• Thomas Markle Sr. had a stroke
  • Duchess Meghan made contact with her father
  • The two have been estranged for years

There was sad news in the Markle family this week. Thomas Markle Sr., the father of Duchess Meghan, suffered a "major" stroke. He is temporarily unable to speak but has been released from hospital.

Mr. Markle and his daughter have been estranged for several years, and it seems Meghan didn't visit during her father's hospital stay. But a new report says the Duchess reached out to her father and hopes to reconnect.

Meghan supporting Thomas Markle after his stroke?

A source has told The Mirror that Meghan was "concerned" after the stroke and reached out to her dad "despite their estrangement." 

Apparently, Duchess Meghan wants to speak privately with her father, but she is determined to avoid her estranged half-siblings, Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr.

Meghan is said to want her siblings kept out of it "because she believes they have their own agendas." Half-sister Samantha, for example, is currently suing Meghan for defamation.

Also interesting:

The report adds that Meghan would only meet her father without the knowledge of media such as Netflix, photographers, and paparazzi.

So, it sounds like Thomas Markle Sr.'s unfortunate health incident could bring father and daughter closer together again. The two haven't been speaking since before Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

Thomas Markle missed his daughter's wedding due to health issues, but had also caused drama in the tabloids ahead of the ceremony. Since the estrangement, Mr. Markle and his other adult children often criticize Meghan in the press.