Although Meghan Markle's father wasn't there to walk his daughter down the aisle when she wed Prince Harry, he did play a very integral part in their unity--and that was granting his permission when Prince Harry asked for his daughter's hand in marriage.
In his first televised interview her father, Thomas Markle, revealed intimate details regarding the couple and his private conversations with his future son-in-law. Markle said Prince Harry called and asked for his permission last December before proposing to Meghan--and, although he has yet to meet the royal in person, he granted his request. "Actually, Meghan told me first [they were going to get married] and then a few times after that, Harry got on the phone with Meghan. They called me together and Harry asked for her hand over the phone and I said, ‘you’re a gentleman. Promise you’ll never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I give you my permission.’"
He also said he had no concerns over his daughter's second marriage. "My daughter’s very intelligent. She knows how to choose who she wants to be with," he said when asked if he had any reservations about the relationship. "She’s a smart girl. And she made a good pick, didn’t she?"
Markle's father was interviewed by Piers Morgan for Good Morning Britain and was compensated for the appearance, although he admitted that his daughter and Prince Harry advised him against speaking to the media. "For the most part, it was always ‘don’t speak to the press.’ The rest of the things were just be careful but they were very emphatic about not giving any information to the press or talking to them because it just encourages them more so nonetheless that’s what I tried to do," he said.
Although both Meghan and Harry kept a low profile when they first started dating, her father revealed the moment that his daughter told him she was dating a member of the royal family. "The first phone calls [with Meghan] were, 'Daddy, I have a new boyfriend,’ and I said, 'That's really nice,' and then the next call was, 'He's British,' and I said, ‘Well, that's really nice,' and eventually the third time around was like, 'He's a prince,' and at that point she said, 'It's Harry,' and I said, 'Oh Harry. Okay.’ And she said, ’Of course, we'll have to call him "H" so no one knows that we're talking about Harry. It’s H.’"