Prince Harry was spotted at the rugby today in his first public appearance since the 'devastating' details of Meghan's letter to her father were re
Prince Harry was spotted at the rugby today in his first public appearance since the ‘devastating’ details of Meghan’s letter to her father were revealed, showing how she begged him to stop his ‘painful’ attacks on her ‘kind and patient’ husband.
Harry was seen belting out the National Anthem ahead of England’s Six Nations clash with France. He then warmed his hands in the chilly conditions before sitting down for the action, which ended in the home side beating their French rivals 44 to 8.
A deeply personal letter sent by the duchess to her father was published this weekend, in which she accused him of breaking her heart ‘into a million pieces’ by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and attacking her new husband.
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The Duke of Sussex alongside French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte in the Twickenham stands before England’s Six Nations clash against France today
The royal was stood next to Rugby Football Union president Chris Kelly (left) as he sang the National Anthem with the home crowd
In her letter to her father, the Duchess begged her father to stop attacker ‘patient, kind and understanding’ Prince Harry (pictured on the left at the rugby today) and on the right with Meghan on February 7
She accuses her Thomas Markle) of snubbing her and Prince Harry’s offers to help when he pulled out of attending their wedding. They are seen together in an undated photo
In the letter Meghan admonishes her father, in anguished tones, for siding with her half-sister Samantha – who has attacked her in the press – while she ‘silently suffered at the hand of her vicious lies’.
She goes on to complain that Mr Markle has made no attempt to contact her – and chastises him for falsely telling journalists he is the one who has been shunned – a criticism her father vehemently refutes.
She also accuses her father of snubbing her and Prince Harry’s offers to help when he pulled out of attending their wedding following two heart attacks and accuses him of being ungrateful for money she has given him.
The former award-winning Hollywood lighting director, who now lives in Mexico, said that he never intended to make the handwritten missive public ‘out of respect for Meghan’ – but says he has been forced to do so now because its contents have been falsely portrayed.
Contrary to claims made by the Duchess’s friends, he said the letter made no attempt to heal their bitter rift. ‘I thought it would be an olive branch. Instead, it was a dagger to the heart,’ Mr Markle, 74, said last night.
Harry looked hopeful as England leapt ahead of France in today’s Six Nations match at Twickenham in west London
The Duke of Sussex is pictured for the first time since the contents of his wife Meghan’s letter to her father were published
Come on England! Harry gave the English players a round of applause (left) and look intently at the pitch as they dominated France (right)
Harry gesticulated as he tried to make himself heard over the roaring noise of the stadium as he spoke to Rugby Football Union president Chris Kelly during the match at Twickenham
Harry was dressed in a smart navy blue coat and matching suit as he spoke to RFU president Chris Kelly in the stands
He dismissed suggestions he has made no attempt to patch things up since her wedding. He showed this newspaper texts which he says prove he reached out multiple times to his daughter and the son-in-law he has never met.
The US magazine People claimed to ‘put the record straight’ over the Duchess’s relationship with her father and criticism of her style as a Royal.
It was based on interviews with five friends – at least one of whom is thought to be one of the Duchess’s co-stars in Suits, the legal drama in which she starred for six years.
The Duchess came under fire over her apparent decision to allow her confidantes to defend her in the extraordinary interview, without, it is understood, involving Kensington Palace.
The palace has refused to comment on whether the magazine’s anonymous sources had co-operated at the direct request of the Duchess or with her tacit approval.
Prince Harry arrives at Twickenham today before greeting rugby fans. Before the appearance he met a group of schoolchildren
The royal chats with Rugby Football Union president Chris Kelly (on the left) ahead of kick-off at Twickenham today
The Duke of Sussex was pictured looking reflective as he stood next to Rugby Football Union president Chris Kelly at the game
After the break England were leading France by 40 to 8. Pictured is England’s Jonny May (centre) celebrating his third try of the day
Ben Youngs of England passes the ball during the Six Nations match, which comes after England beat Ireland in the first round
The bombshell five-page letter, sent in August last year, saw Meghan accuse Thomas Markle of breaking her heart ‘into a million pieces’ by giving interviews to the press. Pictured is an extract
Meghan’s sad opening message to ‘Daddy’ as she sits down to pour out her heart to her estranged father over five handwritten pages
Meghan complains Thomas sided with her half-sister Samantha in criticising her, but he insists: ‘I never wanted Meg to suffer.’
The Duchess tells her father that the family had ‘rallied around’ to support him after his heart attack, and criticises him for telling the press he phoned before her wedding
Mr Markle comments: ‘I have no idea what this means. This is pure Harry. Americans don’t use the “rabbit hole” expression’
Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who worked for both Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, feared the decision would only exacerbate issues.
He said: ‘Assuming – and as these sources are anonymous we don’t know for sure – that this was done with her agreement, it has opened a Pandora’s box. The issue with her father is an open wound and I’m not entirely sure it is the best idea to aggravate that.’
Last night, Mr Markle said it was unfair for his daughter’s friends to use the media to ‘spin a line’ while he was being criticised for ‘giving a handful’ of interviews to the press. In the article last Wednesday, the Duchess’s friends said that she was devastated by his response to the letter, in which he suggested father and daughter pose for press pictures.
One friend said: ‘She feels like “that’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you that I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to… Did you hear anything I said?” ’
Mr Markle said he had suggested the photo op as a way of showing the world they could be friends again, describing the Duchess’s reading of it as ‘tragic misunderstanding’ he wishes he could put straight. The rift between the Duchess and her father began after The Mail on Sunday revealed, just days before her wedding in May last year, that he had colluded with the paparazzi to stage a series of lucrative photo opportunities.
Such was his humiliation that he offered to pull out of attending the Royal Wedding and was later prevented from going after suffering two heart attacks.
Since then, he has given a series of damaging interviews in which he has spoken of his dismay at being cast adrift by his daughter and the Royal Family.
Five nameless friends of the duchess spoke to People in an effort to counter the ‘global bullying’ directed at her.
Mr Markle, who allegedly staged paparazzi photos of himself days before his daughter was due to marry the Duke of Cambridge, has previously claimed his relationship with his daughter has broken down.
He has made public appeals, including during an interview on Good Morning Britain, for his daughter to get in touch with him.
Meghan, who is currently pregnant, revealed in mid January her baby is due around the end of April or the beginning of May.
Two handwriting experts give their views on Meghan’s letter
Her emotional barometer (seen in the handwriting slant) is set to the right, which means that emotional responsiveness is high – Meghan wants to be friendly and cooperative, she wants to communicate and express herself.
Also, the spacing of the words is tellingly quite wide and irregular, which also tells us that she gave great thought and consideration to the content of what she’s saying, to the extent that it was naturally causing her to feel quite a bit of anxiety.
This matter is clearly affecting Meghan deeply.
She has strong left tendencies (where her endstrokes sweep up and backwards), which reveal how much she reflects about things that have happened to her in the past, and how it’s impossible for her to forget people who have meant so much to her in her life.
And the elaborate strokes or embellishments that sweep across the tops of words (which incidentally are added as a superfluous addition afterwards) look like little protective umbrellas, giving further credence to her deep feelings on the matter.
They also reveal her vulnerability – the chink in her armour. Surely this is enough proof how much Meghan cares? It must be exhausting for her!
Meghan shows a highly stylised and slow handwriting. She is ultra cautious, is well aware that the world has their eyes on her and that is just how she likes it. This is not a spontaneous or intellectually creative woman but a consummate performer and strategist.
There is a strong right slant and her letters have often been retraced. There is enormous emotion as well as energy but she is both self aware and self orientated. However she suffers from anxiety and in this instance her usual regularity and over control of pen strokes does show some wavering and a slight uneven baseline – she is showing some wavering of self control. But not much!
The pressure of the pen is strong – she is physically and sensually as well as materially motivated.
The somewhat incongruous and visually dominating leftward upper zone flourishes appear to be tacked on – this is the 21st Century female equivalent of the Dandy, the fop or indeed the showman – and yes the narcissist.
There are circles within circles in the smaller letters which show her secrecy and unwillingness to reveal her true inner thoughts. She is stubborn and unlikely to waiver in her thoughts but she is ambitious, very hard working and driven.
Thomas’s Anguished Reply
Mr Markle replied by insisting he never attacked Harry, but feels he should have met him before the wedding
Mr Markle says he never heard from his ex-wife after his plea to help him heal the rift