Can I be absolutely candid with you? I know absolutely nothing about Thomas Markle, father of the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, other than the fact he is her father. Can I be even more candid with you? I don’t give a toss about him, either. I rather like his daughter, who seems a decent sort and has married my favourite royal, Prince Harry. Father Thomas is in the news again, or more to the point he is causing the news by being in it.

The old boy appeared today on Good Morning Britain and complained that his daughter was “ghosting” him. He texts Meghan every day but hasn’t spoken to her since she married Harry. Has he not tried using the telephone? Much easier to speak in a phone call than via a text.

But then, I discovered that the host of Good Morning Britain was the loathsome Piers Morgan, a man never backward in coming forward if there is dirt to dig.  Thomas presumably didn’t need much encouragement to accuse his daughter as being “very controlling” adding “the unfortunate thing about my daughter and Harry is that they believe everything they read in the papers.” You know, like flogging his story to those very same newspapers. Thanks, Thomas.

He comes across as a wrong’ un to me. I can’t know that because, as I said, I don’t know him at all. It’s just the impression I get that he is an unlovable rogue. Not only that, I really don’t want to hear about this tittle tattle.

It’s not that I want the sanitised version of the royal family. If the truth be known, I could live without any version of it. But given the choice of President Corbyn, President Boris Johnson or President Farage, I’ll take a punt with the royals thank you very much. I am certainly not interested in Thomas’s muck spreading.

Royal or not, Ms Markle should not be having her personal affairs dragged through the gutter media, especially via a populist toe rag like Morgan. Her father would do himself, the general public and most of all his daughter a big favour by shutting his big fat gob. She’s a new royal, she’s just got married and she’s going to drop her first royal sprog next year.  Do your stuff in private, lad, or don’t do it at all.