Thomas Markle just wants "to get the truth out there." That's why, per USA Today, the estranged father of Meghan Markle "isn't through talking about the rift" between himself and his daughter, spilling to the Daily Mail about how he's been "frozen out" by the new duchess and her husband, Prince Harry. The elder Markle, 74, says he's tried to reach out to his 37-year-old daughter via texts and notes to no avail, and he tries to prove to the Mail that much of what's been said about him have been "grievous lies." The publication lays out those alleged fabrications one by one, as well as his rebuttals, including whispers that he faked a heart attack to avoid attending Meghan and Harry's wedding (he shows hospital documents and his list of meds), that he betrayed Meghan by blabbing to the press about her ("I'm not selling stories"), and that the two were never close.
To disprove that last bit, Markle produced for the Mail a trove of handwritten letters, photos, medical papers, and even an old plane ticket he says proves he attended her first wedding to Trevor Engelson (it was rumored he didn't). Markle says his bond with Meghan is "unbreakable," and letters he says are from her show affection. "Daddy ... everything you do for me has turned me into who I am and I am so grateful," one note signed by "Bean," said to have been Meghan's childhood nickname, reads. Markle says he even gave Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, a note to see if she could offer any insight into why their daughter won't speak with him; it was met with silence, he says. "I made mistakes, but my punishment does not fit the crime," he adds. "Even murderers get visits from their daughters in jail." (Meghan's half-sister has also weighed in.)