Harry shook hands with fans outside stadium before joining president of the Rugby Football Union in stands
The royal warmed his hands in the chilly conditions and then took part in a rendition of God Save The Queen
First appearance more details emerged of the letter in which Meghan accused father of breaking her heart
Prince Harry was spotted at the rugby today in his first public appearance since the ‘devastating’ details of Meghan’s letter to her father were revealed, showing how she begged him to stop his ‘painful’ attacks on her ‘kind and patient’ husband.
Harry was seen belting out the National Anthem ahead of England’s Six Nations clash with France. He then warmed his hands in the chilly conditions before sitting down for the action, which currently sees the home side up by 30 to 8.
A deeply personal letter sent by the duchess to her father was published this weekend, in which she accused him of breaking her heart ‘into a million pieces’ by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and attacking her new husband.
In the letter Meghan admonishes her father, in anguished tones, for siding with her half-sister Samantha – who has attacked her in the press – while she ‘silently suffered at the hand of her vicious lies’.
She goes on to complain that Mr Markle has made no attempt to contact her – and chastises him for falsely telling journalists he is the one who has been shunned – a criticism her father vehemently refutes.
She also accuses her father of snubbing her and Prince Harry’s offers to help when he pulled out of attending their wedding following two heart attacks and accuses him of being ungrateful for money she has given him.
The former award-winning Hollywood lighting director, who now lives in Mexico, said that he never intended to make the handwritten missive public ‘out of respect for Meghan’ – but says he has been forced to do so now because its contents have been falsely portrayed.
Contrary to claims made by the Duchess’s friends, he said the letter made no attempt to heal their bitter rift. ‘I thought it would be an olive branch. Instead, it was a dagger to the heart,’ Mr Markle, 74, said last night.
He dismissed suggestions he has made no attempt to patch things up since her wedding. He showed this newspaper texts which he says prove he reached out multiple times to his daughter and the son-in-law he has never met.
The US magazine People claimed to ‘put the record straight’ over the Duchess’s relationship with her father and criticism of her style as a Royal.
It was based on interviews with five friends – at least one of whom is thought to be one of the Duchess’s co-stars in Suits, the legal drama in which she starred for six years.
The Duchess came under fire over her apparent decision to allow her confidantes to defend her in the extraordinary interview, without, it is understood, involving Kensington Palace.
The palace has refused to comment on whether the magazine’s anonymous sources had co-operated at the direct request of the Duchess or with her tacit approval.
Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who worked for both Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, feared the decision would only exacerbate issues.
He said: ‘Assuming – and as these sources are anonymous we don’t know for sure – that this was done with her agreement, it has opened a Pandora’s box. The issue with her father is an open wound and I’m not entirely sure it is the best idea to aggravate that.’
Last night, Mr Markle said it was unfair for his daughter’s friends to use the media to ‘spin a line’ while he was being criticised for ‘giving a handful’ of interviews to the press. In the article last Wednesday, the Duchess’s friends said that she was devastated by his response to the letter, in which he suggested father and daughter pose for press pictures.
One friend said: ‘She feels like “that’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you that I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to… Did you hear anything I said?” ’
Mr Markle said he had suggested the photo op as a way of showing the world they could be friends again, describing the Duchess’s reading of it as ‘tragic misunderstanding’ he wishes he could put straight. The rift between the Duchess and her father began after The Mail on Sunday revealed, just days before her wedding in May last year, that he had colluded with the paparazzi to stage a series of lucrative photo opportunities.
Such was his humiliation that he offered to pull out of attending the Royal Wedding and was later prevented from going after suffering two heart attacks.
Since then, he has given a series of damaging interviews in which he has spoken of his dismay at being cast adrift by his daughter and the Royal Family.
Five nameless friends of the duchess spoke to People in an effort to counter the ‘global bullying’ directed at her.
Mr Markle, who allegedly staged paparazzi photos of himself days before his daughter was due to marry the Duke of Cambridge, has previously claimed his relationship with his daughter has broken down.
He has made public appeals, including during an interview on Good Morning Britain, for his daughter to get in touch with him.
Meghan, who is currently pregnant, revealed in mid January her baby is due around the end of April or the beginning of May.
Two handwriting experts give their views on Meghan’s letter
Her emotional barometer (seen in the handwriting slant) is set to the right, which means that emotional responsiveness is high – Meghan wants to be friendly and cooperative, she wants to communicate and express herself.
Also, the spacing of the words is tellingly quite wide and irregular, which also tells us that she gave great thought and consideration to the content of what she’s saying, to the extent that it was naturally causing her to feel quite a bit of anxiety.
This matter is clearly affecting Meghan deeply.
She has strong left tendencies (where her endstrokes sweep up and backwards), which reveal how much she reflects about things that have happened to her in the past, and how it’s impossible for her to forget people who have meant so much to her in her life.
And the elaborate strokes or embellishments that sweep across the tops of words (which incidentally are added as a superfluous addition afterwards) look like little protective umbrellas, giving further credence to her deep feelings on the matter.
They also reveal her vulnerability – the chink in her armour. Surely this is enough proof how much Meghan cares? It must be exhausting for her!
Meghan shows a highly stylised and slow handwriting. She is ultra cautious, is well aware that the world has their eyes on her and that is just how she likes it. This is not a spontaneous or intellectually creative woman but a consummate performer and strategist.
There is a strong right slant and her letters have often been retraced. There is enormous emotion as well as energy but she is both self aware and self orientated. However she suffers from anxiety and in this instance her usual regularity and over control of pen strokes does show some wavering and a slight uneven baseline – she is showing some wavering of self control. But not much!
The pressure of the pen is strong – she is physically and sensually as well as materially motivated.
The somewhat incongruous and visually dominating leftward upper zone flourishes appear to be tacked on – this is the 21st Century female equivalent of the Dandy, the fop or indeed the showman – and yes the narcissist.
There are circles within circles in the smaller letters which show her secrecy and unwillingness to reveal her true inner thoughts. She is stubborn and unlikely to waiver in her thoughts but she is ambitious, very hard working and driven.
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