Meghan Markle has not cut estranged father Thomas Markle out of her life, close friends of the Duchess of Sussex recently said.
“He knows how to get in touch with her. Her phone number hasn’t changed,” a pal of Meghan, 37, explained to People. “He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super painful, because Meg was always so dutiful. I think she will always feel genuinely devastated by what he’s done. And at the same time, because she’s a daughter, she has a lot of sympathy for him.”
Thomas, 74, who claimed he had been “frozen out” by the royal family, famously skipped his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry last spring amid fallout over a staged photo scandal. Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, took responsibility for the picture fiasco.
“Meg and Harry were still so focused on getting [Tom] to London. At no point was there talk of ‘Now that we know he lied, he’s in trouble.’ Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls,” the confidant said.
“The next morning when the car got there [to take him to the airport], he wouldn’t get in. [Later] Meg heard he had a heart attack and she’s calling and texting, even up to the night before the wedding. It was like, ‘Please pick up. I love you, and I’m scared.’ It was endless,” the friend continued.
Following the wedding, Meghan penned an emotional letter to her father.
“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 explained.
“He writes her a really long letter in return, and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her. And she feels like, ‘That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?’ It’s almost like they’re ships passing.”
With Meghan and Harry, 34, expecting their first child this spring, Thomas has spoken out about her pregnancy. Most recently, the former Hollywood lighting director addressed his daughter’s alleged feud with sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
“I’m very upset by the criticism Meghan is getting,” he said to the UK’s The Sun. “I don’t think she deserves it.”
Meghan’s friends also voiced concerns about how the additional stress is affecting her.
“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” said a former co-star. “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”
Meghan and Harry are set to move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, located on the grounds of Windsor Castle, ahead of the birth of their first child. The former “Suits” star is expected to give birth in April.
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