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When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry back in May, her father was conspicuously absent from the proceedings.

At the time, the official reason was that Thomas Markle Sr. had suffered a heart attack.

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It quickly became clear that no such medical emergency had taken place, however.

Yes, as bonkers as it seems to fake a heart attack in order to get out of a social engagement, it’s looking more and more like that’s exactly what Thomas did.

You almost have to respect that level of commitment to introversion.

If Thomas had faked a coronary event to get out of drinks with co-workers, he’d be touring the country giving motivational sopeeches right now.

Instead, he’s giving tabloid interviews whose sole purpose seems to be further humiliating his daughter.

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Yes, Tom is not a good guy, and if there’s any upside to his recent spate of bad behavior it’s that Meg has finally come to realize the extent to which he sucks.

“First, he faked this weird heart attack, which he hasn’t admitted was fake, and now he’s doing all these interviews," a source tells Us Weekly.

"She has no other choice but to ignore him."

Yes, sadly, royal protocol prevents Meghan from speaking out in her own defense.

All she can do is privately plead with her father to stop the insanity.

Which apparently, she’s been doing to no avail:

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“Meghan is so upset over Thomas. She’s upset for a couple of reasons. She doesn’t even know how to communicate with her dad without knowing he won’t exploit her,” the source explains.

“She lives in fear that he’ll leak their communication. If he’s spoken this much already, why wouldn’t he leak their conversation?”

Meghan is reportedlt very careful when speaking with Thomas, as she realizes her words may wind up in the press:

“There is no trust there anymore. And it doesn’t seem like it could ever be rebuilt. The damage is done," says the insider.

Of course, Thomas isn’t the only member of the extended Markle clan who seems happy to try and ruin Meghan’s life for fun and profit.

Samantha Markle has been trashing Meghan for months now, and like Thomas, she doesn’t seem to have any intention of stopping.

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The only difference is, everyone knows Sam is just an opportunistic hater, so Meg doesn’t mind that she’s running her mouth.

The sources says that Samantha “isn’t really a concern” to Meghan.

“She hasn’t seen or really spoken to Samantha since she was like 10,” the insider tells Us.

“They were never close.”

Yes, even the tabloid media is gettin tired of Samantha’s schtick, and several outlets have declined her interview requests.

Who says you can’t count on the press to do what’s right anymore?