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Last week, Duchess Meghan‘s friends fought back against her father, Thomas Markle, her half-sister, Samantha Markle, and all the false stories that have been written about her. Because no woman — a pregnant one, at that — should have to deal with this kind of stress. Here’s what we learned: All the crap that’s been out there? Literally, it’s crap. Meghan is basically the bestest friend a person could ask for, her and Harry‘s home life is simple and calm, her half-sibs were never a part of her life and, the most telling, Meg’s father has been lying all this time about not being able to connect with his daughter.

So, naturally, we all expected to hear some sort of rebuttal from the Markles. Some unsavoury tweets from Samantha, another tell-all interview for a British paper with Thomas, both crying that Meghan’s friends don’t have the faintest clue about anything.

Well, we were half-right.

Thomas shared a five-page handwritten letter he received from Meghan with the Daily Mail, which happily published it. But what’s weird (after you get past the grossness of sharing a handwritten letter he received from his daughter!) is that the contents prove Meghan’s friends are right and Thomas is wrong. So, so wrong.

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The letter, which was sent to him last August, basically lays out how bad things have gotten up to that point, and just how irreparable the damage done to their relationship is.

It begins: “Daddy, It is with a heavy heart that I write this, not understanding why you have chosen to take this path, turning a blind eye to the pain you’re causing.” Us too, Meghan. Us too.

She goes on to say he’s broken her heart into a million pieces, “not simply because you have manufactured such necessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.”

Meghan begs him to stop speaking to the press, to stop lying, to stop creating so much pain, to stop exploiting her and Harry’s relationship and “allow us to live our lives in peace.” She also advised her dad to “stop reading the tabloids” which print lies “manufactured by your other daughter, who I barely know,” and HOLY MOLY, it’s all so much. But Thomas clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of “stop.”

She continues: “I realize you are so far down this rabbit hole that you feel (or may feel) there’s no way out, but if you take a moment to pause I think you’ll see that being able to live with a clear conscience is more valuable that any payment in the world.”

Meghan also points out that she actually has helped him out financially, which even Thomas admitted to the paper was true and her assistance, while “modest,” was “greatly appreciated.” And she and Harry reached out and tried to help him after his heart attack, but they received no response from him. Which he denied, of course.

Thomas told the Mail he sent a lengthy response to Meghan’s letter, and in a bizarre twist, requested a photo opp with Meghan and Harry to “show harmony,” so that “the press will back off.” Wow. Just. Wow.

Now Markle claims their estrangement is affecting his health, causing “massive stress,” so if anything happens to him, it’s her fault. Hmm, wonder if Thomas has thought about the massive stress he’s putting on his daughter, who’s nearing her third trimester.

Seriously, though, what else can Meghan do? What can she or anyone do that hasn’t already been done? There seems to be nothing or no one that can rein this guy in. No payoff will be enough because he literally doesn’t know how to stop talking.

In Thomas’ mind, he thought showing the world Meghan’s letter would be the gesture needed to fix their relationship? Um, no. If it did anything at all, it just showed that Meghan can’t trust him. If this is what happens after she pours her heart out, what could possibly come next? Poor Meg.

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