A common refrain in this column is how much Meghan Markle's dad frickin' sucks, and sure, it's better to cope with a sh*tty dad while sitting in a literal palace, but not even keys to a kingdom can spare you from daddy issues.
Last August, a few months after her wedding to Prince Harry, the duchess wrote:
Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces — not simply because you have manufactured such unnecessary and unwarranted pain, but by making the choice to not tell the truth as you are puppeteered in this. Something I will never understand.
If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband. I realize you are so far down this rabbit hole that you feel (or may feel) there’s no way out, but if you take a moment to pause I think you’ll see that being able to live with a clear conscience is more valuable than any payment in the world.