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EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle's father is 'extremely hurt' by Prince Harry's claim the royals are 'the family she never had

Meghan's mother is Doria Ragland, an African-American, who met her father Thomas Markle on the set of the U.S. soap General Hospital, where he worked as a lighting director when she was a temp in the studio.

Harry, 33, said spending Christmas with his bride-to-be was "fantastic" and his family "loved having her" at Sandringham in Norfolk, England.

"He dedicated the majority of all his time and everything to her", Thomas Jr., 51, told the Daily Mail of his dad's bond with the Suits alum, 36, in an interview published on Friday, December 29. Nearly a year later it was a place where the couple spent a very romantic holiday together visiting a luxury camp in the heart of the African country wilderness where they camped out under the stars. "It was always somewhere, even though we lived in different parts of the city", Thomas continued.

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But Grant, her half sister through Meghan's father, is furious at the Prince's comments, taking to Twitter to vent her anger.

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"No look, she's done an absolutely incredible job". "I don't know if she gets to invite who she wants".

Meghan Markle is going have a monumental 2018. We're sure that Prince Harry's comment wasn't meant to cause so much tension, but we can understand why the Markles are so upset.

Actually she has a large family who were always there with her and for her. She was very privileged.

"No one was estranged, she was just too busy. She always did. Our dad is wonderful and completely self-sacrificing". Marrying merely extends it.

While acting as guest editor of BBC's Radio 4 programme this morning, he opened up about Christmas Day, saying the couple had spent the day with his brother William and sister-in-law Kate, adding they had been "running around with the kids".

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