'Please stop lying': Heartbreaking letter Meghan Markle wrote to father Thomas leaked

Shortly after her wedding, Meghan Markle wrote her estranged father a heartbreaking letter - and revealing extracts have now been released.

Thomas Markle's strained relationship with his daughter has made headlines for the last year, with the 74-year-old repeatedly giving interviews in which he divulged all sorts of personal family business.

He did not attend her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018, citing health issues that some speculated were excuses not to go to the high-profile event.

Just three months later, Meghan wrote her father a devastating letter that lays bare her heartbreak and sorrow at the state of their relationship.

Extracts from the five-page letter were published today by the Mail on Sunday, which had been given the letter by Mr Markle himself.

In her signature elegant handwriting, the Duchess of Sussex beseeched her father to reconnect with her and stop sharing gossip with the media.

"Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces - not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this - something I will never understand," she wrote.

She chastised him for lying in interviews, such as when he claimed he'd called her to say he was no longer coming to her wedding.

"That didn't happen because you never called," she wrote.

"I have only ever loved, protected, and defended you... so the week of the wedding to hear about you having a heart attack through a tabloid was horrifying."

She said she "begged" him to accept her help and sent someone to his home in Mexico, but instead Mr Markle "stopped answering [his] phone and chose to only speak to tabloids".

Meghan claimed her father was obsessed with media coverage of their family, and called out her half-sister Samantha, another tabloid fixture.

"You fixated and clicked on the lies they were writing about me, especially those manufactured by your other daughter, who I barely know. You watched me silently suffer at the hand of her vicious lies, I crumbled inside."

Meghan also called him out for saying she'd never helped him financially and that he'd never asked for money, citing an email he sent in October 2017 in which he asked for her to "help me more".

"If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop," she pleaded.

"Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband.

"I realise you are so far down this rabbit hole that you feel (or may feel) there's no way out, but if you take a moment to pause I think you'll see that being able to live with a clear conscience is more valuable than any payment in the world."

In his reaction to the letter, which was also provided to the Mail, Mr Markle denied most of his daughter's claims, saying the Duke and Duchess "knew what was going on" when he didn't attend their wedding.

He also claimed Prince Harry had written some of the letter, citing certain English phrases as proof.

"This is pure Harry," he said of the above extract. "Americans don't use the 'rabbit hole' expression."

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