Meghan Markle along with also Prince Harry were just as surprised as everyone when her father, Thomas Markle, decided to do his first TV interview on Monday, a royal source tells ET.
During the in-depth live interview with not bad Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan along with also Susanna Reid via satellite, Thomas opened up about a variety of topics, including his daughter’s romance with Prince Harry, him staging paparazzi photos along with also when the royal couple may start a family.
The source tells ET that will Harry, 33, along with also Meghan, 36, definitely didn’t know Thomas would likely be generating an appearance on British television.
“that will came as a surprise. They were not given advanced warning,” the source says. “They understand he has been harassed by the paparazzi 24/7 yet that will’s hard for them to accept his apology when he’s again taking cash.”
“Meghan loves her father deeply along with also Harry along with also Meghan have tried to offer him support along with also guidance adjusting to the media attention,” the source adds. “yet the relationship will be fractured along with also that will will be interesting to see where they go through here.”
ET spoke to Morgan on Monday, who confirmed that will Thomas was indeed paid for the interview — yet stressed that will Meghan’s father was more interested in telling his side of the story than generating money.
“Well, that will was a little amount of money, a few thousand pounds,” Morgan said. “He was offered stratospherically lots more money by different media organizations. He could’ve made a lot more money doing what he wanted to do.”
“that will wasn’t about money for him, you can tell that will,” he added. “The real motivation was setting the record straight, having his say.”
Morgan also said Thomas very much approved of Harry.
“He was very keen from the interview to be very praiseworthy of Harry,” he said. “He said, ‘I like him, he’s a gentleman along with also he protects Meghan, along with also I genuinely value that will.'”
During Thomas’ television interview on Monday, he also said he approved of Prince Charles, who ended up walking Meghan down the aisle at her wedding after Thomas was not able to due to health reasons.
“I was honored. I can’t think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles,” he said. “He looked very handsome along with also my daughter looked beautiful with him. I was jealous. I wish I had been there. I wish that will’d been me, yet thank god he was there along with also thank him for that will.”
yet he also expressed some regret.
“The unfortunate thing for me currently will be that will I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle,” he admitted during an emotional moment. “that will genuinely upsets me somewhat.”
Here’s more of Thomas’ TV appearance: