Meghan Markle asked two senior royals for advice amid family drama

Jennifer Savin
·3-min read
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle's life has been far from ordinary since she got together with her husband, Prince Harry. Although previously known for her work as an actress, joining the royal family catapulted her into new realms of fame – and with that, sadly, sometimes comes a lack of privacy. For Meghan in particular, her increased public persona unfortunately meant that some media outlets became fixated on her friendships and familial relationships, in particular that with her father, Thomas Markle.

When Thomas began speaking to the press about his daughter, it appears Meghan was put in a very difficult situation and like anybody dealing with tough family relationships, she reached out to those around her. New reports, based on documents submitted as part of her ongoing legal battle with the Mail On Sunday newspaper who printed an emotional letter she wrote to her dad, shows Meghan in fact sought counsel from two senior members of the royal family. The two family members have not been named.

Sharing the snippet on Twitter, royal correspondent Lizzie Robinson wrote: "Meghan 'sought advice from two senior members of the Royal Family on how best to address the situation' with her father, new court documents show. This prompted her to write a letter 'in an attempt to get him to stop talking to the press'."

The screenshot Robinson shared explains that following the advice given, Meghan then decided to write the letter which was later made public – something she is now arguing is a violation of her privacy rights. "In accordance with the advice that she had received from the two members of the Royal Family, the Claimant [Meghan] decided (in about the first week of August 2018) to write a private letter to her father in an attempt to get him to stop talking to the press."

Meghan and Harry were expected to return to the UK in early January 2021, in time for The Duchess of Sussex's High Court trial (where she may be required to give evidence) but the trial has now been pushed back nine months, until October 2021.

Robinson also added that "documents also show Meghan allowed an unnamed individual to discuss her letter with authors of the biography Finding Freedom in a bid to 'prevent any further misrepresentation'." It's currently unknown how this additional information will help or hinder her case.

The screenshot shows that documents submitted by the royal say neither Meghan or Harry met with, or spoke to, the authors of Finding Freedom (Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand) in any official capacity.

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