Meghan Markle‘s father has released a statement explaining why he shared a very personal letter. In a statement to the Daily Mail, Thomas Markle explains why he allowed tabloids to publish parts of the handwritten letter.
The letter is at the center of a lawsuit that Harry and Meghan have filed against several publications.
In his statement, Thomas explains he kept the letter to himself for months prior to offering it up. “I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine,” Thomas said. He’s referring to a February People article that made mention of the letter, citing Meghan’s friends as sources.
“I have to defend myself,” Thomas said in his defense.
“The letter didn’t seem loving to me. I found it hurtful. … The letter was presented in a way that vilified me and wasn’t true. It was presented as her reaching out and writing a loving letter in the hope of healing the rift, but the letter isn’t like that at all.”
In the article, Meghan’s friends also said that he responded to the letter by asking for a photo with Harry and Meghan, something Thomas is also looking to clarify. “When Doria was photographed with Meghan and Harry for the first time it showed she was part of the family,” Thomas stated. “I don’t want a picture for any other reason than if we show harmony then the press will back off.”
He went on to talk about what else he thought was lacking from the letter. “There was no loving message in there, nothing asking about my health, nothing from her saying, ‘Let’s get together and heal our differences,'” Thomas claimed. “When I opened the letter I was hoping it was the olive branch I’d longed for. I was expecting something that would be a pathway to reconciliation. Instead it was deeply hurtful.”
Harry announced the lawsuit on his and Meghan’s behalf in a statement slamming the press’s treatment of the Duchess of Sussex.
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