Since becoming a member of the British royal family, everything Meghan Markle does has made headlines.
Her outfits, her hairstyles, her cradling of her baby bump… But among all the usual news we expect about royals, have been endless tabloid stories about her family.
Unlike others related to the royals by marriage – including the Middletons and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland – her dad Thomas Markle and half-sister Samantha Markle regularly speak to media.
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And this has caused a major rift between them and the Duchess.
Leslie Carroll, author of American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke to Mamamia’s daily news podcast The Quicky about the strained relationship Meghan has with her family.
Meghan was extremely close with her father growing up – she would spend time with both her parents, as a family, even after they divorced and would visit Thomas, a well-known Hollywood director of photography, on the set of his TV shows after school.
Leslie said Meghan and her father were on good terms in 2016 and 2017, before things went downhill as she prepared to marry Prince Harry.
But as a video from 1999 shows, this wasn't the first time their relationship had become strained.
"A video surfaced that her high school bestie Ninaki Priddy had filmed and I don't know whether this was intended to just be fun or an amateur audition tape... But there was a tape made when Meghan was about freshman college age and she's driving her car to a Shakira dance video," Leslie explained to The Quicky host Claire Murphy.
"She and Ninaki are driving through Hollywood and Beverly Hills and she casually mentions 'My father doesn't live far from here but we're not going to stop by because my father and I aren't speaking right now'."
It's a throwaway line at the end of the video and no one in the family has explained this, Leslie said.
But it does add an interesting talking point to the narrative about Meghan's relationship with her father.
In it, she wrote that Thomas had “broken [her] heart into a million pieces” by creating “unnecessary and unwarranted pain”, and accused him of “fabricating stories” to establish a false narrative about their relationship.
“You’ve told the press that you called me to say you weren’t coming to the wedding — that didn’t happen because you never called,” it read.