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Thomas Markle says Meghan and Harry's new life will 'never work' and slams couple for 'hurting The Queen'

Heartbroken Thomas Markle expressed his disappointment as the couple step back from royal life, before revealing his failed attempts to reach out to Meghan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began their new life in Canada last week, following a shock announcement that they would be giving up their roles as senior royals and become financially independent.

Now, the Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas Markle has branded the move 'embarrassing' during an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain.

"What they've decided to do, to me, is embarrassing," he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

"I think when they got married, they married into royalty and they knew what they were getting themselves into - that's been Harry's life and Meghan's had a similar kind of life."

The 75-year-old also alluded to reports that the couple failed to inform The Queen and other senior members of the royal family before making their decision.

He added: "I think they've hurt the Queen, I think they've hurt the royals and it just doesn't work to be going to another country and serving England. It's never going to work."

"I'm a little embarrassed for them and I'm feeling very sorry for The Queen."

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Thomas Markle said Prince Harry and Meghan have 'hurt The Queen'. Credit: ITV/PA

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Meghan's relationship with her father has been strained following a series of missteps after he was caught staging photos with the paparazzi ahead of her wedding in May 2018.

In a dramatic turn of events, he wasn't present to walk Meghan down the aisle after suffering a heart attack just days before the big day.

The fallout continued after Thomas provided a newspaper with letters of correspondence he had with Meghan, which resulted in her suing the publication and he's now expected to be a key witness for the defence when the case heads to the High Court.

Speaking on whether his relationship with his daughter is now beyond repair, Thomas explained he has tried on a number of occasions to get in touch through her mother Doria Ragland.

He explained: "I’ve spoken and sent letters to Doria [the mother of the Duchess of Sussex] to get to Meghan - and that hasn’t happened as well. So no, I’m at their mercy."

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