Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle Sr., couldn’t be more hopeful for the future. The former lighting director is seemingly convinced that there’s a chance for him and the Duchess of Sussex to patch things up but with one condition.

While speaking with Express, Thomas’ pal said that the 75-year-old read about royal expert Ingrid Seward’s claim suggesting that Princess Diana would’ve been fascinated by the Prince Harry’s father-in-law.

“He leaped on it immediately and said it would be a godsend if Meghan would be willing to at least open some sort of dialogue through a third party. It was something of a Eureka moment for him because he is now convinced a tactful, sympathetic intermediary might be his shot at winning his way back into his daughter’s heart,” Thomas’ friend said.

Markle stopped talking to her dad last year after it was revealed that he posed for a series of fake photographs ahead of his daughter’s royal wedding. But prior to the incident, Thomas had been invited to attend the huge event with the other members of the royal family.

Thomas was also supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but he was unable to make it to her nuptials because he suffered from a heart attack. Days before Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, Thomas underwent surgery in the United States.

Shortly after the wedding, Thomas continued to talk to the media about his daughter. At one point, he criticized the royal family for not doing anything to mend their broken relationship.

Thomas also exposed his daughter’s handwritten letter to him where the “Suits” alum begged her dad to stop believing everything that he reads online and in the papers.

The former lighting director finally stopped talking to the media just weeks before Markle gave birth to her first child, Archie. Royal experts claimed that this was Thomas’ way of trying to get on his daughter’s good side so that he could be introduced to his grandson.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex is pictured visiting the Royal Variety Charity’s on Dec. 18, 2018, in Twickenham, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images