Meghan Markle's father has released a five-page personal letter his daughter wrote to him in the wake of her Royal Wedding to Prince Harry last May, confirming the claims her five best friends made last week.
The letter, dated August 2018, was shared with The Mail on Sunday. It begins: “Daddy, 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 are 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."
“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,” Meghan continued. “I realize 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.”
In the leadup to Meghan's May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Thomas Markle Sr. decided not to attend after an arrangement with paparazzi to stage photos ahead of the day was revealed. Since then, Thomas and Meghan’s half-sister Samantha, who claimed responsibility for arranging her father’s paparazzi photos before the wedding, have continued to speak critically of her to the UK tabloids.
In the letter, Meghan claims she never heard from her father, and did not receive messages from him about his heart attack which happened just days before her wedding.
“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,” Meghan wrote. “I have only ever loved, protected, and defended you, offering whatever financial support I could, worrying about your health,” she continued. “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.”
Meghan's letter went on to describe her heartbreak at her father's harsh words against Harry. “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."
Thomas confirmed to The Mail on Sunday that he sent a lengthy response to Meghan, which included a request for a photo op with Meghan and Harry to “show harmony.”
“You can hate me if you want. I can’t force you. I made a big mistake. I’m human and I’m sorry! How much longer must I say it?” he wrote. “I wish we could get together and take a photo for the whole world to see. If you and Harry don’t like it? Fake it for one photo.”
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.