‘Hard-hearted’ Meghan’s ‘family conflict’ with her ‘erratic father’ Thomas makes us like her MORE, claims royal historian

Not only did she marry Prince Harry in May – becoming a fully-fledged member of the royal family – but she also fell pregnant with their first child.

However, 2018 also marks the year that Meghan's relationship with her father Thomas Markle, deteriorated dramatically.

But in a new ITV documentary airing tonight, royal historian Robert Lacey has revealed Meghan's family feud could have a silver lining for the royal.

"The first inklings of Markle family conflict seemed like a terrible problem," explained Robert.

"Does this show that Meghan is hard-hearted towards her erratic father?"

"What does it tell us, that she's not on good terms with her half-sister?" Robert continued.

"But actually, in the big tapestry of Meghan, these faults and flaws are absolutely essential, because they actually remind us of her humanity, and the fact that somewhere inside those perfect shoes, there are feet of clay to some degree."

Meghan and Thomas’ relationship came under the spotlight in the run-up to her wedding.

Days before the nuptials, it emerged Thomas staged photos of himself being measured for his wedding suit and reading a book on British history.

It was later confirmed that Thomas would not be walking Meghan, 37, down the aisle after claims he was suffering heart problems.

Thomas, 74, later gave a series of tell-all interviews in which he revealed that he hung up on Prince Harry as he lay recovering in hospital.

Last week, the retired lighting director revealed he even turned to ex-wife Doria Ragland to find out why Meghan "won't speak to me".

"I have sent several texts. Her number hasn't changed and they haven't bounced back," Thomas told The Mail on Sunday.

"I've pleaded with her to pick up the phone. I wrote a two-page letter and sent it by certified mail via her representative in Los Angeles."

Presented by Julie Etchingham, Meghan – The Story So Far follows Meghan's new life as a royal over the last six months and examines her new role as Duchess of Sussex.

The show will look at causes she has championed and speaks to people whose lives she has touched.

But as Meghan finds herself in a new world of protocol and etiquette, Julie Etchingham will ask whether she is changing the royal family or they are changing her.

Tonight: Meghan – The Story So Far is on ITV tonight at 7.30pm

Earlier this week, we told you Meghan Markle ‘could be next target’ for Lady Colin Campbell who wrote Princess Diana exposé.

We also revealed Meghan Markle vowed to ‘take a risk’ and ‘live a life less stifled’ 18 months before she dated Prince Harry.

And we showed you ‘tearful’ Kate Middleton was upset after Prince William ‘cancelled Christmas plans at the last minute’ to stay with his family.

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