I think Harry sees a lot of his mum in Meghan, she re­ally cares for oth­ers...

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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

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