Meghan Markle's family WON'T be sending her birthday presents as rift with dad Thomas Markle continues, author says

MEGHAN Markle's family WON'T be sending her 40th birthday presents due to the ongoing painful rift with her dad, a royal author claims.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow, but it's feared that her birthday party guest list will snub the Markle family – including her estranged dad.

Meghan has not seen her father for years, last speaking to him around the time of her wedding to Harry in 2018.

As the divide has continued to widen, Thomas recently revealed that he no longer even has his daughter's phone number – with an expert claiming he would not be among those invited to the duchess' birthday celebrations tomorrow.

Tom Bower, who is currently writing a tell-all book on the duchess, said: "The Sussexes’ ­celebrity neighbours, agents, lawyers and PR spin doctors will flock to their Montecito haven.

"But there will be no birthday cards from Meghan’s father and siblings, nor probably from her in-laws in London.

"There will certainly be no adoring congratulations from the small army of former friends the Duchess has shunned over the past 15 years, including her ex-husband, childhood confidants and discarded London associates."

He predicted that "sincere family love, ­wishing her another 40 healthy years, will be limited to her mother, the ­permanently silent Doria."

Shunned Thomas, who lives in Mexico, has not had any contact with his duchess daughter for three years, and he has never met her husband Harry, or their two tots, Archie and Lilibet.

The retiree was leading a quiet life in Mexico when he was thrust into the spotlight after Meghan married into the Royal Family in 2018.

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They dramatically fell out after he set up paparazzi snaps of himself getting fitted for a suit and reading articles about his daughter in the lead up to the Royal Wedding.

Mr Bower said that "Meghan appears to show little remorse about hurting" her dad.

His comments come days after Thomas vowed to take Meghan and Prince Harry to court so he can finally meet his grandchildren.

Speaking from his home in Rosarito, Mexico – 240 miles from the couple's £11million mansion – Thomas said "I will be petitioning the California courts for the rights to see my grandchildren in the very near future."

Thomas missed the couple's nuptials at St George's Chapel at Windsor after undergoing heart surgery.

There will be no birthday cards from Meghan’s father and siblings.

And the grandfather has since told of his devastation that he has not been able to speak with his daughter – and that he has yet to meet Harry and their kids.

The former lighting director, 76, told 60 Minutes: "I'm still waiting for them to get to me. I had tried early on to contact them and never got through.

"At this point I don't know their number."

Thomas added that he had left a letter for Oprah Winfrey, asking for a "chance to tell my story" after Harry and Meghan made explosive allegations to the TV host during a series of interviews.

But the retiree – who worked on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital – said he never received a response to the letter.

He said: "I feel that Harry is being put in a position that he's saying things he will never be able to take back.

"I wish Harry and Meghan and Archie and my new granddaughter all the love and best wishes in the world."

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