‘No path for visitation’ Thomas Markle unlikely to win right to see Archie and Lilibet

Thomas Markle issues warning over court access to grandchildren

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Last week, the retired American television lighting director and director of photography vowed to take Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to court in order to meet his grandchildren. The 77-year-old, who has not seen his daughter in more than six years, branded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “bad” parents and said they had made “mistakes” in raising Archie and newborn Lilibet.

However, celebrity divorce attorney Mark Gross told Us Weekly, Mr Markle’s case is weak and unlikely to succeed.

Citing a previous case, Mr Gross explained a judge had ruled “substantial relationship between the grandparent and the children [and] it has to be in the best interest of the children to have a relationship with the grandparent.”

In relation to Mr Markle’s current situation, the celebrity attorney said that “with no relationship established between Mr Markle and his grandchildren, there is no path that any court would give him for visitation.”

He added: “Given Mr Markle going on television and giving interviews with his intentions of seeking visitation, well that certainly isn’t in the best interest of the children either.

“Any judge is going to look at that and have cause for concern.

“If he were my client, I would advise him to not give any interviews, period.

“It’s only self-serving.”

Meghan has endured a very strained relationship with her father since before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

The relationship began to sour after Mr Markle liaised with the paparazzi to stage photographs of himself for the press.

During the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan revealed her father had “betrayed” her and she “found it hard to reconcile” with him.

Announcing his intention to take the visitation matter to court, Mr Markle said: “We shouldn’t be punishing [Lili] for Meghan and Harry’s bad behaviour.

“Archie and Lili are small children. They’re not politics. They’re not pawns. They’re not part of the game. And they’re also royal and entitled to the same rights as any other royal.

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“I will be petitioning the California courts for the rights to see my grandchildren in the very near future.”

Last month he accused Harry and Meghan of being “cold” for refusing to see him.

In a television interview, he added: “Of course it hurts. There are axe murderers in prison, and their family comes to see them.

“I’m not an axe murderer.”

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