In her astonishing letter, the Duchess of Sussex accuses her dad Thomas Markle of lying and says he has ‘broken my heart into a million pieces’
Meghan Markle’s astonishing letter to her dad – in which she accuses him of lying about her and Prince Harry – has caused a worldwide storm.
The text, written shortly after her wedding last year, has been published by the Mail on Sunday after it was shown to the newspaper by Thomas Markle.
In it the Duchess tells him he has broken her heart “into a million pieces” and asks him to stop “exploiting” her relationship with Prince Harry.
She claims despite not changing her number, her father has not attempted to call her or message her.
The Duchess also slams Mr Markle for siding with her half-sister Samantha, who has attacked her in the press while she “silently” suffers “at the hand of her vicious lies”.
Last week People magazine revealed the letter’s existence, and anonymous friends of Meghan’s said they were concerned the “emotional trauma” of dealing with her dad could have a negative effect on her baby.
They said she was so upset by her father’s public “attacks” on her and Prince Harry that she wrote the anguished letter begging him to patch up their differences privately.
In retaliation, Mr Markle released his daughter’s letter publicly, calling it “hateful”.
The full list of extracts from Meghan’s five-page letter
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’re causing.
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.
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.
You’ve said I never helped you ﬁnancially and you’ve never asked me for help which is also untrue; you sent me an email last October that said: ‘If I’ve depended too much on you for ﬁnancial help then I’m sorry but please if you could help me more not as a bargaining chip for my loyalty.’
I have only ever loved, protected, and defended you, offering whatever ﬁnancial support I could, worrying about your health… and always asking how I could help. 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.
If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. 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 realise 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.
I pleaded with you to stop reading the tabloids. 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 hand of her vicious lies, I crumbled inside.
We all rallied around to support and protect you from day 1, and this you know. So to hear about the attacks you’ve made at Harry in the press, who was nothing but patient, kind, and understanding with you is perhaps the most painful of all.
For some reason you choose to continue fabricating these stories, manufacturing this ﬁctitious narrative, and entrenching yourself deeper into this web you’ve spun. The only thing that helps me sleep at night is the faith and knowing that a lie can’t live forever.
…I believed you, trusted you, and told you I loved you. The next morning the CCTV footage came out. You haven’t reached out to me since the week of our wedding, and while you claim you have no way of contacting me, my phone number has remained the same. This you know. No texts, no missed calls, no outreach from you — just more global interviews you’re being paid to do to say harmful and hurtful things that are untrue.