Meghan Markle has reportedly not seen her father in two years and accuses a British newspaper of causing a rift between them.
According to page 6, the Duchess of Sussex Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail, is suing for publishing parts of an emotional handwritten letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018 – just three months after he decided against it leading her down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry.
During a hearing at the London High Court, Meghan's lawyers said she was "deeply shocked and upset" by the newspaper's reporting "which it intended to portray in a false and harmful light." She also accused the publication of "harassing" her father.
Page 6 reports that Meghan and Harry heard the hearing from their new home in Los Angeles. The High Court was also told that Associated Newspapers had an "obvious agenda" for "intrusive or offensive stories" about them.
Also during Friday's hearing, Markle's team of lawyers argued that the email was the main cause of the breakdown in the relationship between Meghan and Thomas. They allege that the publication was responsible for "harassing" and "exposing him to the world as a royal fraud" after reporting that he staged the infamous paparazzi photographs.
The judge said he would make a decision within a week.
Meghan is seeking compensation for abuse of private information, copyright infringement, and breach of the 2018 Data Protection Act. No trial date has yet been set.