Meghan Markle, like so many royals in ages past, is under siege by members her own family. In modern times, at least, they're using interviews, not trebuchets.
Her idiot dad's cruel comments continue to be a thorn in her side during what should be one of the happiest times in her life.
A source explains why she has not tried to reach out to him to plead for his silence -- and why that wouldn't work anyway.
A source close to Meghan Markle tells The Daily Mail that Meghan has a very good reason for not speaking to Thomas Markle.
"The only reason Meghan hasn't spoken to her father yet," the insider reports. "Is because she's yet to hear from him in a respectful manner."
In fact, most of what she hears from him is just him blabbing into any microphone within arm's reach.
"Thomas," the source says. "Is speaking to the press more than he's reached out and spoken to his own daughter."
That's not just cruel and embarrassing -- it's sad.
The insider says that Thomas' whining has been in bad faith, because he could have quietly gotten in touch with his daughter if that were truly his intention.
"If Thomas truly wanted to speak with Meghan," the source says. "He could easily have sent a letter to her mother."
The two may have broken up when Meghan was six, but they're believed to be in contact.
And Meghan's mom, at least, has enough dignity to play a role in her daughter's life.
Thomas could have sent her a letter, the insider says, "and asked her to pass it along" to Meghan.
The individual close to Meghan suggests that they know why he didn't take this route after Meghan got a new number.
"Unfortunately," the source says. "That wouldn't sell papers."
Thomas' constantly whining to the press works well for him -- he gets paid interviews -- and for the outlets who grant the interviews.
The insider notes that him acting reasonably would not pay well "or fit into his fabricated and salacious narrative."
That sounds harsh ... but also true.
If you read betweent he lines, it seems pretty clear that Meghan can't trust her father enough to just call him.
Why? Because if her pleas failed to convince him to stop, he would then have one more thing to use against her in new interviews.
What's more is that she can't know for certain that he won't secretly record her.
It's one thing for Meghan's awful half-sister, Samantha Grant, to deliberately say cruel things about her. That just seems to be who Samantha is as a person.
It's another thing altogether for Meghan to feel like she can't trust her own father, with whom she was very close.
A recent report has said that Meghan will do anything to make her dad shut up, and that the Palace is condiering changing its policies.
That could mean that Kensington Palace might, instead of sidestepping these interviews and stories, actually counter with their own narrative.
It also means that they might establish a secure backchannel through which to extend an olive branch to Thomas to bring this nightmare to an end.
Some fear that this embarrassing saga will deter future royals from marrying commoners -- or marrying Americans.
Still, this is the royal family we're talking about. Harry's ancestors had arranged marriages to their cousins in order to prevent wars. This is, historically speaking, barely an incident.