Thomas Markle argues Prince Harry ‘contradicts himself’ with ‘stupid’ comments (Image: Getty/grab)
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Thomas Markle has branded comments made by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as "stupid" and says he "contradicts himself so much".
The 76-year-old estranged father of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made the critical remarks during an explosive interview with Australia's 60 Minutes.
In the discussion with Channel 9's Tom Steinfort, Thomas was asked if he felt sorry for his son-in-law when he discussed how he had suffered from mental health issues in his recent Apple TV documentary series which he co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can't See.
Thomas answered: “Yes, but he contradicts himself so much."
Referring to comments the Duke of Sussex previously made about going to the Royal Family for help as Meghan's suffered from feeling suicidal, Thomas criticised the claims.
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Thomas added: "He said my daughter was thinking of suicide and he went to the royals and they didn’t help him.
"Well, you don’t go to the royals. You pick up the phone and call a doctor. It’s like saying I wanted to leave the house but nobody opened the door for me. It’s stupid."
In the Apple TV series, Prince Harry had claimed that his family and the institution surrounding them were not helping as Meghan struggled.
The Duke of Sussex claimed that the couple "spent four years trying to make it work" but when they sought help from the Palace for Meghan's mental health struggles, they were "met with total silence, total neglect".
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He added: "We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job, but Meghan was struggling.
"That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave."
Prince Harry said Meghan's mental health troubles led to him making the decision to depart their roles as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Duke said: "Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, 'You can't do this'.
"And it's like, 'Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?' She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn't have to get to that."
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During the interview the couple did with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan described how she had sought help from the institution of the Royal Family but found none.
She revealed: "I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that 'I've never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere.'
"And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution."
Meanwhile, in the interview with Australia's 60 Minutes, Thomas was questioned about whether he considered himself partly to blame for the issues his daughter has faced with her mental health.
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He responded: "Partly through some percentage but I was there at any time. She could have called me any time. She has my phone number. So no."
Thomas also chose the decision by the couple to quit their lives as senior members of the Royal Family as their "biggest mistake" when asked by Steinfort.
Meghan's father commented: "Leaving the royals because that’s what she married into and that was explained to her and that the people of England loved her and loved Harry.
"I mean they were the stars and everybody loved them in England and they walked away from that so when they walked away, they walked away from the people too.
"It was a mistake. They could have worked it there.”
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When asked if he had any advice for his son-in-law, Thomas Markle said: "Yes, think about the royals. Stop giving away all of the secrets about the royals and love your children and your wife but also love your grandmother and your father."
Prince Harry has spoken at length about the difficulties he has faced in his relationship with his father Charles, Prince of Wales in both his documentary series and in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
He says he remains close with his grandmother The Queen, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex naming their recently newborn daughter Lilibet (referred to as 'Lili') after the family's personal nickname for the monarch.
The couple now resides in California with their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two, and newborn daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.