Father vs. daughter? Thomas Markle is set to offer evidence against Duchess Meghan, his daughter, in her legal battle against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, according to reports.
The Duchess of Sussex is taking legal action against Britain’s Mail on Sunday after it published parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle after her 2018 wedding.
Now, the Daily Mail – the publication’s sister paper – reports Mr Markle is willing to give evidence against his daughter and could be called as a key witness for the newspaper’s defence against the royal.
Mr Markle claims he hasn’t seen his daughter since before her wedding almost two years ago.
He has also never met Prince Harry and claims he has only spoken to him when he telephoned and asked for permission to marry his daughter.
He has also yet to meet his grandson Archie, who was born last year.
Meghan and her father famously fell out after Mr Markle gave interviews and staged photographs for the press during the couple’s engagement. He suffered a heart attack shortly before their May nuptials, meaning he could not attend their wedding and the Duchess was given away by her father-in-law Prince Charles instead.
The letter at the centre of the legal case was apparently sent by the Duchess to her dad to express the “pain” she felt over their rift. Mr Markle sent it to the British tabloids.
“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’re causing,” the letter read.
“Your actions have broken my heart into a million piece – not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice not to tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.”