Harry and Meghan warned Thomas Markle speaking to press would ‘backfire’ | ITV News

Text messages sent between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and her father Thomas Markle in the months leading up to their wedding show the pair tried to warn him that contacting the press would “backfire”.

The messages were referred to in court documents issued ahead of the first hearing, due to take place on Friday, in Meghan’s privacy claim against Associated Newspapers, publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, over publication of a letter she sent to her father.

In texts sent on May 14, 2018 after calls to Mr Markle, 75, went unanswered, Harry wrote: “Tom, Harry again! Really need to speak to u.

“U do not need to apologize, we understand the circumstances but ‘going public’ will only make the situation worse.

“If u love Meg and want to make it right please call me as there are two other options which don’t involve u having to speak to the media, who incidentally created this whole situation.

“So please call me so I can explain. Meg and I are not angry, we just need to speak to u. Thanks.

“Oh any speaking to the press WILL backfire, trust me Tom. Only we can help u, as we have been trying from day 1.”

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