Thomas Markle shares Meghan Markle’s ‘hurtful’ and ‘misinterpreted’ letter

Estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex Thomas Markle revealed to The Mail on Sunday, the truth behind why he publicized portions of a “hurtful” letter that his daughter Meghan Markle sent him last year in August. 

According to Thomas, he felt “forced” address the public after the Duchess’s friends mistook the contents of the letter and put it forth to  People magazine.

Pictured on Meghan's wedding day to Trevor Engelson in Jamaica in 2011. Last night, retired Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle, 75, spoke for the first time since his daughter issued her writ against this newspaper for publishing parts of the letter

The former lighting director had vowed to keep the letter a secret, however, the ‘long-time friend’ made it appear that Meghan’s words indicated an act of conciliation citing that the Duchess wanted to make amends and did not want to be victimised.

“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,” the unnamed friend said.

Thomas Markle is particularly upset Meghan’s friends used the People magazine article to misinterpret something he wrote in his letter of response to his daughter, in which he suggested he and Meghan should pose for a press photo together. Pictured in 2002
Thomas Markle is particularly upset Meghan’s friends used the People magazine article to misinterpret something he wrote in his letter of response to his daughter, in which he suggested he and Meghan should pose for a press photo together. Pictured in 2002

However, the truth was far from what it appeared to be.

Thomas saw the letter as “a final goodbye” with no real hints of a possible patch up and saw that the truth needed to be brought to light in order to dismiss the negative connotation attached to him.

Meghan Markle's (pictured in South Africa on October 2) father, who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, said he was ‘devastated’ when the existence of the letter was made public
eghan Markle’s (pictured in South Africa on October 2) father, who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, said he was ‘devastated’ when the existence of the letter was made public

“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,” revealed Thomas.

He added that the letter as a means of protecting the Duchess’s image and invalidated the true meaning in held.

Duchess of Sussex' friends spoke of her being ‘guided by a deep sense of gratitude and humility’ and being someone who ‘personifies elegance, grace, philanthropy’. Pictured in Johannesburg on October 2
Duchess of Sussex’ friends spoke of her being ‘guided by a deep sense of gratitude and humility’ and being someone who ‘personifies elegance, grace, philanthropy’. Pictured in Johannesburg on October 2

“The letter was presented in a way that vilified me and wasn’t true. It was presented as her reaching out and writing a loving letter in the hope of healing the rift, but the letter isn’t like that at all. I have the right to defend myself.”

In the magazine, the five friends – who are said to ‘form a special sisterhood’ – portray Meghan and Harry as ‘very grounded’ (the couple are pictured on October 2 in Johannesburg)
In the magazine, the five friends – who are said to ‘form a special sisterhood’ – portray Meghan and Harry as ‘very grounded’ (the couple are pictured on October 2 in Johannesburg)

“I don’t recognize the person who wrote the letter but I still love my daughter,” he told The Mail .

“All it would take is one phone call and most of this craziness would stop.”

The estranged father also dismissed claims that he received payments to release the letter. 

Her Los Angeles friend described spending a couple of days with Meghan (pictured in South-Africa). ‘Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle, cookies by the bed, slippers and a robe'
Her Los Angeles friend described spending a couple of days with Meghan (pictured in South-Africa). ‘Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle, cookies by the bed, slippers and a robe’

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