Meghan Markle’s father has released the heartbreaking letter the former “Suits” star wrote to him in the wake of her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry.
UK’s Daily Mail confirmed Sunday the account Markle’s close friends have shared with People magazine concerning the rift between Thomas Markle and his famous daughter, who officially became the Duchess of Sussex in May 2018.
Thomas told The Mail he originally planned to keep the letter “totally private out of respect for her” until her friends “launched their attack” on him last week.
“Daddy, it is with a heavy heart that I write this, not understanding why you have chosen to take this path, turning a blind eye to the pain you are causing,” the 37-year-old wrote in a handwritten letter that’s over five pages for the 74-year-old dated August 2018.
“Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces — not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.”
“If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop,” wrote Markle. “Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband. I realize you are so far down this rabbit hole that you feel (or may not feel) there’s no way out, but if you take a moment to pause I think you’ll see that being able to live with a clear conscience is more valuable than any payment in the world.”
In the emotional letter, Markle insisted she never heard from the former Hollywood lighting director, who famously didn’t attend the televised royal wedding. Markle also claimed she never received messages from Thomas from his reported heart attack, which he said occurred just before her nuptials.
“You’ve told the press that you called me to say you weren’t coming to the wedding — that didn’t happen because you never called,” wrote Markle. “I have only ever loved, protected, and defended you, offering whatever financial support I could, worrying about your health. So the week of the wedding to hear about you having a heart attack through a tabloid was horrifying. I called and texted… I begged you to accept help — we sent someone to your home… and instead of speaking to me to accept this or any help, you stopped answering your phone and chose to only speak to tabloids.”
In the letter, Markle also addressed Thomas’ relationship with her half-sister Samantha Markle.
“I pleaded with you to stop reading the tabloids,” wrote Markle. “On a daily basis, you fixated and clicked on the lies they were writing about me, especially those manufactured by your other daughter, who I barely know. You watched me silently suffer at the hands of your vicious lies, I crumbled inside.”
TMZ reported Friday a close friend of Thomas told the celebrity gossip site that all claims made by Markle’s friends to People magazine about his strained relationship with the American actress are “bulls---.”
According to the pal, Thomas texted Markle “a loving message on her wedding day,” and they spoke over the phone the day before the royal wedding. In that alleged phone call, Markle expressed concern over her father’s health issues and Harry, 34, wished him well.
However, after the couple tied the knot, they stopped communicating. Thomas has tried reaching out to Markle multiple times by text, the friend said, but hasn’t heard from her in months.
People magazine previously reported that after maintaining their silence for nearly two years, five women who are part of Markle’s inner circle chose to come forward and “stand up against the global bullying we are seeking and speak the truth about a friend.”
The women have requested anonymity to protect their identities and private relationships with Markle, who married Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018.
One of the misconceptions the friends wanted to address was Markle’s relationship with her father, as well as her half-siblings Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr.
“They have been made to appear as siblings who had this falling out, and that’s not the truth at all,” said a longtime friend about the siblings. She shared they were in their mid-to-late teens when Markle was born. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Thomas split when she was 2 years old.
“They were not a part of her life,” they stressed.
One friend claimed that despite the patriarch’s pleads for Markle to reach out to him, he has allegedly not made an attempt to contact his daughter.
“He knows how to get in touch with her,” claimed the confidante. “Her telephone number hasn’t changed. He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super painful because Meg was always so dutiful. I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he’s done. And at the same time, because she’s a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him.”
In various interviews, Thomas claimed he has no way to reach his famous daughter.
In the week before Markle’s wedding to Harry, Thomas decided not to attend the wedding after an arrangement he made with paparazzi to stage several photo shoots ahead of the big day.
According to a friend, Markle and Harry were still determined to have Thomas be a part of their special day even after the photos emerged.
“Meg and Harry were still so focused on getting [Tom] to London,” said the friend. “At no point was there was talk of ‘Now that we know he lied, he’s in trouble.’ Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls.”
“The next morning when the car got there [to take him to the airport], he wouldn’t get in,” claimed the friend. “[Later] Meg heard he had a heart attack and she’s calling and texting, even up to the night before the wedding. It was like, ‘Please pick up. I love you and I’m scared.’ It was endless.”
“After the wedding, she wrote him a letter,” continued the pal. “She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.’ Because every time her team has to come to her and fact-check something [he has said], it’s an arrow to the heart. 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.”
Markle is due to give birth to her first child with Harry sometime in the spring of this year.