Most read story: Meghan Markle's father to fly to UK to make peace with her

This story was first published on Monday July 16.

Meghan Markle smiling.
Meghan Markle smiling. Source: Associated Press

The Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas Markle is convinced she's unhappy in her new role in the royal family and is planning to jet across to the UK in a few weeks' time to meet her after she allegedly "froze him out."

The retired lighting director was unable to walk the 36-year-old former actress down the aisle when she married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, two months ago because he had to undergo emergency surgery on his heart.

Although there seemed to be no hard feelings at the time, Thomas feels like he's been "frozen out" out of the family as he hasn't been able to contact his daughter since May and is planning to jet across to the UK from his home in Mexico in a few weeks' time to see her.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: "If I chose in a month, or couple of months, to go to En­g­land -- I want to see my daughter. I'm thinking about it. I don't care whether she is p***** off at me or not. I'm not going to wave flags and make a fool of my­self. I'd find a hotel room and try to reach them."

Thomas came under fire just a few weeks before the royal wedding after he staged paparazzi photos that saw him getting measured for a suit for the big day - and he is convinced his mistake has now cost him his relationship with his daughter.

He said: "It's sad that it's got to this point. I'm sorry it's come to this. Yes, some of it is my fault. But I've already made it clear that I'm paying for this for the rest of my life."

His decision to make contact with Meghan comes just hours after he lashed out at the royal family for putting "too much pressure" on the former 'Suits' star and claimed that she was "terrified" of the responsibilities that come with her new role.

He explained: "My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. I've seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don't like the one I'm seeing now.

"This one isn't even a stage smile - this is a pained smile. That might be just having a couple of bad days. I don't know. It really worries me. I think she's under too much pressure."


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Lava bomb smashes through roof of Hawaiian volcano tour boat, breaking a woman's leg

An explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring at least 13 people overnight, officials said.

A 20-year-old woman suffered major leg trauma, and other passengers had burns and scrapes, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a volcano that has been erupting for two months. Several companies operate such tours.

Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.

The US Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows from the ocean off the Big Island. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 300 metres from ocean-entry points.

The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 150 metres from where lava sizzles into the sea.

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes.

But until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

Officials were interviewing injured passengers at a hospital.

A hole in the roof of a lava tour boat in Hawaii after a ball of lava crashed through it.
A hole in the roof of a lava tour boat in Hawaii after a ball of lava crashed through it. Source: Hawaii DLnR

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Royal family release delightful new christening photo of Kate cradling smiling Prince Louis

Kensington Palace has released family photos of Prince Louis in the arms of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark the baby boy's christening.

The four official photos were taken at Clarence House in London after Louis was baptised in the chapel at St. James's Palace on July 9.

An additional fifth official photo was released yesterday of the Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince Louis with a wide smile on his face.

This extra photo is attributed to photographer Matt Porteous on the Kensington Palace Twitter page.

The other original four images images, taken by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak, show Prince William and Kate posing with their three children — Louis, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince George, 4 — as well as with their wider family.

One shows Kate in a garden cuddling and gazing down at Louis, dressed in a frilly cream lace royal christening gown — a replica of the intricate robe made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.

Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis.
Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis. Source: Matt Holyoak

Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis.
Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis. Source: Matt Holyoak

Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis.
Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis. Source: Matt Holyoak

Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis.
Official images from the Christening of Prince Louis. Source: Matt Holyoak

Louis was born April 23.

In this Monday, July 9, 2018 photo made available by Kensington Palace, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge poses for a photo with Prince Louis in the garden of Clarence House, following Prince Louis's baptism at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, in London. (Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via AP)
In this Monday, July 9, 2018 photo made available by Kensington Palace, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge poses for a photo with Prince Louis in the garden of Clarence House, following Prince Louis's baptism at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, in London. (Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via AP) Source: Associated Press