Though Meghan Markle's relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, is currently at an all-time low, her ex-boyfriend Joshua Silverstein claims the two were never truly that close to begin with.
"I knew her dad growing up as kids," he told Us Weekly. "I didn’t see him often ... but I did know that Meghan’s relationship with her dad was complicated and I understood that as most teenager-to-parent relationships are."
On the other hand, Silverstein, a performance artist, noted that he got to know her mom, Doria Ragland, much better, though at the time, Meghan's parents were divorced.
"It’s hard raising your kids without the secondary parent," he said. "It’s all challenging. I don’t think there was anything specifically surprising to find out at that time because there were a lot of people that I knew [who] had challenging relationships with their parents. But I did know about it.”
Silverstein suggested that the actress' tension with her father could have just been a result of the divorce, though he "couldn’t speak to the specificity of what Meghan went through."
Despite the strain, he stated the father and daughter always had "very cordial" interactions.
"I think at the end of the day, we’re all human beings and we all have to create boundaries with people that we may not want to create boundaries with," he explained. "But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you and your family."
"If that means creating a boundary with your parents, sometimes that’s what you have to do," he concluded.
The Suits star cut ties with Thomas after he lied to her about his involvement with the paparazzi.
Meanwhile, Thomas has been trying to reach out to his estranged daughter, but she has yet to respond.
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An insider told The Sun he recently went to the home of Oprah Winfrey — the TV personality who interviewed Meghan and Prince Harry for their tell-all — to deliver a note, asking the star if she would interview him herself.
"He feels he deserves a chance to have his say," the insider shared, adding that he wants to "tell his side of the story."