Harry has faced ‘constant scolding’ from royal family over estranged father, text reveals – .

Harry has faced ‘constant scolding’ from royal family over estranged father, text reveals – .

Meghan Markle wrote a five-page letter to her ex-father to “protect” Harry from “constant scolding” from the royal family, she told her assistant in a text message.
In a text to her then communications secretary Jason Knauf, the Duchess of Sussex said her husband spent a week “constantly explaining” the situation with his father to the Prince of Wales while staying with him – but the family “fundamentally does not understand”.

“The catalyst for my action is to see how much pain it causes H,” she wrote. “Even after a week with her dad and explaining the situation over and over again, her family seems to forget the context – and go back to ‘can’t she just go see him and stop this?

“They basically don’t understand, so at least by writing H will be able to tell his family” she wrote him a letter and he still does “.

“By taking this form of action, I am protecting my husband from this constant scolding and, while unlikely, it may give my father a moment to take a break. “

A series of text messages and emails exchanged between Meghan and Mr Knauf were made public following a three-day appeal hearing brought by the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and Online Mail.

Meghan sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over five articles which reproduced parts of a ‘personal and private’ handwritten letter sent to Thomas Markle in August 2018.

In explosive new evidence which arrived on the second day of the appeal, Mr Knauf claimed in a witness statement that the Duchess wrote the letter with the understanding that it could be disclosed.

On the same day, a statement from Meghan contained an apology to the court for not remembering an email exchange in which she had agreed that Mr Knauf could provide information to the perpetrators of Find freedom, a book about the Duke and Duchess.

Snippets of text messages and emails used in court, made public on Friday following media representations, shed some light on how Meghan came to write the five-page letter to her father about her behavior around his wedding.

In a text message exchange between Meghan and Mr Krauf on August 22, 2018, as the Duchess drafted the letter, she suggested that she would call her father ‘Papa’ as it would ‘pull a chord’ in the event of a leak. .

The texts show Meghan was in Toronto at the time while Mr Krauf was in Tonga for recognition ahead of the Sussexes’ royal tour.

They also show that Mr Krauf saved Meghan’s number in his phone under the pseudonym ‘Tilly’, while the Duchess’s electronic signature read: ‘Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any technological incident. I am a Luddite.

“Hi Jason, I hope the recognition goes well,” Meghan wrote. “I’m currently in Toronto and wrote a letter to mail to my dad.

“I share this with you in confidence – the letter itself and its contents. My plan is to write it by hand and fedex to [redacted] who will then mail it to my father.

“My thinking behind all of this is that unlike text or email, it can’t be forwarded or cut and pasted to only share a small portion.

“It doesn’t open the door to a conversation either.

“The catalyst that drove me to do this is to see how much pain it causes in H.”

The Duchess went on to criticize the royal family’s reaction to the current situation with her father.

“My initial point of view is that this is a very good idea,” replied Mr. Krauf. “The draft of the letter is very strong – enough emotion to be genuine, but all in resigned sadness rather than anger.

“Is also fact-driven in a way that doesn’t read like legal deposit – it’s not easy to do. “

He added, “Also, there are some tweaks to the order of events as you defined them that could be a bit stronger – I think it’s a bit worse than you remember. “

Mr Krauf went on to suggest that Meghan should include a reference to her father’s heart attack – her reason for missing her wedding in May 2018.

“The only thing that I think is essential to tackle one way or another is the ‘heart attack’,” he wrote. “It’s his best openness to criticism and sympathy.

“The truth is, you desperately tried to find out about the medical treatment he said he was getting and he stopped communicating with you.

“You begged him to accept help to get him to the hospital, etc.” and instead of talking to you to fix it, he stopped answering his phone and only spoke to TMZ. “

Meghan said she felt “fantastic” after writing a draft of the letter. In a text to Mr Krauf, she said it was “cathartic and real and honest and factual,” adding: “And if he discloses it, then it is on his conscience. [sic] but at least the world will know the truth. Words I could never say publicly.

The messages also include emails between the Duchess, Prince Harry and Mr Knauf discussing a briefing with the authors of Find freedom.

In an email to Meghan in December 2018, Mr Krauf said he spent “almost two hours” with the authors of the unauthorized biography.

“I took them through everything,” he wrote. “They’re going to be timing the book to run until the baby is born and that will be very positive. “

At the Court of Appeals hearing on Thursday, the case’s three lead justices said they would take the time to carefully review their decision before deciding on the LNA’s appeal on a date. later.


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