Meghan Markle Said Royals Berated Harry in Texts Revealed by Bullying Accusation Aide

Meghan Markle accused the royals of "constantly berating" Prince Harry over her father's attacks on the Monarchy in an email to an aide.

The Duchess of Sussex told a court senior royal family members and their staff only became concerned with Thomas Markle's criticisms when he turned his guns from her to the Monarchy more generally.

And in a text message sent in August 2018 she voiced her frustration to the communications secretary she shared with Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The aide, Jason Knauf, would later go on to accuse her of bullying two months later, in October 2018.

The text is among a trove of Meghan's private messages handed to the Court of Appeal by Knauf as part of a lawsuit between the duchess and tabloid newspaper The Mail on Sunday over a letter she sent her father begging him to stop talking to the media.

Meghan wrote: "The catalyst for my doing this [sending the letter] is seeing how much pain this is causing H. Even after a week with his dad and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seem to forget the context - and revert to 'can't she just go and see him and make this stop?'

"They fundamentally don't understand so at least by writing H will be able to say to his family...'she wrote him a letter and he's still doing it.'

"By taking this form of action I protect my husband from this constant berating, and while unlikely perhaps it will give my father a moment to pause.

"Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked so I have been meticulous in my word choice but please do let me know if anything stands out for you as a liability."

Meghan's letter asked Thomas Markle to stop doing hostile interviews but he later leaked it to The Mail on Sunday in February 2019.

The newspaper published substantial extracts, leading the duchess to sue them for breach of privacy and copyright.

In a 20-page witness statement to the Court of Appeal, Meghan said: "I had privately endured the media onslaught surrounding my father with the support of my husband and [Jason Knauf], in his capacity of our Communications Secretary.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's final day as royals saw them attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020. Meghan messaged an aide to say the royals berated him about her father. Karwai Tang/WireImage

"But it was only when my father began criticizing the Royal Family (including in a long interview published by [The Mail on Sunday] on 28 July 2018) that senior members of the family and their advisers expressed their concern over the public attacks, and expressed their desire to have them stopped.

"I was especially sensitive to this as I had very recently married into the family and was eager to please them.

"It is correct that (as I said in my texts to Mr Knauf) the situation was putting significant pressure on my husband (both externally and by his family), and I felt strongly that I needed to do something about it.

"I felt that, even if my attempt to stop my father talking to the media failed, at least my husband would be able to say to his family that I had done everything I could to stop it."

In her witness statement, released on Wednesday, Meghan described a trip with Prince Harry to visit an unnamed senior royal in the first week of August, 2018.

However, the court today released the full schedule of texts and messages provided by Knauf which revealed the visit was to stay with Prince Charles, as it described them spending "a week with his dad."

The duchess said in her statement, seen by Newsweek: "While my husband and I were sitting with Senior Member B, I was told that Senior Member A was on the telephone and wished to speak to me.

"The telephone was passed to me and we had a discussion about the situation in the presence of Senior Member B and my husband.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seen at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, in New York City, on November 10, 2021, were under pressure over Thomas Markle's attacks on the royal family in August 2018. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

"Once the call ended, we continued discussions with Senior Member B, and it was only after these discussions, and in accordance with the advice that I received from the two senior family members, I decided, that I would write a letter to my father."

Meghan won a resounding victory against the U.K. newspaper in February without a trial but the tabloid has appealed.

The case was heard over three days with a judgement due in the coming weeks, however, if The Mail on Sunday wins the case will go to trial.

That would mean Meghan having to testify and hand over more private messages and documents.