Thomas Markle Defends His Decision To Share Meghan Markle’s Letter With the Press

Thomas Markle might not understand how he’s consistently making his relationship with his daughter worse. The 75-year-old made his career in the entertainment industry but as a behind-the-scenes lighting director, rather than a star. It is clear, however, that he is chasing the spotlight now that his daughter, Meghan Markle, is married to Prince Harry. He’s not endearing himself to his daughter in the process, though. The American citizen has come forward to try to explain why he handed over a copy of a personal letter to The Daily Mail. The correspondence is at the center of a lawsuit against the publication.

What did Meghan Markle’s letter to her father say?

It is hard to say when problems between Markle and her father began, but the public became aware of the issues in the lead up to the royal wedding. When the elder Markle refused to attend the couple’s nuptials, tabloids ran wild with the story. Markle then sent a letter to her father in August 2018, about three months after her royal wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images

In the letter, Markle implores her father to stop speaking to the media and to allow her to live her life in peace. She further claims that she has offered him financial help in the past, and even reached out after he reportedly suffered a heart attack shortly before the wedding.  

According to The Daily Mail, the correspondence goes on to call out Samantha Grant, the duchess’ half-sister. Grant took to the media shortly after Markle’s engagement was announced. Grant had nothing nice to say about her much-younger half-sister.

Why did Thomas Markle choose to publicize the letter?

According to Business Insider, Markle is defending his decision to have the letter published. He claims that he only made the decision to give the message to The Daily Mail because he felt an article in People misrepresented the contents of the correspondence. He alleges that the People article characterized the letter as an earnest attempt to bring the rift between the father-daughter duo under control.

Evening Standard headlines with news of Meghan Markle's father not attending the upcoming royal wedding
Newspaper Headline Announcing the rift between Meghan Markle and Thomas Markle | Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images Images

The elder Markle claims that the letter was actually the exact opposite. He alleges he received the correspondence and initially hoped it would be an attempt to bridge the gap. That, he argues, didn’t happen. Instead, Markle claims the letter was “heartbreaking” and “offensive.” The duo had been on the outs after the power couple’s wedding, which the elder Markle refused to attend after controversy.

Markle insists he had no plans on showing anyone the letter until the People article was published. Essentially, he claims he was merely defending himself but was there anything for him really to defend? If the elder Markle’s goal is to fix his relationship with his youngest daughter, speaking about her to the press is unlikely to get that done.

How is the letter at the center of a lawsuit?

Prince Harry and Markle announced that they were suing The Daily Mail last week. The couple alleges that the publication heavily edited a private letter sent from Markle to her father in an attempt to paint the duchess in a negative light. The prince claims that the paper removed entire paragraphs from the message to further feed a negative narrative.

Prince Harry has never been a massive fan of the media. He’s mostly despised them ever since his mother’s 1997 death. He has, however, played along and allowed the press to follow his movements. Now that he is a husband and father he appears to be taking everything more seriously. The prince alleges that his goal with the lawsuit is to prevent further malicious coverage and to quiet the press so he and his wife can live as comfortably as possible while still remaining in the public eye.