The words of a ‘heartbroken’ Meghan Markle have been shared around the world after her dad published extracts of an emotional letter she wrote to him shortly after her Royal Wedding .
In the five-page handwritten note Meghan begged her father to stopped speaking to the media and pleaded with him to allow her to live her own life.
Prior to publishing extracts of the letter, Thomas Markle Snr has given numerous interviews claiming the Duchess has completely cut him off and wasn’t responding to his messages.
However he has now explained why he didn’t tell anyone about the letter, claiming it was because it was "just too painful" for him to share it. He also says it was "out of respect" for his daughter.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday , he explained that when he received the letter he hoped it would be an "olive branch".
But he claims he quickly discovered it was "deeply hurtful".
He said: "I was so devastated I couldn’t show it to anyone and never would have had it not been for the events of last week."
However he has decided to publish bits of the story after a group of Meghan’s friends gave a gushing interview about her with People to defend her against negative comments.
In it, they claimed Thomas’s claims about Meghan not contacting him were a lie.
He said: "The letter was presented in a way that vilified me and wasn’t true.
"Meghan can’t have it both ways. She can’t use the press to get her message across but hang me out to dry. I have the right to defend myself."
Meghan’s friends’ decided to come forward to "stand up against the global bullying " and "speak the truth about their friend".
Earlier this month it was revealed that Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge’s staff are spending hours each week dealing with vile messages sent by trolls on social media, including "violent threats" and sexist and racist comments .
In a series of interviews with People , they have revealed what Meghan is really like and shared details about how she’s coping with royal life.
One, described simply as a costar, said: "Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths. We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby.
"It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant."
The friends claim they’ve all been to Meghan and Harry ‘s cottage, describing it as "small" and saying she’s "made it cozy".
They say she cooks for her and Harry every night and stress that she still loves feeding people.
The group, who say they still speak to her daily, say she hasn’t changed describing her as "selfless" and the "best listener".
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