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Meghan Markle's estranged father, Thomas Markle, sat down for an interview where he explained why he leaked a private letter, penned by his daughter.

Last week, news hit that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are suing Mail on Sunday for publishing excerpts of the private letter, Markle says he was not paid for the article and agreed to publish the letter as a last attempt at reconciliation.

" I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan's friends in People magazine," Thomas told the outlet. "I have to defend myself. I only released parts of the letter because other parts were so painful. The letter didn't seem loving to me. I found it hurtful." 

He claims that he tried to reach out but that his daughter had changed her number on him. Markle talks to the media a lot about his broken relationship with the Duchess of Sussex - but continuing to speak to the press does not seem to be working for him.

"When I opened the letter I was hoping it was the olive branch I'd longed for," he told the Mail. "I was expecting something that would be a pathway to reconciliation. Instead it was deeply hurtful. I was so devastated I couldn't show it to anyone—and never would have, had it not been for the People magazine piece which meant I had to release portions to defend myself."