MEGHAN Markle’s estranged father Thomas Markle has spoken of his disappointment in hearing his daughter and Prince Harry plan to “step back” from their royal duties.
The couple made the shock announcement on Wednesday, where they stated they wish to no move way from being “senior” members of the Royal Family and to become financially independent.
Thomas Markle has said he’s ‘disappointed’ by his daughter and Prince Harry’s decision to step away from senior royal duties
The couple made the bombshell announcement that they would like to ‘step back’ and become financially independent on Wednesday
A shocked Thomas, 75, speaking to US Weekly just hours after the announcement, said: “I’ll just simply say I’m disappointed.”
Marklewho has not had contact with his daughter since before her 2018 wedding did not elaborate further on the reasons behind his disappointment.
Harry and Meghan stunned royal enthusiasts on Wednesday afternoon, when they announced they would be spending their time between the United Kingdom and Meghan’s native North America.
Going forward, Canada is expected to become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second home.
The couple released a statement confirming they will no longer be in the UK full time
The couple said in a joint statement on Instagram: “We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
Shortly after the announcement, Queen Elizabeth II and Buckingham palace released a statement to say that discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were at an “early stage.”
The statement read: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.
The bombshell announcement comes following a difficult year for Harry and Meghan.
Appearing in a 2019 ITV documentary, the couple discussed how life in the public eye had taken a toll on them.
Harry explained that he felt Meghan had become a “victim” of the tabloid press, comparing the treatment she has received to that of the way his mother, Prince Diana, was treated.
Over the holiday season, the couple opted to miss the queen’s traditional Christmas gathering instead spend time in Canada and visiting Meghan’s mother in California.
They posted a Christmas card with an unseen picture of growing Archie online while on their break.
Canada has always held a special place for the pair – it was where they secretly dated for five months before revealing their relationship.
The BBC reported that no other Royal Family members were told before Wednesday announcement.
It comes after HOAR revealed they were due to discuss plans to move abroad, and, on Wednesday, Meghan visited The National’s Dorfman Theatre in London.
The couple had reportedly told close friends they want to spend some of the next two months working out of Canada after a six-week trial holiday over Christmas and New Year was deemed highly successful.
Friends of the couple in Canada and the US are supportive of the move, which they say comes after the couple have been sidelined by the monarchy.
Thomas Markle has not seen his daughter since before her 2018 wedding to Harry
Markle has made many pleas for his daughter to reunite with him
On Wednesday, Meghan returned to royal duties and visited the Dorfman Theatre in London
The Sussexes have just returned from Canada after a six-week holiday over Christmas and New Year which was deemed highly successful
Harry and Meghan are hoping to split their time in the future between the UK and North America
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