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.