His greatest wish is for Meghan to forgive him and agree for him to fly to London to meet his latest grandchild.” 

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