After Prince Harry filed a lawsuit against a British tabloid for publishing excerpts of a private letter from his wife Meghan Markle to her father, Thomas Markle is defending his actions in the press. Turns out, he wanted that letter released.
The elder Markle told the Mail on Sunday—the publication named in the royal couple’s lawsuit—that he never intended to make the letter public. It was only when its contents were “misrepresented” in a magazine story published in February.
“I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine,” he said. “I have to defend myself. I only released parts of the letter because other parts were so painful. The letter didn’t seem loving to me. I found it hurtful.”
In that story, a friend of Meghan was quoted as saying “After the wedding, she wrote him a letter. She’s like, ‘Dad. I’m so heartbroken. I love you, I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”
The elder Markle disagreed strongly with that characterization.
“When I opened the letter I was hoping it was the olive branch I’d longed for. 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.”
Of course, defending yourself is one thing, but defending yourself in the pages of a national magazine is another. If Thomas Markle’s goal was to improve their relationship, betraying his daughter’s trust by publishing and then talking about a private letter doesn’t make any sense, no matter how rowdy the letter actually was. It’s an odd choice at best and downright exploitative at worst.