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Meghan Markle’s dad says she should go back to UK during coronavirus crisis

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should have returned to the UK to help the Queen through the coronavirus crisis – according to Meghan's dad.

Thomas Markle said the couple would have been better off returning to Harry's homeland rather than jetting to LA in an attempt to avoid the killer bug.

Thomas, 75, is now just 155 miles from his daughter and grandson Archie.

He said he hopes they change their mind on their decision to quit as senior royals, telling the Sunday Mirror : “I think Meghan and Harry should go back to the Royal family in the UK and be supportive of the Queen.

“I think they should be in England at this time and not in LA.”

He added: “I really support the idea of them going back to the Royal Family.

“They can join the A-list and make lots of money, of course, when the problem with the virus is over.

“But they will never find the respect they would have as full members of the Royal Family.”

Thomas, a retired Hollywood lighting director, said he sends good wishes to the 93-year-old Queen and Prince Charles – who is currently in self-isolation after contracting Covid-19.

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Despite his heart condition putting him at high risk from the virus, Thomas said Meghan has not been in touch with him.

Meghan's dad said he hopes the pandemic will remind the couple what's important in life, and begged the pair to forgive him.

He said he is anxious Meghan could be at risk from Covid-19, which is raging in California.

Thomas said: “I am in the high risk category, but now a number of young people are also coming down with it.

“If I could say anything to Harry and Meghan right now it is that life is too short.

“I would certainly tell them to be careful and I would tell them that I love them.

“This is the time to think about what is really important in life – it’s too short and unpredictable.

“While we have to isolate physically, there is no reason to isolate personally from each other at this time.”

Thomas hasn’t spoken to Meghan since missing her wedding following a heart attack in May 2018.

They have been at loggerheads after it emerged he had collaborated with a paparazzi photographer to make money from staged photos before the wedding.

Thomas — who is yet to meet grandson Archie — is desperately hoping Harry, 35, will forgive him and accept anyone can make a mistake.

Harry was himself duped by Russian pranksters impersonating eco-activist Greta Thunburg and her dad Svante.

During two phone calls with notorious jokers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov he indiscreetly said he is “completely separate” from most of the Royal Family and spoke openly about his agony over “Megxit”.

He was also critical of US president Donald Trump.

Thomas said: “We all think we do something right and it turns out to be wrong.

“Harry recently made a huge mistake talking to those Russian pranksters. He got tricked by those pranksters and I got tricked by doing those photos.

“We all make mistakes and I made a huge mistake. I should forgive them and they should forgive me.

“Ultimately, maybe it’s time for Archie to say hello to grandpa.”

Thomas lives alone in Rosarito, Mexico, and is now set to go into self-isolation.

Although he's been suffering from a cold for two months, he insists it is not coronavirus.

He said: “I have a good supply of food in, I’m ready to self-isolate and stay at home. I have more than enough food and water.”

Thomas is set to be a witness in the legal battle over a letter Meghan wrote to him detailing her heartbreak at their rift.

Thomas felt he'd been attacked and misrepresented in reports about the letter's existence, prompting him to take it to a UK newspaper.

He has now agreed to testify at London’s High Court — but hopes it doesn't come to that.

He said Meghan’s half-siblings Tom Jr, 53, and Samantha, 55, are in daily contact with him.

He said: “Every day I hear from Tom and Samantha, they call. They’re both doing fine at the moment.”

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Princess Diana secret tapes missing and may hold huge secrets about Royal Family

Bombshell video tapes of Princess Diana spilling top secrets about the Royal Family are still missing to this day.

The “People’s Princess” once spilled all in a series of intimate recordings taken after her split from Prince Charles.

Diana had hired former Coronation Street actor Peter Settelen as a voice coach to practice for future TV interviews.

She had especially taken on the £50-an-hour sessions to prepare for her famous 1995 Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.

In that jaw-dropping interview she would reveal all about the breakdown of her marriage to Charles and the prince’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Diana had let Settelen set up a video camera to record her speech lessons, so they could watch over them to look for improvements.

The lessons saw Diana practice – on camera at her Kensington Palace home at the time – what to say in the Panorama interview about her life and marriage.

In the end the footage lasted a whopping 50 hours, all filmed on 12 clips over 18 months in 1992 and 1993.

But the clips were never meant to be shown in public, and royal courtiers had previously warned Diana that Settelen might one day sell it.

In 2001 police then found seven of the reported 12 tapes during a raid on the home of Diana’s butler Paul Burrell.

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Settelen launched legal action to have them returned to him and then sold them to US network NBC, which broadcast some of the clips in 2004.

In 2007 the BBC then paid £30,000 to use excerpts in a documentary, but the move sparked controversy and the show was shelved.

Ten years later Channel 4 obtained the footage before – for the first time on British television – airing it in “Diana: In Her Own Words”.

But the controversial move was met by fury from Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, who pleaded with Channel 4 to axe the programme.

Diana’s friends also blasted it as “intrusive” and said it would hurt her son’s Princes William and Harry.

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Yet it went ahead, and the tapes that were aired would send shockwaves around the nation as the public watched the late Princess speak candidly about her life.

In the jaw-dropping clips, Diana – who died five years after the recordings were filmed in a horror car crash in Paris – admitted that she and Charles did not have sex for seven years before their split.

She claimed Prince Philip had encouraged Charles to cheat on her, telling him he could always go back to Camilla.

And she recounted how she once went sobbing to the Queen for help saving her marriage, claiming the monarch replied: “I don’t know what you should do. Charles is hopeless.”

In another tape, Diana revealed how she fell "deeply in love" with a royal protection officer – believed to Barry Mannakee who was was sacked amid rumours they slept together before he was killed in a motorbike crash weeks later.

And she said she was driven to bulimia because she did not feel she was good enough for the Royal Family.

But Diana’s series of stunning claims in these clips may be the tip of the iceberg.

It is claimed that although seven tapes were uncovered at Diana’s butler’s home, there were more clips in existence. Five more, to be exact.

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And according to royal biographer Robert Jobson, in his book Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams, the remaining video tapes are missing.

Kevin Sim, who produced the stalled BBC documentary and was also behind the aired Channel 4 documentary, once said: “I believe we’ve got seven tapes.

“There are more, but who knows where they are and what is on them?”

The tapes remain missing to this day, and could hold further royal secrets that the world may now never hear.

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Meghan Markle ‘forbids’ Harry to visit coronavirus-stricken Prince Charles

Meghan Markle has reportedly "forbidden" Prince Harry from travelling to see his father, Prince Charles, who is infected by coronavirus.

This week, Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 and at 71-years-old, he is considered a high risk patient.

Currently he is in self isolation in Scotland on the Balmoral estate with his wife Camilla, according to representatives of the royal.

According to reports the Duchess of Sussex has told Prince Harry "'under no circumstances is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now".

According to the Daily Mail, the source added: "Meghan said Harry's been in touch with his dad… Of course, he's frustrated. She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help."

Earlier this month, the royal couple attended their final public events before they step down as senior members of the Royal Family on March 31.

During their trip they saw Prince Charles and the Queen – who is also self isolating in Windsor.

Last week it was also revealed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still “desperately hoping” to visit the Queen in the UK this summer despite the coronavirus crisis.

Sources say Meghan is also looking to foster a black Labrador named Cole to help ease the strain on local animal shelters and rescue groups.

In an Instagram post, the Sussexes rallied fans to come together to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

They wrote: “These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary.

“How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle.

“We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us.”

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