Just when you thought things couldn’t get more dramatic for the Royal Family, following the bombshell announcement by Meghan and Harry that they’re abdicating Royal service, Meghan’s family is back in the media.
Meghan just can’t win when it comes to family. The in-laws are terrifying, and her immediate family are a group of attention-grabbing bottom feeders.
With the exception, of course, of Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mom. She seems lovely.
Samantha Markle recently gave a couple of interviews in which she declared that #Megxit is just another attention-seeking tactic from the Duchess.
Tom Markle, Meghan’s dad, is also back in the news, because he might be testifying against his daughter in the upcoming court case against Mail Online.
In February last year, the Daily Mail published a handwritten letter from Meghan to her father, dated August 2018.
It was the last straw in a series of Tom Markle scandals and the last straw in Meghan and Harry’s ongoing struggle with the British media’s less than kind representation of the royal couple.
Meghan decided to sue the tabloid, and The Telegraph has confirmed that Tom will most likely be testifying for the defence with some new evidence – a series of text messages between him and his daughter.
If the Duchess’s case against the Mail on Sunday goes to trial, it is likely Mr Markle will testify against his daughter and the Duchess will be forced to give evidence against him. Submitted by the Mail on Sunday’s parent company, Associated Newspapers, the 44-page defence accuses the “self-promoting” Duchess of “knowingly” making public the contents of the letter to paint her in a more flattering light.
The documents, seemingly written with Mr Markle’s co-operation, justify publication of excerpts from the letter and his response to it last February, insisting it was “necessary for the sake of truth, fairness, and Mr Markle’s reputation, and so that the public should not be misled”. It adds: “The Claimant’s privacy rights do not extend to silencing her father.”
Meghan and Harry claim to have had a fair amount of contact with Tom when he was in hospital and before the wedding. The defence is claiming that the text messages prove that this wasn’t the case.
The defence also alleges that Mr Markle has not heard from his daughter since August 2018, when she sent the “immaculately copied out” and “self-congratulatory” letter.
Pointing out that it was written “in her own elaborate handwriting” with “no crossings-out of amendments”, the newspaper group claims “it is to be inferred also from the care the Claimant took over the presentation of the letter that she anticipated it being disclosed to and read by third parties”. It points out that the Duchess “chose to stay silent” on the question of whether she authorised her friends to talk to People.
What a family.
I’m sure Tom is going to milk the attention he’ll be getting from the tabloids for all that it’s worth during the trial, so get ready for a lot of ‘Tom Markle’ headlines.
Meghan will probably be in Canada, where she and Harry plan on living.
Forget The Crown. This is a telenovela of the highest order.
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