And the truth comes out! Meghan Markle apparently wrote a letter to her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018 so that the royal family would get off of Prince Harry's back.
"The catalyst for my doing this [sending the letter] is seeing how much pain this is causing H. Even after a week with his dad and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seem to forget the context — and revert to, 'Can't she just go and see him and make this stop?'" Meghan, 40, said in a text message, which released by communications chief Jason Knauf on Friday, November 12. "They fundamentally don't understand so at least by writing H will be able to say to his family ... 'she wrote him a letter and he's still doing it.'"
"By taking this form of action I protect my husband from this constant berating, and while unlikely perhaps it will give my father a moment to pause," the message continued. "Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability."
In the letter, Meghan asked her father to stop doing interviews, but instead of listening, he leaked the note to The Mail on Sunday.
The newspaper published some excerpts, which led the former actress to sue them for breach of privacy and copyright. "I had privately endured the media onslaught surrounding my father with the support of my husband and [Jason Knauf], in his capacity of our Communications Secretary," she said in a statement. "But it was only when my father began criticizing the royal family (including in a long interview published by [The Mail on Sunday] on 28 July 2018) that senior members of the family and their advisers expressed their concern over the public attacks, and expressed their desire to have them stopped. I was especially sensitive to this as I had very recently married into the family and was eager to please them. It is correct that (as I said in my texts to Mr. Knauf) the situation was putting significant pressure on my husband (both externally and by his family), and I felt strongly that I needed to do something about it."
"I felt that, even if my attempt to stop my father talking to the media failed, at least my husband would be able to say to his family that I had done everything I could to stop it," she continued.
Earlier this week, Knauf claimed that Meghan knew what she was doing when she wrote the letter.
"She asked me to review the text of the letter, saying 'obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability.' On the specific issue of the letter, the Duchess indicated in messages to me that she recognized that it was possible that Mr. Markle would make the letter public. She wanted to write a letter rather than an email or text message — other options she had considered and discussed with senior Royal Household staff — as a letter could not be forwarded or cut and pasted to only share one small portion," he claimed.