If Meghan Markle is a compassionate person, she’ll visit her father after his stroke, says royal biographer Tom Bower – who claims the Duchess hasn’t been in touch with Thomas Markle
- Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke
- Tom Bower appeared on GMB today to discuss whether Meghan will visit him
- The royal author said the Duchess has yet to speak to her father
- However, he said if she was sympathetic, she would visit and “comfort” him.
Meghan Markle was due to visit her father Thomas, who was hospitalized with a stroke but is currently not in contact with him, a royal expert has claimed.
Tom Bower, an investigative journalist currently working on a biography of the 40-year-old Duchess, told Good Morning Britain today that he spoke to Thomas Markle over the weekend.
Mr Markle, 77, a former TV lighting director, is reportedly at a clinic in Chula Vista, California, a few hours’ drive from the Montecito home that Meghan has with husband Harry, 37, and their two children Archie, three. and Lilibet shares , 11 months.
Mr Bower told hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid it’s not known if Meghan will be making the trip to see her father, who is reportedly unable to speak following the stroke.
It is not yet known if Meghan Markle, 40, pictured here with Thomas, 77, will visit her father after he was told he had suffered a stroke
Royal author Tom Bower (pictured on GMB today), who is working on a biography of the Duchess, said if the king was sympathetic she would go to Thomas
He said: “If we knew what she would do, that would be great. But what we do know is that Meghan has always said that she is a very compassionate person.
“And if sympathy was needed at all now, it would mean that she would go to her father’s bedside, about a two-and-a-half hour drive south of where she lives, and give him some comfort and reassurance. Let’s see what happens.’
He added: “We know she didn’t do it [made any contact]. There hasn’t been any contact since shortly before the wedding day – apart from the famous letter.”
Speaking on elder Markle’s feelings about the rift between him and Meghan, Mr Bower said: “He’s very upset… because of course he was a very loving father to Megan and supported her throughout her childhood when her mother was away. And he also paid her tuition.
“He’s very upset that he couldn’t see his grandchildren. ‘
Mr Bower also discussed Mr Markle’s plans to come to London for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
“Even though he told me he was coming to see the Queen, I really think he was hoping to see Megan and his grandkids, too,” he said.
Mr Bower added that if Mr Markle had made it to the UK his performance could “news outlets have somewhat dominated’, suggesting his absence may allow for more coverage of the event itself.
Thomas Markle, who suffered a stroke that took him to hospital, is upset at the rift with his daughter Meghan, according to royal author Tom Bower
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured on Global Citizen Live in New York in September 2021, live in Montecito, just a few hours’ drive from the California clinic where Thomas Markle is staying
Mr Markle was hospitalized in Tijuana, Mexico yesterday before being transferred to the California clinic.
A video shared by US gossip channel TMZ showed him on a stretcher flanked by paramedics, face pale and one hand on his chest.
Mr Markle’s daughter Samantha, 57, told MailOnline: “My father is recovering in hospital. We ask for privacy for the family, for his health and well-being. He just needs rest and relaxation.
“Thank God. We pray. He just needs some rest.’