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Just days before her wedding, staged pictures of Meghan's father made their way to the press and the palace's communications team believed he was paid to pose for them. When Meghan and Harry called Thomas to ask for the truth, he denied receiving money from the tabloids. But, Meghan says, "When we hung up, I looked at H and I was like, 'I don't know why but I don't believe him.'"
Things continued to unravel. Though Thomas didn't answer her phone calls, Meghan learned from TMZ he was no longer planning to attend the wedding. Recounting how she continued to get radio silence from her father—even after learning he was in the hospital—the pair flashed visuals of her various text messages to him.
And when Meghan did finally receive a response, it read: "I've done nothing to hurt you Meghan or anyone else I know nothing about 20 phone calls I'm sorry my heart attack is there any inconvenience for you."
Meghan found his response "weird," she says, because "it was not the way he normally texts. It was the opposite." Most notably, he called her Meghan in the message, which she says, "He's never called me [that] a day in my life. It's always been Meg." Because of that, "We kew that his phone had been compromised."
Speaking publicly for the first time in the docuseries, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland says she was "absolutely stunned" that her ex-husband became "part of this circus."
"I felt sad that the media would run with this," Doria says. "That he would capitalize…certainly as a parent, that's not what you do. That's not parenting."