Meghan Markle Says She Gave Her Dad Money for Years
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sacrificed a great deal when she married Prince Harry and became a working member of the British royal family. In addition to giving up her privacy and her career, the duchess’ relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, has completely broken down.
In the past several years, Markle has come forward to give personal information about the duchess and to share his thoughts on Megxit. He also sold a personal letter written to him by Meghan to Mail on Sunday.
Now, Meghan is in the midst of a privacy lawsuit against the publisher and she’s denouncing claims that she never gave her father money or helped him financially.
Meghan Markle and her father no longer speak
The close relationship between Meghan and her father broke down in the weeks leading up to her 2018 wedding. Though she repeatedly asked him not too, Markle and the duchess’ half-siblings continued to talk to the press.
He also bailed on her wedding and staged some paparazzi photos. However, publishing her private letter was the last straw for the duchess. Meghan directly blames the British press for the demise of her relationship.
The documents from her privacy suit read,
[Meghan] had a very close father/daughter relationship throughout her childhood and remained close until he was targeted three years ago by intrusive UK tabloid media.
Meghan Markle’s father has demanded that he’s taken care of
When Markle realized his daughter would no longer engage with him, he began lashing out. The 75-year-old claimed that he provided for Meghan, including paying for her college tuition and she never reciprocated. He also concluded that he be taken care of or else he would continue to speak to the press. In the documentary Thomas Markle: My Story he declared,
I’m going to defend myself. And I’m going to be paid for it. I’m not going to refuse to get paid for it. I’ll do future things and be paid for it, I think. I don’t care. At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me. Meghan owes me. What I have been through, I should be rewarded for. My daughter told me that when I reach my senior years, she would take care of me. I’m in my senior years now. I’m 75 years old, so it’s time to look after Daddy.
Meghan Markle says she began giving her dad money when she started working
In her lawsuit, the duchess states that the idea that she would leave her elderly father fending for himself is untrue. The legal documents claim that Meghan began making “voluntary contributions” to her father when she began working in January 2014. She also asserted that her mother, Doria Ragland, also helped pay for her college fees. Per The Mirror,
In any event, it is admitted and has never been denied that the Claimant’s father supported her throughout her childhood and as a young adult. Mr. Markle did not pay for all of the Claimant’s college tuition. The Claimant’s mother also contributed towards her university costs. In addition, the Claimant received scholarships for academic achievement, which reduced the payable tuition fees.
Sources also say that Markle has been desperately trying to contact Meghan since her move to LA, but his letters have gone unanswered.