DAD’S BID TO WRITE A WRONG
Duchess letter ‘dagger to heart’
The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex has revealed the full contents of a sensational letter she wrote to him shortly after her wedding.
The letter’s existence emerged last week after five close friends of the Duchess gave anonymous interviews to a US celebrity magazine.
They said she was so upset by her father Thomas Markle’s public attacks on her and Prince Harry that she penned the anguished letter begging him to patch up their differences privately. But last night Mr Markle said the letter is far from conciliatory and has left him feeling “devastated”.
The bombshell five-page letter, sent in August last year, lays bare the true depths of the Duchess’s estrangement from her father.
In elegant script, she accuses him of breaking her heart “into a million pieces” by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and attacking her new husband. The Duchess also admonishes her father for siding with her half-sister Samantha — who has attacked the former actor in the press — while she “silently suffered at the hand of her vicious lies”.
She goes on to complain Mr Markle has made no attempt to contact her, and chastises him for falsely telling journalists he is the one who has been shunned — a criticism he vehemently denies.
She also accuses her father of snubbing her and Prince Harry’s offers to help when he pulled out of attending their wedding following two heart attacks and accuses him of being ungrateful for money she has given him.
Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, said he never intended to make the handwritten missive public “out of respect for Meghan” — but says he has been forced to do so because its contents have been falsely portrayed.
Contrary to claims made by the Duchess’s friends, he said the letter made no attempt to heal their bitter rift. “I thought it would be an olive branch. Instead, it was a dagger to the heart,” Mr Markle, 74, said.
US magazine People claimed to “put the record straight” over the Duchess’s relationship with her father and criticism of her style as a royal. It was based on interviews with five of her friends — at least one of whom is believed to have been one of her costars in legal drama Suits.
Mr Markle said it was unfair for his daughter’s friends to use the media to “spin a line” while he was being criticised for “giving a handful” of interviews to the press.
In the article last Wednesday, the Duchess’s friends said that she was devastated by his response to the letter, in which he suggested father and daughter pose for press pictures.
Mr Markle said he had suggested the photo op as a way of showing the world they could be friends again, describing the Duchess’s reading of it as a “tragic misunderstanding” he wishes he could put straight.
The rift between the Duchess and her father began just days before her wedding in May last year, when it was revealed he had colluded with the paparazzi to stage a series of lucrative photo opportunities.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is due to give birth in April, has been estranged from her father since shortly before her wedding last year.