Self-serving Thomas Markle unlikely to get to see grandkids, expert claims

Thomas Markle has "no path for visitation" in his bid to meet his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet, a US legal expert has said.

Last week the 77-year-old said he is considering taking legal action against his daughter Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry because he allegedly hasn't been allowed to see his grandchildren.

The Sussexes' eldest child Archie, born in May 2019, and newborn daughter Lilibet are yet to meet Mr Markle, who has also never met Prince Harry, due to the strained relationship he has with his daughter.

And now celebrity divorce attorney Mark Gross, who has represented a number of famous faces including Charlie Sheen and Lisa Marie Presley, has told Us Weekly Mr Markle's case is weak.

Citing a previous case, Gross said 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".

The attorney notes that "with no relationship established between Mr Markle and his grandchildren, there is no path that any court would give him for visitation".

He said: "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.

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"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."

Announcing his intention to file for visitation, Thomas previously 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," he added.

Thomas' rift with Meghan and Harry is long-running after he made a deal with a paparazzi photographer to stage photos of him before the royal wedding in May 2018.

He later apologised, telling Good Morning Britain a month after the wedding: "I thought it would be a nice way of improving my look, but obviously that all went to hell.

"I feel bad about it, I apologised for it, it was a mistake."

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He did not walk Meghan down the aisle at the ceremony after suffering a heart attack, with Prince Charles taking his place.

Meghan later told Oprah that her father had 'betrayed' her and she "found it hard to reconcile" with him.

The damage was done and Markle Sr continued to add more strain by speaking to reporters.

Last month Mr Markle launched an attack on Harry and his daughter Meghan, calling them "cold" for refusing to see him. He added that even "axe murderers" are visited by their families.

"I made one dumb mistake and I’ve been punished for it," he added.

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