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Meghan Markle: Kensington Palace 'takes legal advice' after dad leaked her letter

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a man posing for the camera: MEGHAN MARKLE AND FATHER THOMAS MARKLE.
TAKEN FROM INSTAGRAM © Internet Unknown MEGHAN MARKLE AND FATHER THOMAS MARKLE. TAKEN FROM INSTAGRAM

Kensington Palace is considering legal action over a leaked letter Meghan Markle wrote to her father, according to reports.

The five-page letter was shared by Thomas Markle Sr and has since been widely re-printed around the world.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Thomas Markle has released extracts of a letter from his daughter © Supplied by WENN Thomas Markle has released extracts of a letter from his daughter The private correspondence from the Duchess of Sussex to her father has been widely publicised and scrutinised since it was first published on Sunday.

And aides at Kensington Palace are reported to be considering whether or not to take a stand over the public disclosures, taking legal advice before pregnant Meghan decides if she wants to take formal action, reports The Daily Telegraph.

a man standing in front of a building: The relationship between Thomas Markle Sr and his daughter Meghan is now 'beyond repair' © Andy Johnstone for The Daily Mirror The relationship between Thomas Markle Sr and his daughter Meghan is now 'beyond repair' Meghan's estranged half-sister Samantha has said that their mutual father Thomas "is prepared to release more" of the letter.

Thomas Jr, half brother to the Duchess, told the Mirror that the father-daughter relationship was 'broken beyond repair'.

Meghan is not thought to have seen her dad since he required heart surgery days before her Windsor wedding to Prince Harry.

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That health episode came soon after it emerged Thomas Markle Sr had trousered cash to pose for photos of him preparing for the royal wedding.

The exact nature of the legal action is not known however under UK law, the Duchess owns the copyright of the handwritten letter, which was first published as a 'World Exclusive' in the Mail on Sunday.

a man posing for a picture: Meghan Markle wrote her dad a heartfelt letter - which he then leaked to the press © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Meghan Markle wrote her dad a heartfelt letter - which he then leaked to the press

The leak came the same week five friends of Meghan revealed that the letter existed to US celebrity magazine People, as they came to defence of the Duchess, who has faced repeated criticism from her own family.

The friends disclosed she had told her father: "Dad, I'm so heartbroken, I love you.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their first child but have continued to suffered regular attacks in her father's interviews © SplashNews.com Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their first child but have continued to suffered regular attacks in her father's interviews "I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship."

One friend continued: "He writes her a really long letter in return and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her.

George Clooney comes Meghan's defense, comparing her plight to Princess Diana's (People)

"And she feels like, 'That's the oppose of what I'm saying. I'm telling you I don't want to communicate through the media, and you're asking me to communicate through the media'."

a close up of a whiteboard: The signatures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seen in a visitors' book at Edes House © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The signatures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seen in a visitors' book at Edes House But the plea apparently did not have the desired effect as Thomas Markle responded by showing the letter to the Mail on Sunday, which published emotional excerpts.

He said the way the letter was presented in People vilified him. He added: "It was presented as her reaching out and writing a loving letter in the hope of healing the rift but the letter isn't like that at all.

Meghan Markle posing for the camera: The Duchess of Sussex accused her dad of breaking her heart 'into a million pieces' © PA The Duchess of Sussex accused her dad of breaking her heart 'into a million pieces'

"I have the right to defend myself."

Meghan Markle posing for the camera: Meghan accused her dad of exploiting her relationship with Prince Harry © ENT / SplashNews.com Meghan accused her dad of exploiting her relationship with Prince Harry Fans of the Duchess have recently criticised Kensington Palace for 'failing to protect' her from 'negative' coverage.

Kensington Palace, who declined to comment to the Daily Telegraph, also declined to comment to the Daily Mirror.

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