Thomas Markle accuses Oprah of 'playing' daughter Meghan and Prince Harry: 'She's taking advantage of a very weakened man'

Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle's estranged father, told 60 Minutes Australia he believed Meghan and Harry were being used by Oprah Winfrey. (Photo: Getty Images / Getty Images for GCAPP)
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Thomas Markle, the estranged father of Meghan Markle, speaks about his daughter and son-in-law Prince Harry's relationship with Oprah Winfrey after their bombshell interview with the couple in March.
In a recent interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Markle, 76, revealed he believes Winfrey is exploiting the couple and says he even tried to reach out to Winfrey to share his own side of the story.
"I think Oprah Winfrey plays Harry and Meghan," said Markle, who has not spoken to his daughter in three years. "I think she's using them to build her network and her new shows and I think she's taking advantage of a very weak man and making him say things that just shouldn't be said on TV."
"It seems to me that she's pushing to make more of it and Apple stock is rising," Markle said, referring to Harry and Winfrey's new Apple TV + series, The Me You Can't See. "Your show is going up. So to have someone bare their soul in four, five different shows in front of 50, 60 million people, even Dr. Phil wouldn't do that."
When asked if he saw The Me You Can't See, Markle said he saw "some of them" and believes "it's a setup". "I think she pats herself on the shoulder and makes a lot of money doing it," he said. "I'm sure she gives Harry money and Meghan money, but I don't think it makes up for what they do."
When asked if he tried to speak to his daughter, Markle claimed he "waited for her" after trying to reach her early but "never got through". However, he admitted that he tried to reach Winfrey by leaving a letter "with my phone number and email" on her gate.
"I said, 'Give me a chance to tell my story,'" explained Markle. "I said it wasn't fair to tell this story without hearing my story. I didn't get a response."
Markle went on to say that he was "not attacking Oprah," but believes that Harry "is being put into a position of saying things he can never take back. This is a terrible thing."
Nevertheless, he claims he wishes "Harry and Meghan and Archie and hopefully my new granddaughter all the best in the world".
Markle is no stranger to speaking to the press about his daughter. Last year he appeared in a 90-minute documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, for which he sold never-before-seen photos and videos of Meghan as a child, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported. Speaking to the Royals, Markle said, “At this point you owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me something, Meghan owes me something. I should be rewarded for what I've been through. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years she will take care of me. I'm in my final years now - it's time to take care of Daddy. "
Despite Markle's statements, his daughter and Prince Harry had a pretty happy month. They welcomed their second child, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Friday June 4th, and announced the good news two days later. Prince William and Kate Middleton took to Instagram to celebrate their new niece with a photo of Meghan and Harry with their two-year-old son Archie.
"We are all delighted with the good news of the arrival of Baby Lili," the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have three children, previously wrote to Yahoo Entertainment. "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."
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