AceShowbiz - Prince Harry has won over girlfriend Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Radlan, as they were previously seen bonding together at the closing ceremony of Invictus Games in Toronto. Now that royal engagement rumors swirl around, people wonder what the "Suits" actress' dad, Thomas Markle, has to say about his daughter's romance with the British prince.
Award-winning cinematographer Thomas, who is now living a low-key life in a sleep area of Mexico on the California border, reportedly is giving his full support for Meghan's high-profile relationship with Harry. A source tells Daily Mail that Thomas knew about Meghan and Harry's relationship way before the world did. "But he never breathed a word. Fame and celebrity mean nothing to him. He's seen Hollywood from the inside," says a source, before adding that Thomas' "only concern is Meghan."
"Tom will call sometimes so I know how he's doing. He's happy his daughter is with Prince Harry and he's glad she's found love," 43-year-old Allison Leber, who lives in the same block as Thomas, says. "He never expected this. He was expecting a quiet retirement in Mexico."
"Tom adores his daughter but he wants the relationship with Harry to take its natural course and he has no interest in speaking publicly about the relationship," another source speaks of the 73-year-old retired lighting director.
Thomas is also said to be "incredibly proud of Meghan and all that she's achieved but he's been horrified by some of the negative things that have been said by certain family members who haven't had any contact with her in years, including his eldest son and daughter." While he reportedly "couldn't be more proud of Meghan," Thomas "has no interest in the circus that comes with her dating a prince" since he "wants a quiet life."
Thomas and Doria split when Meghan was just 5 years old after tying the knot in Pennsylvania in 1980. Thomas, who lovingly calls Meghan "Bean", previously worked on American soap operas such as "General Hospital" and "Married... With Children". In addition, he did the lighting for the 1984 LA Olympics and the 1986 Oscars and even won an Emmy.