'I’m not going to become a monk in a monastery and take a vow of silence.’
Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with her family, something that has plagued her first year as a royal.
The Markles as a whole have created a lot of drama around the now Duchess of Sussex, from estranged nephew Tyler Dooley naming his cannabis business after her to her father Thomas Markle continuously engaging with the press, despite Meghan’s reported pleas for him not too.
Meghan’s half sister Samantha Grant (now going by Markle) has been particularly difficult, from her rumoured appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, and her turning up to Kensington Palace with a camera crew to surprise the Duchess, to her selection of Meghan’s due date as the release date for her tell-all book.
But it wasn’t her estranged half-sister’s book that made waves this week, instead it was her father’s as Thomas Markle was announced to be releasing his own.
And the subject of Thomas Markle’s book? Meghan’s childhood.
Yes, this is not a drill. Thomas Markle is writing a book about Meghan’s upbringing
‘It’s about the good years with my daughter and my fond memories of her growing up,’ Thomas explained to The Sun.
And his reason for the said book? Meghan and Harry’s silence.
‘If they ever want to speak to me, maybe I’ll quiet down a little bit,’ he went on. ‘But in the meantime I’m not going to become a monk in a monastery and take a vow of silence.’
He continued: ‘I can’t shut up because they have opened the door for a million people to criticise me and my family. The bottom line is that I’ve done nothing to deserve this kind of treatment. I cannot cut my tongue out and never speak again.’
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