I think Harry sees a lot of his mum in Meghan, she really cares for others...
stove or wandering the streets, confused. For two years, every other weekend Meghan visited Gran without fail. She would read to her, show her books, watch TV with her. She did anything to make life appear normal as possible.
“As she grew worse, Gran would often forget who my dad or I was. We were going every weekend. But when Meg walked in, an instant smile crossed Gran’s face and she knew she’d be OK.”
He went on: “Meg has this ability to bring comfort to those she meets, and I truly think it’s something similar to what Princess Diana had. She has a great warmth for people she meets, installed in her by [her mum] Doria and Dad.”
Thomas Jnr yesterday toured Kensington Palace to see where his half-sister will spend her new life with Harry, 33.
Recalling Meghan’s upbringing, he said their dad “doted” on her. The glazier added: “She was his entire world.
“Dad worked very long days as a lighting director in Hollywood. He was extremely well respected in his field and got paid well for what he did. It allowed him to provide everything Meg could wish for; she wanted for nothing.
“But despite the lifestyle she had, it was Dad’s affection she was richest in. There’s a picture of Meg as a baby lying on his chest. It’s the perfect picture of the two. They were inseparable.”
Thomas Jnr, who hopes to rebuild his relationship with Meghan after growing apart in recent years, was 15 when she was born.
Several years earlier, his dad had met make-up artist Doria Ragland at a TV studio and they fell in love.
Despite a 12-year age gap, the pair got married. They lived in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles when Meghan was born. Thomas Jnr would often be called on for babysitting.
He said: “She was adorable growing up. When I was about 18 and Meg was three, I had a dog called Bo. She loved him like he was hers. The pair of them would never let each other out of their sights before curling up to go to sleep.”
Thomas Snr and Doria later moved with Meghan to Hollywood, but shortly after their relationship began to falter. They split by the time Meghan was six. Thomas Jnr said: “I think as Meg was still quite young it shielded her a little from the breakup, which was quite acrimonious. The fact Dad worked such long hours protected Meg. He still spent any moment away from work with Meg. You can see Dad’s influences in her to this day.
“Two years ago before her relationship with Harry was really out there, she thanked him on Father’s Day on Instagram for what he’d done for her, including the work ethic installed in her.”
Thomas Jnr said his dad’s own hard work helped him provide Meghan with “the best education he could afford”. It
Far from poor, Meg was richest in Dad’s affection
THOMAS JNR ON MEGHAN’S UPBRINGING began at private elementary school Little Red School House in Hollywood, in the late 1980s. Former pupils include Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose.
Meghan left around 1992 to join Immaculate Heart High School. Thomas Jnr said: “Dad would help with the staging of school plays, which Meg took to like a duck to water.
“She was never more at home than in front of an audience. It’s what makes her so at ease when meeting people.
“I think people fell in love with Diana because they saw her vulnerability. Meg is not like that, but she does share the sense of empathy Diana had.”
He added: “It’s difficult to think how far Meg has come. It’s not like she came from a poor background. Far from it.
“But to think where she is set to live is incredible. At school, Meg was obsessed with anything princess. She loved all the Disney movies which featured them. Never did I think, watching her grow up, would she become one herself.”
Thomas Markle Jnr on a visit to the royal landmark yesterday