(PAGE SIX) – Meghan Markle‘s smile is hiding fear, stress and the pressure of adjusting to her new royal duties, her father said in an interview published Sunday.
“I think she is terrified,” Thomas Markle told The Sun. “I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile.”
“I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now,” he added. “This is a pained smile.”
The newly-minted Duchess of Sussex, 36, is struggling to cope with the transition from TV actress to a member of the royal family with public responsibilities, according to her dad.
While touring Dublin with her husband Prince Harry, 33, she even reportedly told a fan that she missed portraying the character Rachel Zane on the drama “Suits.”
“It really worries me. I think she’s under too much pressure,” said Thomas Markle, 73. “There’s a high price to pay to be married to that family.”
The former TV lighting director blasted the royal family as “outdated” and wondered why his daughter had to start conforming to a “ridiculous” dress code.
“Meghan seems like something out of an old movie,” he told The Sun. “Why in 2018 are we dressing like the 1930s? Why do they have to cover their knees?”
The new royal is being isolated from her former life, said her dad, who added that’s he’s been frozen out by the family over his staged-photo debacle.
“I think Meghan is in deeper than I am,” he said. “I’m not blaming Harry or anyone else but they are following rules that don’t make sense to me.”
“They are no less human than anybody else,” he added. “God knows, I feel sorry for them, for not being able to show emotion.”
Thomas Markle, who had to skip the royal wedding in May because of health issues, said his daughter has stopped answering his calls and that Kensington Palace won’t return his texts.
“I had a heart attack, doesn’t anybody care?” he asked. “I could actually die soon.”
The last time he communicated with his daughter, was right after the wedding when he wished her and Harry a happy honeymoon, he said.
“If I had one message for her it would be that I’m sorry for anything that went wrong,” he told the Sun. “I’d like to put our differences behind us and get together. I miss you very much.”