Should we feel bad that Thomas Markle is “upset?” Meghan Markle‘s estranged father spoke out in a recent interview about his daughter’s reported feud with Kate Middleton, and shared he isn’t happy about how his daughter is being perceived in the process.

“If there is any animosity between Meghan and Kate they should put their differences aside,” Thomas, 74, shared with The Sun, before defending the Duchess of Sussex. “I’m very upset by the criticism Meghan is getting. I don’t think she deserves it and I don’t think she is doing one-third of the things she is being accused of doing.”

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Thomas also said he doesn’t “believe that Meghan is trying to hurt her in any shape or form,” as he claimed he hasn’t had any contact with his daughter in months, “I cannot call Meghan and say, ‘What is going on? How can I help you?’”

The former lighting director hasn’t heard from Meg since he bailed on attending her May wedding, but in a previous interview, he admitted he was shocked to learn of the rift between Meg and her new sister-in-law. “I don’t recognize this person,” he shared in a new interview with The Mail On Sunday. “The Meghan I know was always sweet, kind, generous. She was always demanding but never rude.”

Thomas may be saying nice things for once, but that doesn’t mean Meghan is ready to forgive him. A royal source told Grazia that “Meghan’s strategy has always been to ignore her father’s comments and not give in to his demands.”

The source added, “There have been talks about the palace in crises, but the truth is they’re sticking to their guns and Meghan is determined not to change her approach. It is very doubtful there will be a change of stance.” Another source doubled-down and said, “There are no crises talks. The plan is simple, Meghan will continue to ignore her father. But many observers feel that there is only one way to sort this mess, and that is for Meghan and [Prince] Harry. to meet privately with Thomas — and then get him to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement.” What a mess…

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