MEGHAN Markle has sensationally claimed she felt “unprotected” by the “institution” of the Royal Family, in bombshell court papers.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is suing Associated Newspapers Limited, who own The Daily Mail, said she was unable to defend herself, leaving pals “rightly concerned for her welfare when pregnant”.
The 38-year-old claims she felt “tremendous emotional distress” by media coverage – while her pals felt “silenced” by Kensington Palace and unable to defend her.
It emerged in the latest part of her High Court battle over the handwritten note she sent to her dad Thomas in August 2018.
The explosive court papers also reveal:
- Meghan claims her 2018 Royal Wedding at Windsor brought in £1bn tourism cash
- Wrote an infamous letter to her dad Thomas to stop him being ‘manipulated’ – instead of to reconcile
- Asked why she couldn’t take paid work when Princess Beatrice and Eugenie do
- Meghan spent her own money on flights for her father to and from to London and his hotel for her wedding
Today, the new legal documents show Meghan denies saying in the personal letter that she felt ‘victimised’ by her dad.
In the documents, Meghan also said that she felt “unprotected” by the “institution” of the Royal Family and was unable to defend herself against false claims that where made about her.
The 38-year-old said that some of those claims included the royal rift with William and Kate before she and Harry stepped down as senior royals in March – known widely as ‘Megxit’.
Meghan is suing ANL for publishing the personal letter to her dad – although the media group claims Mr Markle made it public after five of her pals gave an interview about it to People magazine.
The Duchess today named the pals – although they are only referred to as A, B, C, D and E in the papers – and they could now be called to testify at a trial.
People magazine previously described them as “Meghan’s inner circle – a longtime friend, a former co-star, a friend from LA, a one-time colleague and a close confidante'”.
Meghan has denied authorising her friends to speak out to defend her in the magazine article.
She said she learned an article about her was due to appear shortly before it was published, but did not know it would be in People magazine or its contents.
The possible trial would focus on whether Meghan had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter to her dad.
Meghan claims she wrote the letter to stop her dad being ‘manipulated’
Meghan also denied saying she had “only one father” in the letter. But she said she raised concern Mr Markle had “consistently allowed himself to be manipulated by the tabloid media despite her trying to persuade him not to speak to them for his own good”.
How the Sussex’s wedding brought in £1bn for the country
In the documents, Meghan claims her Royal Wedding made Britain £1billion in tourism cash.
She believes the money raised from the wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 “far outweighed” the contribution stumped up by the taxpayer towards security.
Meghan’s legal team have also said the royal wedding was “not, in fact, publicly funded, but rather personally financed by HRH The Prince of Wales”.
In a submission made by her team, it added: “Any public costs incurred for the wedding were solely for security and crowd control to protect members of the public, as deemed necessary by Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police.”
The revelations were revealed in legal papers filed in the ongoing case between Meghan Markle and Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over an article in The Mail On Sunday which reproduced parts of a handwritten note she had sent to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
Meghan argued that she should be able to do paid work like Princess Eugenie and Beatrice
The Duchess also lashed out at the Royal Family claiming she should have been allowed to do paid work as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie can earn a private income.
Meghan quit frontline royal duties along with Prince Harry earlier this year to move to Canada and later Los Angeles.
At the time, the couple said they wanted to become ‘financially independent’.
She claims that she was unable to carry out paid work, unlike Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Princesses – the children of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – are not ‘working royals’ and are under no obligation to attend royal events.
Beatrice works in finance and consulting and Eugenie is a director at a London art gallery.