Meghan Markle Claims the Media Destroyed Her Relationship With Her Father, Reveals Prince Harry's Texts to Thomas Markle

Prince Harry begged Meghan Markle's father to stop leaking to the media before their wedding and ring him "if you love Meg," court documents reveal.

The Duchess of Sussex has handed deeply personal messages to the High Court in London as part of legal action she is pursuing against the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

The document, seen by Newsweek, shows the couple staged a last-ditch effort to persuade Thomas Markle to accept their help before they tied the knot at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, in front of a global TV audience of millions.

Following weeks of media speculation about whether he would walk her down the aisle, Thomas Markle told his daughter he would miss the wedding on May 14.

Prince Harry then sent Markle a series of messages trying to persuade him not to speak to the press.

The duke 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."

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

Meghan then learned her father had been taken to hospital suffering a suspected heart attack after he gave a statement to TMZ.

He did not call or pick up the phone to his daughter and her then husband-to-be, the court papers allege.

The following day, she messaged him again, saying: "I've been reaching out to you all weekend but you're not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts...

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Wedding Carriage
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Aaron Chown/Getty

"Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don't respond...

"Do you need help? Can we send the security team down again? I'm very sorry to hear you're in the hospital but need you to please get in touch with us... What hospital are you at?"

Ten minutes later she followed up with: "Harry and I made a decision earlier today and are dispatching the same security guys you turned away this weekend to be a presence on the ground to make sure you're safe... they will be there at your disposal as soon as you need them.

"Please please call as soon as you can.. all of this is incredibly concerning but your health is most important."

The court documents claim Meghan's relationship with her father deteriorated because of the media as lawyers allege the Mail on Sunday tried to "attack and intimidate her."

The papers show Meghan messaged her father on May 5 trying to make contact with less than two weeks to go before the wedding.

She wrote: "I've called and texted but haven't heard back from you so hoping you're okay."

At the time, he was living in his coastal home in Rosarito, Mexico, while the duke and duchess were in Britain preparing for their big day.

However, on May 6, the Mail on Sunday revealed pictures of Thomas Markle which had appeared in The Sun were staged with a picture agency.

Meghan then messaged her father about the incident.

The documents say: "The Claimant [Meghan] explains that she had attempted to arrange logistics and supplies for her father discretely and with privacy, with care taken not to feed the press; that she is trying to protect her father from heightened press intrusion and scrutiny and that he should keep a low profile until the wedding."

The extraordinary inside story behind the dramatic lead up to the royal wedding comes a day after the duke and duchess barred four British newspapers and their sister titles.

The couple said they will not engage on any level with the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express as well as their respective Sunday and online outlets.