According to a startling new report, Thomas Markle may be nothing more than a greedy old man who wants to cash in on his daughter's fame and fortune.
We'll give you a few moments to pick your jaw up off the ground...
Over the past several weeks, as you likely know by now, Meghan Markle has been dragged to the ends of the scorched earth by her father, Thomas, and her half-sister, Samantha.
(Samantha and Meghan shared a father, but not a mother; are 17 years apart in age; and did not grow up in the same household.)
... and so much more ridiculous, mean-spirited nonsense.
Thomas, of course, missed the Royal Wedding in May because he was suffering a few health problems at the time -- and also because he was embarrassed by a scandal in which he confessed to accepting money from paparazzi members in exchange for his permission to be photographed.
A general recluse living in Mexico, Thomas seemed to content to remain far out of the spotlight while his daughter grew into her life as The Duchess of Sussex.
That's what we thought this spring, at least.
But, boy, were we ever mistaken!
Thomas clearly wants a relationship with Markle and, as he's said so often, with his future grandkids.
However, that isn't all he wants, a source tells The Daily Mirror.
"While he was working, Tom supported all his children. He was generous," this insider says, adding of Markle's mindset and ongoing motivation:
"He made no secret that he expected... the money he spent on them would be repaid."
By whom? By his kids, of course!
“He says they have not given him a fuc-ing dime back," this source says of Markle.
"He is growing increasingly bitter about it, and it has not been helped by how his ex-wife, Meghan’s mum, has been so welcomed into the royal fold."
Maybe that's because she's nice? And generous? And doesn't think a parent is owed anything of monetary value simply because a parent did all he or she could for his or her child?
Just a theory.
"The fact she could be moving to England has not helped the situation while he is in a pokey home in Mexico," concludes this insider.
Markle, to her credit, has not let her father's actions and insults affect her.
At least not in public.
She has maintained the highest of high roads, just going about her Royal business and embracing her new role in life; awful relatives be damned!
The Duschess has even said she would talk to her dad again, under two specific conditions.
As for Thomas? He's denied accusations that he's basically seeking a payoff to shut up, but he does think Meghan owes him something.
"My daughter said she’d take care of me in my declining years," he said recently. "I’m not talking money, I’m talking about taking care of me. That’s important to me."
You know, it's probably important to Meghan that her dad doesn't act like a self-centered, entitled jackass to the press every hour of every day.
But here you both are.