The holidays are coming up and usually that means it’s time for families to come together, which is why Thomas Markle hasn’t given up hope that he and Meghan Markle will patch things up once and for all. Despite the fact that whenever he’s in the press it’s only problematic for Meghan and the rest of the royal family, he’s reportedly “desperate” for his relationship with his daughter to change for the better.

According to a source who spoke to Grazia magazine, Thomas is depending on the Christmas holiday to inspire a reconciliation. “Thomas is praying Meghan will give him one last chance this holiday season. He’s clinging to the fact that Christmas was such a special time for them growing up, and hoping against hope that her heart will soften and she’ll at least pick up the phone and patch things up,” said the insider. “He ‘s growing impatient and there’s talk of more blabbing if he doesn’t get some encouragement very soon. When you see Samantha [Markle] piping up with more ramblings, it’s usually a signal he’s not far behind.”

Thomas and Meghan didn’t always have an estranged relationship. Before she started dating Prince Harry, things seemed to be fine between them. She would even post photos with him, back when she still had an Instagram account. Unfortunately that all went south when Thomas began to go public, stirring the pot, and speaking negatively about Meghan and her new family.

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Despite Thomas’ hope for a change, it seems unlikely. According to Robert Jobson, a royal biographer who spent time with Harry and Megan during their Australian and New Zealand tour last month, Thomas doesn’t stand a chance.

“I don’t think they’ll make any special allowances for Thomas. I can’t see him being involved at all,” he revealed to the outlet. “When the news of the pregnancy broke, I asked Harry and Meghan whether Thomas had been alerted. But they just said, ‘No comment.’ So that’s the way they’re dealing with things and that’s how they will continue. There’s a reason for her rejection, but we don’t know what it is. It seems very complicated; families are difficult. But this one won’t go away.”

Hopefully they can do what works best for them both.