Another day, another royal charge.
Meghan Markle said on Thursday that the letter she wrote to her father in 2018, which was subsequently leaked to the British press, was Queen Elizabeth II’s brainchild, Newsweek reports.
Markle, who made the explosive claim in the fifth episode of her Netflix docu-series Harry & Meghan, said she sought advice from the late monarch when her father Thomas began making publicly disparaging remarks about their nuptials.
According to the Duchess of Sussex, it was “very embarrassing for the family” and “an issue that needed solving…they wanted me to stop it.”
“And of course I turned to Her Majesty and said, ‘That’s what’s going on. What should I do? I want… whatever advice you have,” the 41-year-old said. “But ultimately it was proposed by the Queen and Prince of Wales [now King Charles] that I am going to write my father a letter.”
Markle said on the series how she “took great pains to get this letter discreetly to my father.”
In October 2018, Britain’s Mail on Sunday published excerpts from the letter provided to them by Senior Markle, which contained what he called a “dagger in the heart”.
Markle recalls that the reaction to the leak was “terrible.”
Both the Duke and Duchess decided to sue the newspaper for printing the private notice.
“We sat down with the institution’s attorney [monarchy] and senior members of the palace,” Markle recalled. “And at those meetings, I reminded them that I had written this letter under the guidance of senior members of the family.”
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Markle and her husband proceeded with the case alone after claiming the palace was hesitant on time. Markle describes this moment as a “watershed moment” with the British media. “Everything changed after that,” she told Netflix.
The courts ruled in Markle’s favour, saying the former king had “reasonable expectations of privacy in relation to the content of the letter and that that content was personal, private and not of legitimate public interest.”
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