Thomas Markle’s interview on Good Morning Britain has the internet talking

Clara Hill@clara_ish
Tuesday 09 March 2021 09:25
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Thomas Markle’s appearance on Good Morning Britain has set the internet alight after his daughter Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duchess, who is estranged from her father, explained how she felt “betrayed” by him following his attempts to quash a story in the press.

In a clip that did not make it into the broadcast, she described how she felt even more strongly about her father since becoming a parent herself, telling Oprah about how when looking at Archie “I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally hurt this child

Thomas Markle has done a lot of strange collaborations with the press for what one might consider a “loving father’. The royal couple successfully sued the Mail On Sunday for their publishing of an emotional letter Meghan sent her father, winning on grounds of copywriting.

This guest booking on ITV’s flagship show has been met with outrage on Twitter.

Some people felt it was Piers Morgan, a presenter on the show, enacting his personal vendetta against Meghan Markle, an apparent ex-friend who wants nothing to do with him. They also highlighted the inconsistencies between his attitudes between the two of them.

Yesterday, Ofcom received numerous complaints about Morgan declaring he did not believe Meghan Markle felt suicidal because of the press attention she received. She outlined her experiences in the bombshell interview, among other revelations.

Some people felt that Thomas’ assertion that there was no racism in the UK was a strange conclusion for him, a white man to come to.

Other users felt it was weird that he was contributing to further negative press coverage that attacked his vulnerable, pregnant daughter, instead of respecting her wishes.

Other people shared their experience of estranged relatives and believing it was a kind of emotional abuse to parade him onto daytime television to speak about his daughter, who does not wish to hear from him.

Some people expressed concern for Thomas Markle himself, who appears to be a very vulnerable person, questioning if the media ought to take advantage of him like this.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email [email protected], or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you are based in the USA, and you or someone you know needs mental health assistance right now, call National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More: Meghan saying she had suicidal thoughts during Oprah interview was more than revealing. It was heartbreaking.

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