Meghan Markle's dad says he'd be better off dead

Meghan Markle's father claims she's cut him out of her life completely, and that it would be better for her if he died.

In a lengthy interview with the Daily Mail, Thomas Markle opened up about his relationship with his daughter since her wedding to Prince Harry - and things don't sound good.

"After I said a few critical words about the Royal Family changing Meghan, they cut me off," he explained.

"Those numbers were disconnected, they no longer work. I have no way of contacting my daughter."

Mr Markle has made some controversial comments about the Royal Family, including breaching protocol by revealing some of Prince Harry's political views in a June interview, as well as speculating that the couple would have a child together in the near future.

"What's sad is that sometime in the next year Meghan and Harry will have a baby and I'll be a grandfather, and if we're not speaking I won't see my grandchild," he told the Daily Mail.

"How tragic is that, to deprive a child of its grandfather because I said a few things critical of the Royal Family?"

He famously didn't attend his daughter's wedding after it was revealed that he took part in staged paparazzi photos to improve his public image. He told the Daily Mail that he offered to apologise and was told he didn't need to - but then an aide called to tell him he needed to apologise to the Royal Family.

He also denied allegations that he faked a heart attack to get out of attending the wedding, saying that his health has taken a serious dive in recent months.

"It's lucky I'm still alive. The men in my family rarely live over 80 so I'd be surprised if I had another 10 years. I could die tomorrow."

The 74-year-old also said his death "wouldn't be so bad", and that it might even benefit his daughter.

"Perhaps it would be easier for Meghan if I died," he said.

"Everybody would be filled with sympathy for her. But I hope we reconcile. I'd hate to die without speaking to Meghan again."

Mr Markle expressed bitterness over the Duchess of Sussex's close relationship with her mother, saying she has forgotten the role he played in her upbringing.

"Oh, she's a mummy's girl now and Doria gets a lot of the credit," he said.

"But Meghan seems to have forgotten that she lived with me up until Doria and I divorced, when she was six, and even then I was still a big part of her life.

"She became the woman that she is today thanks to everything I did for her. And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks? She doesn't even speak to me now. How cold is that?"

He said he has had enough of the Royal Family and that he "won't be silenced".