Meghan’s ex-teacher praises her ‘devoted’ dad and has ‘no idea’ why duo fell out
Meghan Markle had a "wonderful relationship" with her father Thomas Markle when she was a teenager, her old drama teacher has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex and her dad have had a strained relationship ever since photos emerged of Thomas in Mexico with a photographer just days before she wed Prince Harry at Windsor Castle.
Thomas and Meghan are understood to have not spoken in more than two years but the downfall of their relationship has played out in the public eye.
It hasn't always been this way, however, and the father and daughter were once very close, 7News reported.
Gigi Perreau, who taught Meghan Markle at Immaculate Heart High School, told The Morning Show Thomas was once a "devoted" dad to Meghan and the pair had a "wonderful relationship".
Ms Perreau said Thomas would be at school "for hours and hours and hours" with Meghan, helping the school with the lighting for their shows.
She claimed he would also "disappear" and come back "with a bunch of food for the cast and crew," and was a dad who would "help Meghan" before they went home together.
The drama teacher said their relationship was wonderful and that Thomas was a devoted dad, adding that she had "no idea" what led to their falling out.
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Ms Perreau told Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies: "Tom volunteered, he was a lighting designer for one of the major TV stations in LA and when we were doing our shows, Tom would do the lighting for us.
"Not only did he do the lighting, but he worked with the students and he taught them and he mentored the students in lighting and sound design.
"Usually when we were there for hours and hours and hours, Tom would disappear and come back with a bunch of food for the cast and crew.
"He was a dad who would come to the set after work and help and Meghan would be assisting him with things and then he would go home together.
"Their relationship was wonderful, he was a very devoted dad."
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Meghan's former teacher also said she isn't "surprised" that the Duchess shot to fame as she was a "stand-out" student at the school.
The teacher said she always had a certain "sparkle" about her and was very "driven" and "wanted to be a star".
Ms Perreau said: "Meghan really did have a special quality, she was very loving, she was very generous with the other actors when she was on stage.
"I always said she had a certain sparkle about her.
"She was very driven, I would say she wanted to be a star, she wanted to be a success."
The Daily Star has approached a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess for comment.
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