Meghan Markle's dad believes his daughter is 'terrified' adjusting to new life, calls royal family 'outdated'

Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle claimed his daughter is “terrified” adjusting her life as the Duchess of Sussex and accused the “outdated” royal family of placing too much pressure on the former actress.

In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, Markle said he can see the fear in Meghan’s eyes ever since the former “Suits” actress was placed in the spotlight and began her duties as part of the royal family.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, waves as she visits Trinity college, in Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Thomas Markle claims his daughter Meghan is under too much pressure adjusting to royal life.  (AP)

“My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile,” the 73-year-old told The Sun. “I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now.”

Markle said he sees a “pained smile” plastered on the newlywed’s face in photos and speculated whether it may have been a “couple of bad days.”

“I don’t know. It really worries me. I think she’s under too much pressure,” he added.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex leave after the christening service of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)

Thomas Markle says he sees a "pained smile" on Meghan's face since being part of the royal family.  (AP)


Markle was forced to skip out on his daughter’s wedding on May 19 after he underwent emergency surgery for his heart issue just days before the 36-year-old said “I do” to Prince Harry. He initially pulled out of attending the wedding after a report revealed he sold staged paparazzi photos.

Members of the royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, with from left, Prince Charles, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, as they watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Various events were held Tuesday to mark 100-years since the formation of the RAF. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Thomas Markle called the royal family "outdated."  (AP)

On Sunday, he slammed the royal family and said he was being shunned because of the photo scandal. Markle said it doesn’t make sense that he’s being left in the dark because “half of Great Britain” profits off photos of Meghan and Harry.

“Anyone who makes a profit off the Royal Family becomes shunned. But I could have made well over $100,000 by just doing a talk show,” he said.

He continued, “So if I moved to London and started selling cups with my daughter’s face on, would they shun me? The Royal Family is living by rules that are outdated.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leaves after a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Thomas Markle called the royal dress code "ridiculous."  (AP)


Markle said he’s already apologized to the royal family.

“I honestly think that if the Queen took the time to think that she would not see me because I did some stupid photographs. That is ridiculous,” he said.

Markle also called the royal family’s dress code “ridiculous.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, right, watch the women's singles final match between Serena Williams of the US and Angelique Kerber of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018. (Nic Bothma, Pool via AP)

Meghan Markle attended Wimbledon with Kate Middleton on Sunday.  (AP)

“Meghan seems like something out of an old movie. Why in 2018 are we dressing like the 1930s? Why do they have to cover their knees?” Markle questioned. “I’m not blaming Harry or anyone but they are following rules that don’t make sense to me. They are no less human than anybody else. God knows, I feel sorry for them, for not being able to show emotion.”


Meghan’s mother, Daria Ragland, was the only family member to attending the royal wedding after the drama surrounding Markle. Ragland sat by herself during the ceremony, which Markle criticized the royal family for.

“I thought it was wrong to have Doria seated by herself,” he said. “There was no reason why she couldn’t have been with the royals.”

Meghan and Harry, 33, recently made their first official visit to Ireland. The Duchess of Sussex also attended Wimbledon with Kate Middleton for the women’s singles final match on Saturday.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam