Co-written and edited by Etta Ibok
An In-depth Look at How the Markle Clan Abused and Used the Duchess of Sussex for Money
Over several interviews out of which nine were closely reviewed for this article,
- June 18, 2018 – Good Morning Britain,
- July 15, 2018 – The Sun on Sunday,
- July 17,2018 – TMZ,
- July 28, 2018 – Daily Mail On Sunday,
- August 12, 2018 – The Mail On Sunday (Op. Ed.),
- December 8, 2018 – The Mail On Sunday,
- December 17, 2018 – Good Morning Britain,
- January 5, 2019 — The Sun,
- and September 1, 2019 – Daily Mail On Sunday,
Mr. Markle disclosed personal information about his daughter, as well as the substance of private conversations between him, his daughter and/or her husband. Progressively, Mr. Markle launched belligerent attacks at his son-in-law and the royal family, while defiantly declaring his intention not to remain silent, which is exactly what his daughter wants him to do. His greatest hits…
- Mr. Markle told Prince Harry in a phone conversation while he was recuperating in the hospital from a heart procedure: “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead… then you could pretend to be sad.”
- In one interview, Mr. Markle invoked the name of Princess Diana and complained that she would have loathed the way he was being treated by his daughter, with the support of members of the royal family, because “that’s not what Diana stood for”.
- Mr. Markle revealed that, at his daughter’s wedding to her first husband, the couple gave their guests a gift bag of marijuana as party favor.
- On his daughter’s first public appearance following her wedding, Mr. Markle said she looked terrified and was wearing a “painted smile”; complained about the length of her skirt, asking: “Why in 2018 are we dressing like 1930s? Why do they have to cover their knees?”
- In a message to Prince Harry, his son-in-law, Mr. Markle said: “Get over [it], I’m Meghan Markle’s dad, we’re just family now”.
- Speaking to TMZ (Mr. Markle actually had a direct line to a TMZ reporter with whom he spoke several times a day), Mr. Markle declared he was unfazed by news that his daughter and son-in-law were frustrated that he continued to give paid interviews and unloaded on the royal family: “I was silent for a full year and the press beat me up every day saying I was a hermit hiding in Mexico, so I gave my story. Apparently that interview put the royal family in their silence mode… so, I gave another interview to break the silence. All they have to do is speak to me.” Mr. Markle said the silent treatment he was getting from the Palace was “silly wishful thinking on their part that he’ll just go away”. That, he insisted, was not happening, and closed out the tirade with a taunt: “Tomorrow is my birthday, 74 years old, and I’m enjoying the fact that I can make the entire royal family not speak and maybe I can get a laugh out of the Duchess”.
Apparently, to Mr. Markle, the whole fiasco was a joke that his now-pregnant daughter had to endure.
- Interviewing with the Daily Mail, Mr. Markle disclosed that he wrote a two-page letter to Duchess Meghan asking her why she was believing the lies and pointing out that “the royals haven’t always been perfectly behaved.” Taking aim at his son-in-law in the letter, Mr. Markle said: “I wrote that I have never played pool naked, nor have I dressed up as a Nazi”.
- On the subject of a rumored feud between Duchess Meghan and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, Mr. Markle withheld a direct rejection of the specious allegations against his “beloved” daughter and, instead, by speaking of her daughter’s qualities in the past tense, gave a response that assumed their validity: “I don’t recognize this person. The Meghan I know was always sweet, kind, generous. She was always demanding but never rude.” Mr. Markle called his daughter “demanding” before adding belatedly: “I don’t want to say anything to hurt my daughter but I worry she is going to hurt herself”. Thank you, father!
- This, of course, fit right in with the prevailing narrative, based solely on rumors and palace gossip that Duchess Meghan was “difficult” and “demanding” to work with.
- In a zinger of all zingers, Mr. Markle likened the royal family to “Scientologists or the Stepford Family”, adding, “if they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!” Not quite done with his critique and to drive his point home, Mr. Markle added: “They are cult-like – like Scientology – because they are secretive. They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear. Maybe they have a secret handshake too”.
- During a December 2018 interview, Mr. Markle, sounding willfully obtuse, defiantly declared: “Everyone says why don’t I just shut the fuck up? That Meghan can’t speak to me because I’ll give away secrets. But that’s bullshit.” Mr. Markle wallowed in self-pity: “I’ve been accused of every terrible thing you can think of. In one magazine they had an awful story about Prince Charles right beside one about me. But no one is shunning Prince Charles”.
- Then, as he typically did in all previous interviews, Mr. Markle turned the tables on his daughter and her husband by blaming them for the break-down in communication because: “They have done what they once told me not to do – they are believing everything negative that has been written about me. So I am reaching out to them, once again, to try to correct the lies and get the truth out there.”
- Perhaps the ultimate betrayal was when Mr. Markle agreed with Pierce Morgan that his daughter had “ghosted” him.
- By the end of 2018, as it was becoming more and more evident that Duchess Meghan was standing her ground, Mr. Markle started dropping hints of a possible legal action to force grandparent visitation with the child his daughter was expecting in the Spring of 2019.
- In each of his interviews, Mr. Markle claimed he had made many attempts to reach Duchess Meghan and bemoaned the lack of response from the palace. “I have been frozen out and I can’t stay silent”, he moaned in an interview with the Daily Mail in December 2018. “I have made dozens of attempts to reach my daughter via text and letters, but she and Harry have put up a wall of silence.”
But, as it turned out, Mr. Markle had not been frozen out at all. Duchess Meghan had written him a letter. In all of the interviews that he gave, in all of the complaints that he made in those interviews about how his daughter and her new in-laws were ignoring him, in all the insults that he casually hauled at those in-laws whom he had never met, not once did Mr. Markle mention that his daughter had written to him. And, even as he wallowed in self-pity in interview after interview, not once did Mr. Markle mention that his daughter had begged him to stop speaking to the media so that they could repair their relationship in private.
Mr. Markle disclosed Duchess Meghan’s letter to him in a petulant act of defiance in February 2019 after five friends of the Duchess, fed up with the Markles’ misinformation campaign, came together to defend her against the scurrilous attacks to which she was being subjected on a daily basis by the British tabloids. As part of that defense, the friends touched on the seemingly never-ending saga between Duchess Meghan, on one side, and her father and older half-siblings (mostly Grant) on the other. According to these friends:
(a) Duchess Meghan’s half-siblings were never really a part of her life;
(b) contrary to his numerous claims to the media, Mr. Markle knew how to get in touch with his daughter, but had not tried to – not by phone call or text;
(c) at some point before the wedding, Mr. Markle ceased communicating with his daughter and would not take her calls; and
(d) after she wrote him a letter begging him to stop “victimizing” her through the media so they could work on repairing their relationship, Mr. Markle responded, in part, by asking for a media photo op, the very thing she wanted to avoid.
While Mr. Markle was doing the exact opposite of what Duchess Meghan wanted him to do, i.e., running from one media outlet to another, giving paid interviews and projecting the image of a befuddled father, wrongfully abandoned by his heartless, selfish, social-climbing narcissistic daughter to be scavenged by “media vultures” and online trolls, his accomplice daughter in this carefully-orchestrated psychological warfare was busy on social and traditional media connecting the dots, with the scintillating promise of a tell-all book soon to hit the bookstores.