The extraordinary attack from Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, who also guarded Harry and his older brother Prince William as children, comes as relations between Thomas Markle Snr and the Royal Family reach breaking point.
Speaking to Yahoo News’ ‘The Royal Box’, Mr Wharfe offered his sympathies to Mr Markle over the level of media intrusion he has so far incurred since being thrown into the global limelight over the past few months.
He suggested that as Prince Harry knows what this is like through many years of experience, the Duke of Sussex should have done more to warn Meghan Markle’s father.
Mr Wharfe said: “A lady of mixed heritage, a divorcee, an American, suddenly becomes this Princess of the oldest Royal Family in the world and then is to be married with a billion audience worldwide.
“It does throw it into a completely different arena. Once the fairytale moves off, then the press want the next story, and the story is her father.
“Nobody is looking after him, and they are going to bend his arm, there will be offers of money, the pursuit from paparazzi and all the negative reporting that we have seen.”
Commenting on the role Harry should be playing to help the situation, Mr Wharfe added: “He has been through the mill himself, he knows what the press intrusion is like.
“He has a drawbridge to hide behind when they pursue him. Thomas Markle doesn’t.
Prince Harry has been criticised for not doing enough to protect Meghan Markle’s father Thomas
“This was a case that was badly dealt with by the Palace.
“This relationship is going to be played out their entire life and I just hope that she can find a way through it.”
The outburst towards Harry comes after Mr Markle revealed he hung up on Harry in a heated exchange with the royal after being exposed for staging paparazzi photographs for money.
He said he was “upset” by the apparent tirade from his son-in-law, which came as he was recovering from heart surgery.
In what he claimed will be his last interview, Mr Markle said: “Harry told me that I should never go to the press.
“That it would end in tears. He said, ‘They will eat you alive’. He was right.”
Instead of taking the royal’s advice, whom he has never met, Mr Markle has continued to take part in a series of interviews is the wake being caught out for staging series of pictures with the paparazzi that raked in £100,000.
Mr Markle claimed the money from the fake snaps of him being measured for a suit, of him pretending to get in shape for the wedding and of him sat in a cafe reading up on the Royal Family, was divided between him and the photographer.
Thomas Markle did not attend the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
After obtaining shock CCTV footage of the plot, the publication approached Kensington Palace with the revelation, which triggered a call from an irate Prince Harry to Mr Markle.
Mr Markle claims he told Harry: “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead, then you could pretend to be sad.”
He then said he put the phone down.