Markle vs Markle: Meghan's father is set to be star witness against her in High ...

Markle vs Markle: Meghan's father is set to be star witness against her in High Court showdown as devastating texts expose their bitter war of words over Estranged father of Duchess of Sussex expected to be key witness for defence Thomas Markle, 75, has given lawyers previously unseen text messages They were sent in the build-up to Meghan's to Prince Harry And they show the breakdown of the relationship between father and daughter   

By Vanessa Allen and Sam Greenhill for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:21 GMT, 14 January 2020 | Updated: 22:36 GMT, 14 January 2020

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Thomas Markle is prepared to give evidence against his own daughter in an extraordinary legal case, it was revealed yesterday.

The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex is expected to be called as a key witness for the defence in a court case she has brought against a newspaper.

Mr Markle, 75, has given lawyers previously unseen text messages sent in the build-up to Meghan's to Prince Harry that reveal the breakdown of the relationship between father and daughter.

Some of the messages were detailed yesterday in defence papers filed at the High Court in London.

The documents say that after Mr Markle messaged his daughter saying he couldn't come to her because he had been rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery and told not to fly on health grounds, he received a text that appeared to be from Prince Harry.

The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex is expected to be called as a key witness for the defence in a court case she has brought against a newspaper (pictured: Meghan Markle as a youngster, with her father Thomas Markle)

The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex is expected to be called as a key witness for the defence in a court case she has brought against a newspaper (pictured: Meghan Markle as a youngster, with her father Thomas Markle)

The message admonished him, accused him of causing hurt to his daughter and did not ask about his health. It left Mr Markle 'deeply hurt'.

In return, Mr Markle wrote: 'I've done nothing to hurt you Meghan or anyone else … I'm sorry my heart attack is … any inconvenience for you.'

The Duchess of Sussex launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday last year after it published extracts of a letter she wrote to her father in August 2018.

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Meghan, 38, has accused the newspaper – the sister paper of the Daily Mail – of breaching her privacy, her data protection rights and her copyright when it published extracts.

The MoS filed its defence to her case at the High Court in London yesterday. It denied her claims and

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