Meghan Markle's Dad Thomas Explains Why He Released Parts of the Duchess' Private Letter

Once again Thomas Markle is shouldering into the limelight, and this time he has released a private letter from his daughter, the Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess of Sussex's strained relationship with her family has been a thorn in her side since before her marriage to Prince Harry.

Now her father, Thomas Markle has become a source of embarrassment once again by releasing a personal letter from his daughter from whom he is estranged to the press.

His ex-wife Doria Raglan is treated as part of the Royal Family and even spent Christmas with the Queen

Meghan Markle on her wedding day/ Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle on her wedding day/ Source: Getty Images

THOMAS MARKLE DECLARES HE RELEASED LETTER IN SELF-DEFENSE

According to Markle he received the missive in question 6 months ago and has only now made it public through the Mail On Sunday because some of the Duchess' friends spoke about it, casting him in a bad light.

The Duchess of Sussex has issued a writ against the Mail On Sunday for publishing part of the letter without her permission, but the damage is done. He said:

"I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine. 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."

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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

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WHAT THE DUCHESS' FRIEND REVEALED

The letter debacle started when an unidentified friend of Duchess Meghan's revealed that the former actress had sent a conciliatory letter to Markle in August 2018. She said:

"After the wedding, she wrote him a letter. She’s like, 'Dad. I’m so heartbroken. I love you, I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship.'"

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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ - it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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THOMAS MARKLE'S REPLY TO DUCHESS MEGHAN'S OLIVE BRANCH

According to the Duchess' anonymous friend, Markle's reply was completely at odds with his daughter's expectation. She revealed:

"He writes her a really long letter in return, and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her. And she feels like, 'That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?' It’s almost like they’re ships passing. He knows how to get in touch with her. Her telephone number hasn’t changed. He’s never called, he’s never texted."

PRINCE HARRY HIRES TOP LAWYER TO QUASH LETTER

The Duke and Duchess have hired as counsel Keith Schilling's firm, known as ‘the silencer’ and often hired by the rich and famous to stop damaging stories from being released by the press.

THOMAS MARKLE HAS YET TO MEET HIS GRANDSON

Markle made a public appeal to the Queen, asking Her Majesty to encourage his daughter to "mend fences" with him. 

His ex-wife Doria Raglan is treated as part of the Royal Family and even spent Christmas with the Queen, Markle has yet to meet his grandson, Archie.

Markle's fallout with Duchess Meghan began during her engagement to Prince Harry, when he revealed private conversations to the press and sold photo ops to the paparazzi.

Thomas Markle did not attend Meghan's wedding, who walked down the aisle on the arm of the Prince of Wales.

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