Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took over the news cycle when it was announced the couple was expecting their child, which is due to be born sometime in the spring. But while the internet began to wildly speculate about the Royal Baby’s name, title, and due date, one figure remained surprisingly silent: Meghan’s father Thomas. But over the weekend, Thomas shared his simple but emotional reaction to learning his daughter was pregnant with his future grandchild.
“I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby,'” the 74-year-old told The Mail. “It was a very proud moment.”
Thomas also said that after hearing the “overwhelming and joyful” news, the first thing he thought about “was holding Meghan in my arms as a newborn 37 years ago.”
“When they handed her to me and I held her in my arms for the first time it was love at first sight. She was the most beautiful baby,” Thomas recalled. “Meghan winked at me and I fell in love and have never stopped loving her from that day forward.”
Earlier this year, Thomas became a divisive figure due to his improper behavior leading up to his daughter’s marriage to Prince Harry, including selling staged paparazzi photos just days before the Royal Wedding. Ultimately, Thomas was unable to attend the wedding due to health problems and many have speculated that Thomas and Meghan’s relationship has become strained because of how he acted.
Whether or not that’s true, Thomas thankfully avoided any faux pas in this case, instead offering a heartfelt congratulations to his daughter while recalling his own happiness when he got to meet her for the first time. Nice job, dad.