Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle’s father, may be on the outs with the Royals at the moment but this won’t stop him from speaking out about the birth of the royal baby.

Thomas has released a statement, congratulating his daughter and son-in-law on the arrival of their son and speaking about how proud he is that his grandchild is part of the royal family.

This comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their royal baby boy in a post to Instagram.

Thomas Markle, an ex-Hollywood lighting director, reportedly hasn’t spoken to Meghan since just after the royal wedding in May last year.

But today in a statement released to The Sun, he chose to speak out about the birth of his sixth grandchild, congratulating his daughter and wishing the newborn boy “health and happiness”.

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“I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well,” Thomas said in the statement.

“I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity and honour.

“GOD bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God Save the Queen.”

Thomas Markle’s relationship with Meghan and the royal family has been strained ever since he was caught on numerous occasions speaking to the press and paying photographers to take pictures of him.

Thomas claimed that Meghan and Harry froze him out after he conducted a series of interviews with the media.

Thomas also didn’t attend the royal wedding of his daughter in 2018 after suffering a heart attack.

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