Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Planning a Secret Trip to Visit Her Estranged Father, Thomas Markle

Meghan Markle is reportedly planning to visit her estranged father, Thomas Markle, during her upcoming trip to the United States. Thomas has given several interviews about Meghan since the royal wedding.

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For the most part, Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) life has been going great. She married the love of her life (opens in new tab). She gets to dedicate herself to meaningful charity work (opens in new tab). And she has some kickass new in-laws who love her to pieces (opens in new tab).

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Unfortunately, things haven't been as smooth on Meghan's side of the family. While she and her mom, Doria Ragland, are close as ever, there's been some...let's call it "tension" between Meghan and her father, Thomas Markle (opens in new tab). The 74-year-old made headlines earlier this year for staging adorable paparazzi photos (opens in new tab) that appeared to show him preparing for the royal wedding and then skipped his daughter's nuptials (opens in new tab) all together because of a health issue (which was also later rumored to be fake (opens in new tab)).

He's also given a slew of tell-all interviews (opens in new tab) and openly criticized Meghan, Prince Harry, and pretty much the whole royal family (opens in new tab). It's been a cringe-inducing saga, to say the least.

Now, as Meghan's planned solo trip to the United States (opens in new tab) nears, speculation (opens in new tab) is mounting that she might meet with her dad and try to patch things up.

"The possibility of a reunion has been discussed and Meghan looks set to incorporate it into her trip," a source told The Mirror. "Thomas is apparently keeping two dates free at the end of the month with a view to traveling from his home in Mexico to LA to meet his daughter. The location and exact dates will be top secret for both their sakes. It is a very sensitive time for them, but the intent seems to be to heal the rift."

Here's hoping that, if this "top secret" meeting does take place, Thomas actually keeps it private, but let's face it, there's every chance he leaks the audio on Snapchat or something.

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.