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Thomas Markle predicts royal baby soon for Harry and Meghan

He said Meghan's always loved children

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s father has predicted she and Prince Harry will start a family soon.

Thomas Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that his 36-year-old daughter has always loved children so it wouldn’t surprise him if the newlyweds are already planning a baby.

He said: “She has wanted children for a long time. And when she met Harry she spoke about how much she loved him and so there has to be a child in the making somewhere soon.”

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Harry and Meghan married in May 19 (Credit: Splash)

He added: “I don’t think there is a stork in the air yet but I think it will happen sooner or later.”

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Thomas, 73, was forced to miss the Royal Wedding due to ill health, undergoing emergency heart surgery just days before Meghan tied the knot with Harry.

That meant he wasn’t able to walk his daughter down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Thomas spoke exclusively to GMB (Credit: ITV)

Instead, Thomas watched the fairytale ceremony on a TV at the B&B he was staying at after being released from hospital.

He watched as Harry’s father, Prince Charles, walked Meghan down part of the aisle.

“Everybody was watching my daughter and I couldn’t have been more proud,” said Thomas. “And like I said, how could I ask for a better replacement than Charles? I just wish it could have been my hand holding my daughter’s not his but I think he was wonderful for doing it.”

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Harry and Meghan married at Windsor Castle (Credit: Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Thomas also had words of praise for his ex-wife Doria Ragland, who was the only member of Meghan’s family to get an invite to the wedding.

“My ex-wife is a beautiful woman,” he said. “I thought she looked very good. I kind of wish she was sitting with someone, unfortunately I couldn’t be there but she did very well.”

He added: “We get along, we talk, we have always had a good relationship around our daughter and between the two of us. It shows in our child.”

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Thomas praised ex-wife Doria (Credit: Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Thomas also applauded Meghan’s decision not to invite any other family members; a decision that saw many of them, including half-sister Samantha, voice their disappointment publicly.

“It gets complicated,” admitted Thomas. “Basically some 40, 50, 60 Markles came out of the woodwork all asking for invitations to the wedding and Meghan probably had the good sense to invite none because she would have offended the others.”

Thomas also opened up about his decision to work with a photography agency on staged photos, admitting it was a huge mistake and he regretted it now.

Thomas said he cried while watching the wedding on TV (Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

He said both Meghan and Harry had been very forgiving when the news emerged shortly before their wedding.

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“I accept full responsibility, and I can say I’m sorry for those things for the rest of my life, but I’m paying for those things for the rest of my life…But as long as they’re happy and they have a great life and have some beautiful children and do good things in the world, I can’t ask for more.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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