Meghan Markle’s father is defending his decision to leak a personal letter she sent him last year, telling the Mail on Sunday that he’d intended to keep its contents private, but had been moved to publish it after he felt he was being besmirched.
The duchess and her husband Prince Harry took legal action against the British publication’s parent company, Associated Newspapers, after Mail on Sunday published excerpts of the aforementioned private letter that she had sent to her father. Now, Thomas Markle is saying he only leaked sections of that letter because he felt he had to.
“I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine,” he told the newspaper. “I have to defend myself. I only released parts of the letter because other parts were so painful. The letter didn’t seem loving to me. I found it hurtful.
“When I opened the letter I was hoping it was the olive branch I’d longed for,” he continued. “I was expecting something that would be a pathway to reconciliation. Instead it was deeply hurtful. I was so devastated I couldn’t show it to anyone — and never would have, had it not been for the People magazine piece which meant I had to release portions to defend myself.”
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The People article he is referring to included anonymous interviews from five of Meghan’s friends, who said numerous things in defense of the duchess and her highly scrutinized life, including how painful it was for her to send a father a long letter expressing her hurt and for him to write back “requesting a photo op.”
In the remarks made this weekend to Mail on Sunday, the elder Markle says his request was misunderstood by his daughter. “I don’t want a picture for any other reason than if we show harmony then the press will back off.”
Prince Harry, for his part, released a scathing statement against the British media earlier this week when announcing the legal action he and his wife were taking, writing, “This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behavior by British tabloid media. The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question.”
While the Markles seem no closer to making amends, it is clear that Thomas Markle is not done making his case. “I don’t recognize the person who wrote the letter but I still love my daughter,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “All it would take is one phone call and most of this craziness would stop.”
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