Thomas Markle reveals regret at not being invited to baby Archie's christening

File photo dated 08/05/19 of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing for the christening of their son Archie, which will take place on Saturday.

Meghan Markle's estranged father has broken his silence following the christening of his grandson Archie Harrison.

Thomas Markle, 74, said he would have liked to have been present at the service, which took place on Saturday at a private chapel at Windsor Castle.

But he wishes his daughter, son-in-law and baby grandson 'health and happiness.'

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the retired lighting director said: "I have been asked if I would have liked to have gone to Britain to see my new grandson being christened.

"I was an altar boy at age 12, a confirmed member of the Queen's church at age 14, and Archie is my new grandson, so of course I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing, wishing Archie and his parents health and happiness."

The Duchess of Sussex's mother Doria Ragland was her only family member to attend the wedding last year and was present at the christening at Saturday.

It's believed that Meghan hasn't spoken to her dad Thomas since her wedding last May. He admitted he staged paparazzi photos for money and subsequently pulled out of walking his daughter down the aisle, reportedly due to health problems.

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NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERICAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS. NO CROPPING. Copyright in this photograph is vested in The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Publications are asked to credit the photographs to Chris Allerton. No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photograph. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Royal fans, John Loughrey and Ann Daley, celebrate the christening by a opening a champagne bottle on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Camilla the dog outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A cake from a royal well-wisher outside Windsor Castle in celebration of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey, with company from Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Anne Daley dresses her dog Camilla in christening attire along with balloons in celebration ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the intimate private chapel at Windsor Castle. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal fan John Loughrey, 64, camped out in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Union Jack bunting in Windsor on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Royal fans celebrate the christening on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
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Since the wedding, Mr Markle has given numerous interviews to the press and TV channels, including sharing excerpts of a five-page letter Meghan wrote him in August last year.

Mr Markle has not met his son-in-law Harry or his new grandson.

When Archie was born, he gave a statement to The Sunsaying: "I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor [sic].

"God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen."

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