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Meghan Markle's estranged father Thomas threatened to expose her dirty laundry as he begged to be allowed to meet Lilibet.

In a trailer for an interview with 60 minutes Australia, set to air this Sunday, he said he hadn't spoken to Meghan or Harry for three years.

Thomas added that he learnt about his new granddaughter the same way as everyone else – on the news.

The 40-second trailer sees him ask to be forgiven for what he calls his "one dumb mistake".

He said: "I haven't spoken to her [Meghan] since two days before they got married."

When asked about where he learnt of Lilibet's birth, he said: "No phone calls, I just heard it on the radio.

"I'll be very disappointed that I don't get to hold my granddaughter."

The interviewer asks Thomas if he thinks Meghan still loves him in the 40 second teaser trailer, which is being promoted as yet another explosive tell-all interview.

The voiceover claims that Thomas is enacting a “desperate plea to be forgiven” after he was caught staging paparazzi shots ahead of her royal wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

Thomas revealed in the trailer: “You want dirty laundry? This is the first time I’ve ever discussed these things.”

Meghan and her father have had a difficult and estranged relationship since he posed in images supposedly getting ready for the royal wedding, including a tuxedo fitting and reading a book about Great Britain in an internet café.

Thomas later expressed regrets over the “hammy” and “stupid” looking pictures.

He did not attend the wedding of the century so as not to embarrass his daughter after the bad press he had received.

It was later announced that he had urgent heart surgery at hospital.

Instead of walking the blushing bride down the aisle, her father-in-law Prince Charles stepped in and did the honours.

Meghan’s mother looked on with pride as her beautiful bride married Prince Harry in the most exciting royal wedding in years.

Addressing her father’s behaviour towards her, Meghan told Oprah in the tell-all interview that she "genuinely can't imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain" to son Archie.

Thomas Markle has never met his grandson Archie, or his granddaughter Lilibet.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Friday 4 June at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Shortly after her birth proud granddad Thomas told The Sun online: “I’m very pleased that my daughter and my new granddaughter had a successful delivery. I wish them all my love and the best of luck.”

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