Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Adding Extra Fuel to the Bonfire of the Markles' Vanities

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Adding Extra Fuel to the Bonfire of the Markles' Vanities

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FOR six months, it had been a ticking time bomb. A profoundly emotional handwritten letter penned by Meghan Markle, that ever since its delivery to her father was being held hostage.

Now, after it appears the Duchess of Sussex went rogue and granted permission to five of her friends to speak out anonymously in her defence, the move has badly blown up in her face.

Meghan's American pals spoke out, they said, to counter the "global bullying" directed at her, but in doing so they went further in launching a personal attack on her father.

For two years, the Duchess has barely spoken to Thomas Markle.

Their relationship, once so very close, was left hanging by a thread after he was found to have cashed in by faking pictures with a paparazzi after he felt snubbed by his daughter since she met Harry.

The expose led to him suffering a heart attack which then prevented him from travelling from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, to walk her down the aisle at her wedding last May.

Ever since Mr Markle, 74, has given numerous interviews while Kensington Palace has failed to tame his outbursts.

But last week the relationship plummeted to new depths after Meghan's friends spoke out. They appear to have decided the best form of defence is attack, heavily criticising her father.

"He knows how to get in touch with her. Her telephone number hasn't changed," said one longtime friend.

"He's never called; he's never texted. It's super painful, because Meg was always so dutiful. I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he's done. And at the same time, because she's a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him."

One friend, described as a former co-star, said: "Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths," before adding "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. …

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