Meghan Markle‘s family troubles over the past two years are about to boil over in an upcoming court appointment regarding a letter she wrote.
Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, have been thrust into the spotlight with British tabloids over a private letter she penned to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
Last week, the legal team for Prince Harry announced their lawsuit against the Daily Mail and their parent company, Associated Newspapers. The suit contends the tabloids unlawfully published excerpts of Meghan’s letter to her father; they distorted her statements and are in violation of the Data Protection Act, in publishing the letter without Meghan’s permission.
The recent incident has also resulted in the couple issuing a public statement during their tour of South Africa last week. They voiced their disdain for the tabloids’ disrespect toward Meghan over the years.
Markle’s father has defended his decision to share parts of the letter, and expressed his willingness to fly to England to face his daughter in court, if subpoenaed.
This setback is another to add in Meghan’s unending feud with her father. Their tension existed before her marriage to Prince Harry. Thomas didn’t attend Meghan’s wedding last May, hasn’t seen her in the past four years, or met his new grandson, Archie.
Thomas denies receiving any payment for leaking parts of the letter and said he decided to share parts of it after People published an article suggesting he dismissed Meghan’s efforts to reconcile with her father. Thomas argued that his daughter’s letter was more of “a final farewell,” and wanted to clarify that he hadn’t rebuffed her. “When I opened the letter… I was expecting something that would be a pathway to reconciliation. Instead it was deeply hurtful. I was so devastated I couldn’t show it to anyone—and never would have, had it not been for the People magazine piece – which meant I had to release portions to defend myself.”