Bride-to-be Meghan Markle just spent the holidays with the royal family, but her fiancé Prince Harry has yet to meet her father. A retired Emmy-winning lighting director, Thomas Markle lives a quiet life in Mexico — and it has yet to be confirmed if Meghan's dad will be in attendance at her upcoming wedding.
Sources revealed to LIfe & Style that the former actress is adamant her father play a major role in the ceremony, set to take place next May. "Everyone has problems and faults, but Meghan doesn’t love him any less,” says a friend. “She’s told Harry that she wants her dad to walk her down the aisle. Harry is totally supportive and will go along with whatever Meghan wants, even if the palace might not like it.”
Despite his private lifestyle, Thomas' past has some drama. The 73-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2016 and has had four tax liens in a 19-year period. It also doesn't help that he has been married and divorced twice. Shortly after their engagement, Meghan confirmed that Harry has yet to meet her dad face-to-face. "He’s talked to my dad a few times, hasn’t been able to meet him just yet," she said.
However, Meghan, 36, is confident Harry, 33, will love her dad just as much as she does. "I'm still your buckaroo," Meghan wrote to her dad in an Instagram post this past Father's Day. "To this day your hugs are still the very best in the whole wide world. Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films and club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me that signature Markle nose."