Meghan Markle’s Dad Defends Publishing Private Letter From The Duchess

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Meghan Markle’s father Thomas has defended his decision to release parts of a private letter sent to him by his daughter.

Thomas claimed he released the letter to “defend” himself after People magazine ran a piece where Meghan’s friends talked about the relationship between the father and daughter, according to a report published Sunday by Daily Mail.

“I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine,” Thomas told the Daily Mail on Sunday. “I have to defend myself. I only released parts of the letter because other parts were so painful. The letter didn’t seem loving to me. I found it hurtful.”

In the People article, Meghan’s friends portrayed the letter as an attempt at “healing the rift.” (RELATED: Prince Harry Sues British Tabloids For Allegedly Hacking His Phone, Stealing Voicemails)

“She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.’ Because every time her team has to come to her and fact-check something [he has said], it’s an arrow to the heart,” the insider said at the time.

Thomas, however, said that portrayal of the letter “vilified” him.

“The letter was presented in a way that vilified me and wasn’t true,” he said. “It was presented as her reaching out and writing a loving letter in the hope of healing the rift, but the letter isn’t like that at all. I have the right to defend myself.”

The defense comes days after both Meghan and Prince Harry filed lawsuits against British tabloids.