The five-page letter where Meghan explained her feelings toward her father’s behaviour since she married into the Royal Family was shared by Thomas Markle Snr with a newspaper this weekend. Mr Markle has since threatened to release more of the letter which has been published across the world. Palace aides are currently taking legal advice before the Duchess of Sussex decided whether she wants to take formal action, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jr has admitted the relationship between the father and daughter is now “broken beyond repair”.
The Duchess owns copyright of the handwritten letter under UK law which was brought to light after five of her friends spoke about it for the first time in an interview with US magazine People.
The friends revealed that the Duchess wrote: “Dad, I’m so heartbroken, I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”
However, another friend disclosed that Thomas wrote back asking her for a photo opportunity which the Duchess felt was the opposite of what she set out in her letter.
The 74-year-old showed the letter to the Mail on Sunday after he was left feeling “vilified” from the interview in People magazine.
Kensington Palace have yet to confirm whether the interview was conducted with Meghan’s blessing or knowledge of the Duke and Duchess’s staff.
Legal action has been taken before by the Royal houses in recent history which have resulted in injunctions to prevent publications of personal details and suing for breach of copyright.
The Prince of Wales won a privacy case in 2006 against the Mail on Sunday for infringing his copyright and confidentiality when it published extract from his 1997 Hong Kong diaries.
The Sun also made a donation to charity and a public apology after publishing a letter from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh about Prince Edward’s leaving the Royal Marines in the 1980s.
Fans of the Duchess have taken to social media to express concern for the expecting mother and slammed the palace for “failing to protect” her.
But this isn’t the first time people have expressed concern for Meghan’s safety.
Prince Harry issued a statement complaining about the press attention on her life shortly after their relationship became public.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan have also suffered extreme abuse on social media recently as it is reported that Palace staff spend hours deleting hurtful comments from their Instagram page.
US correspondent, Omid Scobie has controversially hit back at Meghan for writing the letter.
He said on the television show Good Morning America: “While the purpose of Meghan’s letter was very much to repair the relationship with her father, she knew in her heart of hearts that this was going to be released to the papers.
“Thomas has a record of this and this is exactly the man that she knows.
“So, many of the things in that letter were written with the public in mind. She very much wanted to set the record straight.”