Thomas Markle, the father of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, expounded more on Thursday about his previous plans to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that were aborted after he suffered a stroke in May. 

The 77-year-old Markle, who has been a steadfast critic of his daughter’s marriage to Prince Harry to the point of calling him an “idiot” on British national television, was slated to do an interview whilst attending the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to pay respect to the throne had he not suffered from his stroke in May, according to Business Insider

“I had a stroke and was unable to attend the Jubilee and I am still recovering, but it was my intention to come to pay my respect to the Queen, the royals, and the British people,” Thomas Markle said. “I was invited to the Jubilee by Dan Wootton and Lady C and other friends in Britain, I did not plan on seeing my daughter and Harry.”

Markle has largely not spoken with his daughter Meghan since her wedding in 2018. In a video posted on his YouTube channel with photographer Karl Larsen recently, however, he claimed that his visit was arranged before the Sussexes were confirmed to be attending, Insider reported. 

“I don't think we'll bump into each other, I don't think we'll go to the same places, but I'm sure there'll be times when there will be glances between myself and my daughter and my son-in-law, and we'll just have to play it by ear,” he said. 

Larsen, who formed the Remarkable Friendship YouTube channel with Markle earlier this year, defended the channel as a way of seeing the real Thomas in action without him being cornered by the questions, even as Markle and his son have reportedly cut ties with him around May.

“When he does interviews on networks, whether it's with Piers Morgan or Dan Wootton, they're always drilling him with questions and then he feels like he always has to answer it,” Larsen said. “He's got no filter... There are things that are said on my channel that I think are inappropriate, that I cut out."

“But people like Dan Wootton, he's not gonna cut out, 'Oh, Harry's an idiot?' We gotta keep that,” Larsen continued. 

Wootton was reportedly planning a TV special centered around interviewing Markle, and had helped him receive accommodations with Lady Colin Campbell in her home the Castle Goring in West Sussex. 

Larsen is currently writing a book about his experience with Markle entitled “Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: My Story with Thomas Markle” with writer Timothy Reinhardt.

GettyImages-1400891509 Thomas Markle, the father of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was reportedly not planning to see her or her husband Prince Harry if he was able to go to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.