Meghan Markle called Thomas Markle 'daddy' in letter knowing it 'could be leaked'

Meghan Markle's texts to royal aide Jason Knauf show that she used the word 'daddy' to 'pull at heartstrings' if the letter was leaked


                            Meghan Markle called Thomas Markle 'daddy' in letter knowing it 'could be leaked'
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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Meghan Markle chose to call her father Thomas Markle 'daddy' in a letter she wrote him with the 'understanding it could be leaked' so as to 'pull at the heart strings' if it ever became public, according to texts sent by the Duchess to a senior royal aide

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The Court of Appeal heard on Wednesday, November 10, about the Duchess of Sussex's texts and emails with Jason Knauf which raised questions about her 'credibility' to expose her apparent 'hypocrisy.' Meghan's privacy claims include her statement insisting that it was a private note 'for her father's eyes only.' This claim was contradicted by Knauf's statement and a text from her which made it clear that "Everything I have drafted is with the understanding it could be leaked."

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After the completion of the letter, she texted: "Honestly Jason, I feel fantastic, cathartic and real and honest and factual and if he leaks it then that's on his conscience and then at least the world will know the truth. Words I could never voice, publicly." However, Meghan denied thinking that Thomas Markle would leak the document in her written evidence to the Court of Appeal. However, she had said that she had prepared for the possibility when she wrote the letter. She said: "To be clear, I did not want any of it to be published."

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'It would pull at heart strings'

Knauf, who previously worked as Sussexes' former Kensington Palace spokesman and presently works for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a draft of the letter, which was sent to the Kensington palace after she and Prince Harry got married in May 2018. In one text to Mr Knauf in August 2018, Meghan told him: "Everything I have drafted is with the understanding it could be leaked, so I have been meticulous in my word choice. But please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability."

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talks with students during a visit to Tupou College in Tonga on October 26, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day 11 of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

She then told him: "Given I have only ever called him daddy, it may make sense to open as such despite him being less than paternal. And in the unfortunate event it leaked it would pull at the heart strings. The rest is in the spirit of facts rather than seeming orchestrated or litigious. Simply an appeal for peace and a reminder of what's actually happened."

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In a fourth text, she said: "Trust me - toiled over every detail," to which Mr Knauf replied, "Leave nothing to chance, that's the only way through this." Knauf submitted the texts as part of his written evidence, adding, "She asked a specific question regarding addressing Mr Markle as 'daddy' in the letter..." Knauf further said that Meghan had "deliberately ended each page part way through a sentence so that no page could be falsely presented as the end of the letter," on the off-chance that it was leaked. He added, "In the event that it was leaked she wanted the full narrative as set out in the letter to be understood and shared."

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