The newly released text messages were made days before the wedding, when Thomas told the couple he would not be attending.
Even though they’ve split from the monarchy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still fighting an ongoing legal battle pertaining to the British tabloids from their new home in Los Angeles.
In newly released court documents filed in conjunction with Meghan Markle’s ongoing battle with the British press, text messages between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her estranged father, Thomas, have been revealed.
As CNN reports, the text messages leading up to the royal couple’s 2018 wedding have been made public as part of Meghan’s lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday and parent company Associated Newspapers. She is claiming invasion of privacy and copyright infringement after the newspaper published excerpts of a private letter she wrote to her father after the wedding basically telling him that he broke her heart “into a million pieces” by not responding to any of her peace-offering attempts and missing her nuptials.
The newly released text messages, however, were made days before the wedding, when Thomas told the couple he would not be attending. That’s when Harry used Meghan’s phone to send the following text:
Tom, Harry again! Really need to speak to u. U do not need to apologize, we understand the circumstances but “going public” will only make the situation worse. If u love Meg and want to make it right please call me as there are two other options which don’t involve u having to speak to the media, who incidentally created this whole situation. So please call me so I can explain. Meg and I are not angry, we just need to speak to u. Thanks
Prince Harry goes on to text, “Oh any speaking to the press WILL backfire, trust me Tom. Only we can help u, as we have been trying from day 1.”
CNN reports that instead of replying to Prince Harry, Thomas took the sleazy way out by issuing a statement through gossip website TMZ announcing he had gone to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. According to court documents:
“A day later, on May 15, 2018, Meghan texted her father to say: “I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts … Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don’t respond … Do you need help? Can we send the security team down again? I’m very sorry to hear you’re in the hospital but need you to please get in touch with us … What hospital are you at?”
The Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers have stated that they stand by the original story and will not back down from this lawsuit.
A hearing in scheduled to take place on Friday.