Thomas Markle is pleading for a “final chance” to make peace with his daughter Meghan and Prince Harry.
He has told a friend: “I want to hold her in my arms one more time and tell her I’ll always love her.”
According to the confidante, Mr Markle, 74, hopes to pour his heart out to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a US west coast visit that is rumoured to be imminent.
“First, he intends to apologise to them both, face to face, for some of the ill-considered things he has said and done,” the friend and adviser revealed.
“Then, more than anything, he wants to hug his daughter and tell her how very proud he is of her and how much he loves her.
“He wanted so much to walk her down the aisle and give her away on her magical big day and he’s always going to be bitterly upset and frustrated that instead he had to stay in bed following heart surgery.”
The friend added: “He hates that the world perceives him and some of Meghan’s other relatives as ‘trailer trash’ folk trying to cash in on her happiness.
But all he really cares about is letting her know how much he loves her and reopening the door that has slammed shut between them.”
Mr Markle claimed he now has no way of even leaving a message for Meghan, with two private numbers he was given by Kensington Palace staff no longer in service.
His confidante revealed: “He’s praying either Meghan or Harry or a member of their staff reach out to him to arrange a private meeting when they come to America.
“He sees this as his last real chance of making amends and re-establishing contact with his daughter before that door closes forever.
He’s 74 and desperate for his final years to be happy and peaceful.”
The royal couple are thought to be most likely to fly to her homeland following their first official overseas tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October.
Reports are already circulating in America that, as well as attending a charity polo event in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, they will also privately meet friends who attended their wedding in May.
These include media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who owns a £70million mansion in Montecito, California, and tennis ace Serena Williams, who owns a home in the trendy desert resort city of Palm Springs.
One US magazine even claimed chat show host James Corden and his wife Julia are sprucing up their LA property in readiness for a possible dinner date.
What seems certain, for obvious security reasons, is that the Duke and Duchess will not travel to her father’s hilltop retirement home in the ramshackle beach resort town of San Antonio Del Mar.
This is less than 14 miles from the drug-ravaged border city of Tijuana, where more than 1,700 murders were recorded last year alone.
The US State Department warns would-be tourists: “Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, is widespread.”
Mr Markle’s friend helped him rent a modest flat in San Diego, California’s southernmost city, to recuperate after his heart surgery and believes that could be a possible venue for a reunion with Meghan and a place to meet his new son-in-law.
Prince Harry is no stranger to the area. In 2011 he was based at the US Naval Air Facility in El Centro, where he learned to fly Apache helicopters.
During their trip, Harry, who turns 34 next month, and former TV actress Meghan, who celebrated her 37th birthday earlier this month, are also expected to spend time with her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, who divorced Mr Markle in 1987.
As we exclusively revealed last month, she is preparing to move to England and is planning to either sell or rent out her LA home.
The friend added: “Thomas is glad Doria was able to attend the wedding and delighted she has what seems to be a very strong relationship with Meghan and the Royal Family.
“He doesn’t envy any of that for a second but he longs to establish some sort of rapport with his daughter again before it’s too late.”