The difficult relationship between Meghan Markle and her father, Thomas Markle, who did not attend her wedding to Prince Harry or feature on baby Archie's birth announcement, has long been reported by the press. However, things went a step further when the Mail On Sunday newspaper published a personal letter that the Duchess had written to him.
In the five-page letter, Meghan allegedly says she is left heartbroken by the deterioration of their relationship.
Back in February 2019, it was reported that Meghan had threatened the newspaper with legal action and now, the case is due to appear in court – with evidence from Thomas Markle being used against his daughter. No date has been given for the trial as yet.
The BBC reports that 'documents submitted to the High Court by the paper [Mail on Sunday], laying out its defence show much of the evidence it looks like it will rely upon comes from Mr Markle' – including text messages exchanged in the run up to the wedding.
The newspaper have also defended their decision to publish the letter on the grounds that it is of great public interest, saying, "[Royals] rely on publicity about themselves and their lives in order to maintain the privileged positions they hold and promote themselves. [The Duchess] did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so."
But does this mean that Thomas Markle is co-operating with the Mail on Sunday? And will he need to appear in court? The same report suggests that sadly, yes he might. "The fact that so much of the evidence appears to come directly from him, and that he appears to be co-operating with the paper, presents at least the possibility of him being called to testify in court against his own daughter," BBC reporter Jon Donnison argues.
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