Thomas Markle, 75, told a friend he hopes to end their family feud now Meghan and the grandson he has never seen are barely 150 miles from his home in Mexico. He is reported as saying: "I hope the path is clear, once the pandemic has passed, for us to be reconciled and for me to get the opportunity of holding little Archie in my arms." According to his friend, Thomas is "delighted" that his son - Meghan's half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr - recently appealed to her to heal their bitter rift.
Thomas Jnr said: "I have been a bad son and a bad brother to Meg.
"I've had no business making things worse, but I want them to reconcile. I hope Meghan gets in contact but my dad needs to prepare himself for it never happening. She did not get in contact after his heart attack."
Thomas Snr's friend said: "He knows, the whole family knows, there have been missteps on all sides but he deeply feels life's too short for them all to continue to hold grudges and resentments towards each other.
"Thomas told me he is full of hope that, now she and her new family are so close geographically, Meghan will relent and invite him back into her life, even for a brief meeting where they can talk for a few minutes and he can meet Archie.
"As soon as he heard they had flown to LA from Canada before the border was closed, his mood lightened and he says he now feels full of hope they can put their differences aside.
"Given that she and Archie are now just a two-hour car ride away, he thinks it would be agonising beyond belief for his daughter not to reach out.
"He's never stopped loving her - in fact, he adores her.The truth is he believes his phone is going to ring one day soon and it will be her on the other end.
"I know his son has tried to warn him that might not happen. But he's convinced it will - and I don't think I've seen him in brighter spirits since news broke of Meghan's move to LA."
Meghan's dash to LA with Harry and Archie has reportedly "stunned and horrified" members of the Royal Family, who had hoped they would instead return to Britain to help support their relatives.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are believed to be staying in a mansion owned by a showbiz friend, along with her mother Doria.