The night before her wedding day Meghan Markle sent one final text to her dad Thomas which he didn’t reply to, a new book has claimed.
The public falling out between the dad and daughter was the culmination of claims that Thomas Markle had staged paparazzi photographs.
In a new book, Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, it is claimed that Meghan felt let down that Thomas had lied to her about the pictures which showed him living his life in a Mexican resort.
The book claims a friend said: “If it wasn’t for Harry, Doria and her friends, Meghan herself says that she wouldn’t have mentally got through it.
“The night before the wedding, she sent her father one last text. He did not reply.”
Prince Charles ended up walking Meghan down the aisle in May 2018 but the book claims the night before a ‘heartbroken’ Meghan was desperately contacting her dad.
The friend claims Meghan said she had left her dad a final message, adding: “I can’t sit up all night just pressing send.”
The faked photos were picked up globally with the book claiming that the photographer Jeff Rayner made at least $130,000 from their sales – Thomas is claimed to have taken a 30% cut.
There were no quotes from Thomas as he had been told by Kensington Palace officials to respond to any questions from the press with: “I can’t speak out of respect for my family.”
Following the images being published Mr Markle had said he would not attend the wedding and give away his daughter.
The book claims a wounded Meghan has asked palace officials to release a statement she wrote herself about the incident, calling it “a deeply personal matter” and she had requested her privacy as they sorted it out.
She is claimed to have felt forced to take some sort of action while not wanting her dirty linen washed in public.
Despite her dad’s behaviour, the book claims he was ‘crushed’ that he dad would miss her wedding.
A close friend said: “Plus, she was worried about him: she honestly wasn’t sure if he was actually OK. His behaviour was bizarre.”
Meghan and Harry were also claimed to have been angry at the media for wearing down Mr Markle for several months.
A week before the wedding the palace had a tip-off that a Sunday tabloid planned to expose the “candid” frames as staged so Harry asked the the palace communications team, in consultation with the legal team, to work on a strategy to kill the embarrassing story.
The book says Meghan wanted to hear from her dad what had happened.
A friend is claimed to have said Meghan told Mr Markle over the phone: “Dad, we need to know if this is true or not, because my team is going to try to stop this story running — if you are telling me it’s fake.
“If they do that, they’re going out of their way to protect you, Dad,” Meghan said over the phone. “You’re telling me you’re being victimised, right?”
But he lied to his daughter.
Meghan is claimed to have just wanted to ‘put it all behind them’ and believed her dad had been corrupted.
But once the story about the fake pictures were exposed Meghan is claimed to have been ‘devastated’ by her dad’s deception.
The book claims she was desperate to have him at her wedding but he failed to respond to her numerous phone calls and text messages.
Mr Markle contacted the American entertainment website TMZ to plead his case and also said he would not be going to the wedding to spare his daughter and her in-laws any further ’embarrassment’.
Four days before the wedding Mr Markle suffered a heart attack he put down to stress.
The book claims fearful Meghan had sent him a string of texts asking how he was and if he needed help.
It says he did reply saying he would recover at a motel but when Meghan asked for more details he didn’t reply to that text nor the final one she sent hours before her wedding to Harry.