Markle’s dad gets death threat from vi­o­lent crim

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

MEX­ICO CITY: Meghan Markle’s fa­ther has re­ceived “death threats” from a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal.

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 Em­my­win­ning light­ing di­rec­tor: “I’m go­ing to kill you, you fat f .... ” San­doval de­nies the claims. The alleged in­ci­dent was in­cluded in an 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 se­ries of at­tacks.

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 UK’s 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 Markle, 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 eightyear on-off re­la­tion­ship. Mr Markle said: “I’m not wor­ried about my own life but I do care about Lori and Jo­ce­lyn.” He con­firmed he had re­ceived death threats from San­doval. “‘He thought some­thing sex­ual was go­ing on be­tween Lori and me but it’s not. Lori isn’t my girl­friend.” San­doval de­nied mak­ing death threats against Mr Markle.

Thomas Markle, and (in­set) Prince Harry and Meghan. Pic­ture: Splash News

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