*Meghan Markle’s private texts to her father have emerged as her legal battle with a UK tabloid kicks off this week, and they show the former actress is not the heartless daughter that the media (specifically Piers Morgan) has painted her out to be.
Markle is suing the British newspaper Mail on Sunday for publishing excerpts from a letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle.
In a response filed by Meghan’s legal team this week, she describes the “private and confidential” letter sent to her father in August 2018 — three months after her wedding to Prince Harry. Thomas apparently shared the letter with the publication after a friend of Markle mentioned it during an interview with PEOPLE. The Duchess claims she never authorized her friend to speak about the letter, PEOPLE reports.
The new legal papers outline the numerous attempts made by Meghan and Harry to contact Thomas days before their wedding, when he was hospitalized with “acute chest pain” on May 3, 2018.
“I’ve called and texted but haven’t heard back from you so hoping you’re okay,” Meghan messaged.
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Thomas Markle played the medias game. A game Harry warned him about but of course tough guy Thomas couldn’t care less. He hurt, betrayed, backstabbed & emotionally manipulated his daughter. Who lets their daughter find out via media that you had a “heart-attack”? Disgusting.
— ? (@HakunaTheFckNot) April 20, 2020
According to the court docs, Meghan tried 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.”
Then came May 14, when Thomas said he would not be able to attend the wedding. The royal couple called him repeatedly and texted, but he refused to respond. The court documents include these texts from Harry:
“Tom, it’s Harry and I’m going to call you right now. Please pick up, thank you” / “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”.
The smear campaign against Meghan started with that fat f*ck.
He went to the press, granted them interviews, sold her private letter to them.
Thomas Markle Snr. enabled his own daughter’s abuse. He sold her out for money and I wonder how much is left of that ? now.
— ????? ?? (@cuteahmah) April 20, 2020
Markle learned of her father’s heart attack when Thomas told TMZ about it.
“I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts…,” she texted her father, in response to ness about his ailing health. “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?”
“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.”
Poor Cow doesn’t realize lawyers involved would confirm w/official phone records &IP address?
ALL tabloids know a thing or two about phone records & IP’s & would call fakes out in a minute! They ALL have TM’s IP.
Money Grubber Thomas Markle w/be deposed & w/know what he was paid. pic.twitter.com/2er7lXP3FW
— MEYHIVE✨ (@MeghansMeyhive) April 21, 2020
The new legal filings follows Meghan and Harry’s announcement that they will have zero “corroboration and engagement” with four big UK tabloids —The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Express — which they claim has “pulled apart” the lives of many individuals close to the couple.
Shonda Rhimes Says Clash Over Disneyland Ticket Lead to ABC Exit: ‘I Felt Like I Was Dying’
*Shonda Rhimes has detailed her decision to leave ABC and the straw that broke the camel’s back was a request for a Disneyland pass.
For 15 years, Rhymes created TV magic (and made history) at the network, with shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” She reportedly make more than $2 billion for Disney, but had a constant battle with ABC, which is owned by the studio. The writer producer tells The Hollywood Reporter that her creativity was limited at the network
“I felt like I was dying,” she said of her work producing nearly 70 hours of annual television. “Like I’d been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time.”
The final nail in the coffin was hammered in 2017, over a pass to Disneyland.
Here’s more from Us Weekly:
As part of her contract, the showrunner had an all-inclusive pass and had negotiated a second one for her nanny. However, her pass was not interchangeable so when her sister needed one to take Rhimes’ daughter to the park, she had to go back and forth with the network and was told, “We never do this” multiple times.
The park eventually issued her an extra pass — which would have cost $154 — but it didn’t work when her family arrived at the park. Rhimes then called a “high-ranking executive,” who allegedly asked her, “Don’t you have enough?”
With that, she called her lawyer and asked to exit ABC to go to Netflix. Rhimes later inked a deal with the streaming giant worth $150 million.
In August, she announced her new deal, saying, “Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan [Netflix CEO] Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company.”
Her statement continued, “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for—the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation.”
Shonda’s first two projects with Netflix include a documentary about Hollywood icon Debbie Allen (releasing Nov. 27) and the period drama “Bridgerton” (releasing Dec. 25).
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell Foundation Gets Official Website
*Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have launched the website for their new Archewell foundation.
Archwell.com went live on Wednesday, featuring an email sign-up form and contact information, along with a breakdown behind the meaning of the name.
The royal couple announced the foundation in April, noting that the Archewell name is connected to their 1-year-old son Archie.
“Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic, but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be,” the couple said in the statement.
“Before SussexRoyal came the idea of ‘arche’ — the Greek word meaning ‘source of action,’ ” they continued. “We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”
Since stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Harry and Megan have relocated to Los Angeles with their son. They have appeared in severa virtual conversations with various influencers and organizations, speaking out about the impact of social media and the importance of voting in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Most recently, the dynamic duo hosted a specially curated edition of TIME100 Talks, where Harry and Meghan spoke about the state of the digital world.
“What our job is, especially throughout these conversations, is to get people to listen to the experts and for them to explain how what’s happening in the online world is affecting the world,” Harry said. “It is not restricted to certain platforms or certain social media conversations. This is a global crisis: a global crisis of hate, a global crisis of misinformation and a global health crisis.”
Dr. Dre’s Wife Nicole Young Calls Him Out on ‘Ironclad Prenup’
*Dr. Dre’s wife Nicole Young has filed legal docs demanding he turn over the original version of the “ironclad prenup” at the center of their divorce battle.
Here’s more from TMZ:
In the docs, she says Dre’s failed to produce the prenup even though the law is clear he must turn over all relevant financial, business and personal documents.
She says because Dre hasn’t produced it … she doesn’t know which version of the alleged prenup he’s referring to, and calls his refusal to share the info an “intentional abuse” of the divorce process.
Young, 50, filed for divorce over the summer after 24 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple married on May 25, 1996 and share two adult children, son Truice, 23, and 19-year-old daughter Truly.
In his response to the divorce filing, Dre noted that the couple have a prenuptial agreement that he wants enforced.
The hip-hop mogul reportedly has no issue paying spousal support, but any distribution of property should be controlled by the prenup.
Young reportedly filed documents contesting the prenuptial agreement.
“I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner. Given the extraordinary pressure and intimidation by Andre, I was left with no option but to hire a lawyer (of course, with the help of Andre’s team of professionals) and unwillingly signed the agreement very shortly before our marriage,” Young alleges in legal documents filed to the court, per TMZ.
She claims they mutually decided to void the agreement two years later.
“Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me,” Young claims in the filing. “Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void.”
In her new filing, Young challenge Dre’s claim that he tore it up 22 years ago. Meanwhile, Dre denies ever tearing up the agreement.
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