Meghan’s dad, his fe­male friend – and death threats from vi­o­lent thug

The Mail on Sunday - - Front Page - From Caro­line Graham IN ROSARITO BEACH, MEX­ICO

MEGHAN MARKLE’S fa­ther has re­ceived ‘death threats’ from a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal, The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

Thomas Markle, 74, has been sub­jected to ‘mul­ti­ple threats to his life’ from Jose San­doval, the for­mer boyfriend of one of his clos­est fe­male friends. San­doval has al­legedly con­ducted ‘a cam­paign of ter­ror’ against Lori Davis, 38, and her 11-year-old daugh­ter Jo­ce­lyn, who refers to Mr Markle as ‘Un­cle’.

Last week San­doval – who was jailed for 30 months in the US for il­le­gally en­ter­ing the coun­try be­fore be­ing de­ported in 2000 – al­legedly drove past Mr Markle’s house in Rosarito Beach, Mex­ico, and shouted at the re­tired Emmy-win­ning light­ing di­rec­tor: ‘ I’m go­ing to kill you, you fat f*****.’ San­doval de­nies the claims.

The al­leged in­ci­dent was in­cluded in a damn­ing eight- page po­lice re­port filed by Ms Davis last week in which she ac­cused San­doval of slash­ing Mr Markle’s tyres as part of a ‘de­mented’ se­ries of at­tacks.

In the re­port, Ms Davis also states: ‘He [Jose] grabbed me by the neck while twist­ing it, as if he was chok­ing me and I have pic­tures of these ag­gres­sions…

‘He spat on my face… he goes to my un­cle’s house [re­fer­ring to Tom] and tells him that he is go­ing to kill him be­cause he is con­stantly hid­ing me and threat­ens and in­sults him.’

Ms Davis was in­tro­duced to Mr Markle through a mu­tual friend when they lived in the same gated com­mu­nity. She was wrongly ac­cused of be­ing Mr Markle’s girl­friend af­ter the pair were pho­tographed at an Ital­ian restau­rant.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Mail on Sun­day, a tear­ful Ms Davis said: ‘Tom has been noth­ing but a sup­port­ive friend. He’s been a rock for me and my daugh­ter and I’m sorry he’s been dragged into this vi­o­lent and abu­sive sit­u­a­tion.

‘My daugh­ter calls Tom “Un­cle”. He’s the most gen­uine and kind per­son I know and the most sta­ble male fig­ure my daugh­ter has ever known. My ex-boyfriend is de­mented. He has threat­ened to kill me and my daugh­ter mul­ti­ple times and has made mul­ti­ple threats to Tom’s life.’

Mr Mark le, who has been es­tranged from his daugh­ter since her wed­ding to Prince Harry, re­cently ar­ranged for Ms Davis and Jo­ce­lyn to move to a ‘ safe house’ as the threats es­ca­lated. Ms Davis fi­nally split from San­doval, 49, sev­eral weeks ago fol­low­ing an eight-year on-off re­la­tion­ship.

Ms Davis al­leged that dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship, San­doval poured lighter fuel on her and threat­ened to set her on fire in front of her mother and daugh­ter.

He is also said to have burned and slashed her clothes.

Ms Davis has given po­lice threat­en­ing emails and texts from San­doval and has also shared them with The Mail on Sun­day while waiv­ing her right to anonymity as an al­leged vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. ‘Jose has ter­rorised us,’ she said. ‘Be­cause Tom is my friend he has threat­ened him too.’

In one chill­ing voice­mail heard by the MoS, San­doval says: ‘F*** you and Tom. Tom’s got some­thing com­ing too. Just you wait and see.’

Ms Davis filed for an or­der of pro­tec­tion with po­lice in the Mex­i­can city of Ti­juana on Mon­day. Mr Markle also spent two hours there giv­ing a wit­ness state­ment.

He told The Mail on Sun­day: ‘I’m not wor­ried about my own life but I do care about Lori and Jo­ce­lyn.

‘I swore I would never talk again af­ter my Mail on Sun­day in­ter­view this year – the only rea­son I am do­ing so now is that I’m hop­ing the spot­light on me might help save an abused woman.’

Mr Markle con­firmed he had re­ceived death threats from San­doval both in per­son and via text. He said: ‘The first time he threat­ened me was af­ter I took Lori and Jo­ce­lyn for pizza and we were pho­tographed by the pa­parazzi. He texted me say­ing, “I will kick you a**, you fat f***.”

‘I wrote back say­ing, “You don’t even know me, what’s wrong with you? Why would you feel threat­ened by a 74-year-old man?”

‘He thought some­thing sex­ual was go­ing on be­tween Lori and me but it’s not. Lori isn’t my girl­friend.

‘She hasn’t hus­tled me for money. I’ve helped her fi­nan­cially so that she could get to a safe place to live with her daugh­ter.’

Mr Markle a dded: ‘I’d l i ke to thank the po­lice for fi­nally tak­ing these threats se­ri­ously and for lis­ten­ing and re­spond­ing quickly.’ When ap­proached by The Mail on Sun­day last night, con­struc­tion worker San­doval de­nied mak­ing death threats against Mr Markle, adding: ‘He’s ly­ing.’

But he con­firmed he once gave Lori two black eyes, say­ing: ‘I did hit her. She de­served it.’

San­doval also ad­mit­ted he was de­ported from the US and spent 30 months in jail but said: ‘From the mo­ment I came back to Mex­ico I’ve worked hard.’

‘I don’t care about my life but I care about Lori’

Lori says her clothes were set alight by San­doval ‘OUR ROCK’: Lori Davis and her daugh­ter Jo­ce­lyn with Thomas Markle. Left: Lori’s for­mer part­ner Jose San­doval, who she claims made the threats ABLAZE:

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