Shortly after Meghan Markle‘s friends addressed an emotional letter sent by the Duchess of Sussex to Thomas Markle following her May nuptials to Prince Harry, the royal’s estranged father revealed the contents of the five-page note to The Mail on Sunday.
“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,” Meghan, 37, wrote in 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,” the note continued.
Members of Meghan’s inner circle told People the mom-to-be penned a note to Thomas, 74, following the fallout over a staged-photo scandal last spring, in which the Duchess’ estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, took responsibility.
“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,” the insider told the outlet.
“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.”
Meghan also noted how the former Hollywood lighting director has not contacted her, amid claims he had been “frozen out” by the royals.
“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,” the letter read.
“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,” she continued.
Meghan begged her father to “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 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,” she shared.