Thomas Markle accuses Oprah Winfrey of 'playing' Harry and Meghan in new interview

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  • Thomas Markle sat down for an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes Australia.
  • The former lighting director addressed the rift between him and Meghan and accused Oprah Winfrey of exploiting the couple.
  • "I think Oprah Winfrey is playing Harry and Meghan. I think she is using them to build her network and build her new shows", said Thomas.

In a new interview, Thomas Markle, Meghan's estranged father, says he hopes to reconcile with her and Prince Harry and meet their children Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet.

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia for the first time since the birth of his new granddaughter, the 76-year-old said that he is doing the interview 'because he has things to say.'

Thomas said that he heard about Lili's birth on the radio. "All I can say is I hope I get to eventually, sometime see these grandchildren of mine because I'm a pretty good grandpa," he said. 

The lightning director then went on to slam the Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey and Harry's AppleTV+ mental health series, The Me You Can't See. Thomas accused Oprah of exploiting the royal couple.

"I think Oprah Winfrey is playing Harry and Meghan. I think she is using them to build her network and build her new shows. I think she is taking advantage of a weakened man and getting him to say things that you just shouldn't be saying on television. The bottom line to me is she seems to be working Harry."

The Emmy-winner also said that he sees similarities between his situation with Meghan to Prince Charles' and Harry.

"I see them both ghosting their families completely. Basically, now they're alone in a huge house that can probably accommodate 20 people, and now it's just the four of them. But I don't think they going to have relatives over tomorrow for a barbeque. I don't know why."

Thomas also added that the couple's biggest mistake was to leave the royal family because "that is what she married into."

He ended the interview with a plea to Harry and Meghan.

"Right now, I am talking to Harry and Meghan. I love you guys; we can work out the problems. I've said I am sorry about the initial problem; if I've said anything today that offended anyone, I am sorry about that too. I'm just telling the truth about what I feel about what's going on."


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