Thomas Markle said he was admonished by daughter Meghan’s fiance for posing for paparazzi photos at a suit fitting.
The 71-year-old, who pulled out of walking his daughter down the aisle days before her wedding to Prince Harry in May, admitted the criticism was “absolutely right”.
But he told The Mail On Sunday it “hurt” the comments came so soon after he suffered a heart attack.
Prince Harry is said to have told his future father-in-law: “If you had listened to me this would never have happened.”
Mr Markle claims he responded: “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead… then you could pretend to be sad.”
He told the newspaper: “Then I hung up.”
Mr Markle also admitted lying to Prince Harry, insisting the photos were not staged.
He said: “I’m not mad at Harry. I’m not mad at Meghan. I love them. I wish them well. But as for the rest of it, f*** it. I’m done.”
The retired television lighting director also vowed the interview would be his last.