Prince Harry was spotted at the rugby today in his first public appearance since the details of Meghan's letter to her father were revealed, showing how she begged him to stop his 'painful' attacks on her 'kind and patient' husband.

A deeply personal letter sent by the duchess to her father was published this weekend, in which she accused him of breaking her heart 'into a million pieces' by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and attacking her husband.

In the letter Meghan complains her father sided with her half-sister Samantha in criticising her while she ‘silently suffered at the hand of her half-sister's vicious lies’, but her father insists: ‘I never wanted Meg to suffer.’

She goes on to complain that Mr Markle has made no attempt to contact her – and chastises him for falsely telling journalists he is the one who has been shunned – a criticism her father vehemently refutes.

She also accuses her father of snubbing her and Prince Harry's offers to help when he pulled out of attending their wedding following two heart attacks and accuses him of being ungrateful for money she has given him.

Meghan's father said that he never intended to make the handwritten missive public ‘out of respect for Meghan’ – but says he has been forced to do so now because its contents have been falsely portrayed.

Five nameless friends of the duchess spoke to the media in an effort to counter the 'global bullying' directed at her.

Contrary to claims made by the Duchess’s friends, her father said the letter made no attempt to heal their bitter rift. ‘I thought it would be an olive branch. Instead, it was a dagger to the heart,’ Mr Markle said.

He dismissed suggestions he has made no attempt to patch things up since her wedding.

Meghan, who is currently pregnant, revealed in mid January her baby is due around the end of April or the beginning of May.