The Duchess of Sussex felt sorry for her estranged father, wanted him at her wedding, and blamed the media for “spoiling” him, according to a new book.
Eghan felt disappointed when Thomas Markle lied to her by denying that he was helping the paparazzi take pictures of his life in a Mexican resort town for the royal wedding, the book Finding Freedom claims.
But both Meghan and Harry were also angry with the media for sworn off Mr. Markle for several months until he fulfilled their requests.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write that Meghan said, according to an unnamed “confidant” of the Duchess, “My father never looked for this. I really believe he is the victim, and now I feel sad because I believe that he is completely corrupt. “
The book says that after a newspaper revealed the location of his home in November 2017, Mr. Markle rejected constant media requests with a line written for him by royal officials, “I can’t speak out of respect for my family.”
Meghan and Harry told him to do his best to ignore the press, but eventually – with encouragement from Meghan’s older half-sister Samantha – Mr. Markle accepted a proposal from photographer Jeff Rayner, the book said.
Mr. Markle agreed to participate in several set-up photos, including one reading a book about British history in a cafe.
The photos have been published around the world, with Mr. Rayner earning $ 130,000 (£ 101,000), and Mr. Markle and daughter Samantha sharing 30% of the proceeds, according to the book serialized this weekend in The Times and The Sunday Times has been issued.
A week before the May 2018 royal wedding, Kensington Palace officials heard a Sunday tabloid planned to show the photo shoot as staged.
The book says the palace’s communications staff and lawyers moved to discontinue publication, as Meghan called her father.
“Dad, we need to know if this is true or not, because my team is going to try to prevent this story from being shown – if you tell me it’s fake,” she told him.
“If they do, they’ll do their utmost to protect you, Dad.
“You say you’re going to be the victim?”
Mr. Markle had replied “Of course”, not admitting that he had participated in the staging of the photos, which were duly exhibited in the press the following day.
As much as she was hurt and humiliated, she wanted him to be there and willing to move onUnknown friend of the Duchess of Sussex
Despite his deception, Meghan had still wanted her father at her wedding. He eventually failed to come, due in part to a heart attack days before the event, which he blamed for media pressure.
“As much as she was hurt and humiliated, she wanted him to be there and willing to move on,” said an unknown friend of Meghan.
Besides, she was worried about him; she honestly wasn’t sure he was okay. His behavior was bizarre. ‘
The book gives another glimpse of Meghan’s troubled relationship with Mr. Markle, including a series of unreturned phone messages and text messages from the former actress to her father in the days before her wedding.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said the pair did not contribute to Finding Freedom, but he did not deny the contents of any published extracts.
The spokesperson told the PA news agency, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been interviewed and have not contributed to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the Royal Press and their own independent reporting.”