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Prince Harry given seal of approval from girlfriend Meghan's dad

By Nina Massey

Prince Harry has met his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s father, who is said to be “proud” of the relationship, according to reports.

The actress’s older brother revealed the meeting between the 32-year-old royal and Thomas Markle, a 72-year-old former lighting director, took place during one of Harry’s visits to Toronto, Canada.

“My dad knew about (the relationship) from the start,” Thomas Markle Jr told DailyMail.com.

“He first met Prince Harry about six months ago out in Toronto. He goes once every couple of months — (Meghan and Thomas Markle Sr) are very close and they stay in close contact. He’s pretty happy about Harry and he’s extremely proud of her. They have an amazing relationship, they’re very close and they always have been.”

However, Mr Markle said he was not sure whether Harry had met her mother yet. It is thought the Suits star stayed with Harry at his home in the grounds of Kensington Palace when she visited in November.

The prince’s relationship with the 35-year-old, which began in the summer, was confirmed when his communications secretary, Jason Knauf, issued a strongly-worded statement attacking the media over the “wave of abuse and harassment” the actress had experienced.

Mr Knauf revealed the depth of Harry’s feelings for his girlfriend when he said the Prince was “worried about Ms Markle’s safety” and “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her”.

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