It’s all going well. Meghan Markle’s estranged father, Thomas MarkleAfter an apparent stroke last week, he is now back at home.
“I feel hugely grateful and know how lucky I am to be alive. I want to thank everyone, particularly the nurses and doctors who saved me. They are angels,” the former lighting designer, 77, wrote via a whiteboard to the Daily MailSaturday, May 28. “I have been deeply moved by loving messages I’ve received from all over the world. People have been so kind. I can’t speak right now, but I am working hard and will thank people properly when I can.”
Thomas suffered a “possible stroke” on Tuesday, May 24, according to TMZ. According to TMZ’s report, Thomas was unable to speak and was immediately rushed across the border from Mexico to San Diego to receive treatment.
“Peace and rest is best,” Samantha Markle, Thomas’ other daughter and the Duchess of Sussex’s half-sister, exclusively told Us Weekly on Tuesday about her father’s recovery. One day later, she accused Meghan, 40, of “negligence” regarding their dad’s care.
Samantha, 57, declared on Dan Wootton Tonight that her younger half-sister should stop “watching and doing nothing” following their father’s health concerns. (He had previously survived two heart attacks. “If she can’t find it in her heart, or have the moral conscience to step forward, then shame on her,” the Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister Part 1 author said, claiming their dad “doesn’t have a lot of time” left.
Thomas was originally scheduled to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee on June 3 — a celebration for the royal’s record-breaking 70 years on the throne — but is no longer going after his health scare.
“I wanted to come to pay my respects to the queen,” the Mexico resident wrote to the Daily Mail. “I wish her a happy Jubilee and many more years.”
Since childhood, Meghan and her father are estranged. He was not invited at her May 2018 wedding. Prince HarryAfter he admitted to staging paparazzi photographs, which he did, Suits alum claimed in her and Harry’s CBS tell-all in March 2021 that he didn’t own up to at first.
“That, for me, has really resonated, especially now as a mother,” the duchess said of her father’s inability to come forward with the truth about the paparazzi images. “I look at [my son] Archie, I think about this child and … I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child. I can’t imagine it. So it’s hard for me to reconcile that.”
Thomas has yet to meet Meghan and Harry’s children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 11 months.