Meghan Markle's Dad Is Reportedly Trying to Get Back in Contact With Her Now That She's Back in LA

Meghan Markle's estranged father, Thomas Markle, has reportedly been trying to make contact with her since she moved back to Los Angeles.

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  • In the latest development in Meghan Markle's ongoing family drama (opens in new tab), the Duchess' father, Thomas Markle, has reportedly been trying repeatedly to reestablish contact with her since the Sussexes (opens in new tab) moved to Los Angeles earlier this year.
  • Thomas, 75, lives in Mexico and has been publicly estranged with Meghan since around the time of her royal wedding, which he missed, citing health issues.
  • A royal source says that, while Thomas has sent multiple letters to the house where Meghan and Harry are staying, Meghan isn't interested in reconnecting at present and Thomas' "letters remain unopened."

We have reportedly entered the next phase in Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) never-ending drama saga with her estranged father, Thomas Markle (opens in new tab). According to Us Weekly (opens in new tab), Thomas has been "continuing to try and get in contact" with Meghan since she, Prince Harry (opens in new tab), and baby Archie relocated to Los Angeles (opens in new tab) earlier this year.

The 75-year-old retired lighting director lives in Mexico now, but has been "sending letters to the house" where Meghan and Harry (opens in new tab) are staying in an attempted to reconnect with his daughter. According to Us Weekly's source, however, the efforts have been in vain so far and his "letters remain unopened."

Meghan's relationship with her father (opens in new tab) seems to have been strained for some time, but things came to a head in the spring of 2018, when he was caught staging paparazzi photos in the weeks leading up to Meghan's royal wedding (opens in new tab). Although initial reports suggested Thomas would attend the ceremony and walk his daughter down the aisle, he ultimately missed the wedding, citing health issues as the reason why.

Although Thomas claimed that Meghan and Harry had essentially shut him out, court documents eventually revealed that Meghan expressed concern about Thomas (opens in new tab) at that time, texting him, "I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts. Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don’t respond…Do you need help? Can we send the security team down again?"

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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.