Queen Elizabeth II is furious with Meghan Markle and her crazy family after she learned Thomas Markle Sr. was just busted in Mexico making a “sleazy wedding deal.” With the May 19th wedding only days away, many in the United Kingdom are begging Prince Harry to “call off the wedding,” viewing this latest scandal as a sign of things to come.
Another scandal has rocked the coming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and this time it’s her reclusive dad living in Mexico who is the culprit. Up until this point, Thomas Markle, Sr. has been a somewhat sympathetic character in this family drama, but no more.
According to the Daily Mail, “Meghan Markle’s father has secretly collaborated with a British paparazzi photographer to stage a series of pictures – despite pleas from Prince Harry for the media to leave his future father-in-law alone.”
They add, “Thomas Markle, who will walk his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, has been caught on CCTV willingly posing for faked photographs that have been sold to newspapers around the world. Together with other pictures taken with his co-operation, they will have netted up to £100,000 [$135,000 US dollars].”
The astonishing footage obtained by the Daily Mail on Sunday shows the 73-year-old former lighting director arriving at an internet cafe with photographer Jeff Rayner. Minutes later, the pair are seen preparing to photograph Mr. Markle while he is sitting at a computer looking at a news story about his daughter and Prince Harry.
Page Six reports, “The pictures showed Thomas Markle, 73, looking at news reports about his daughter’s wedding at an internet cafe, reading a magazine about British landmarks and even being fitted for a suit for his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday.”
Witnesses reported seeing the dad and Rayner show up together and plan out the scenes in the three photo shoots.
“They didn’t stay long, probably about 10 minutes,’’ the internet cafe’s manager, Jessica Anaya, 34, said. “And they left together.”
At one point, the pair went to a tailor shop to take fake photos of the dad getting fitted for a suit, but the store was closed, the site said. Undeterred, they enlisted the help of a 17-year-old worker at a neighboring party goods store to pose as a clothier — and Markle, a retired Hollywood lighting director, whipped out his own tape measure for the kid to use, the Daily Mail said.
“I just went along with it. I was telling him the measurements, but he didn’t write them down or anything,” said the party store worker, David Flores. “It was really strange.”
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) May 13, 2018
The Daily Mail reached out to Kensington Palace, and they said “no comment.” But behind the scenes palace insiders are reporting the Queen is furious and is sick of the drama. Many people think Mr. Markle is less offensive than Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle and her half-brother Thomas Markle, Jr., and both have been shooting off their mouths in the tabloids.
In fact, Samantha Markle is now taking the blame for her father’s actions. In a tweet to Kensington Palace this morning, she said, “The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault. The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family. We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money @KensingtonRoyal.”
Exclusive: Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha speaks exclusively to us ahead of the royal wedding. On her father’s paparazzi pictures: “I am entirely the culprit – it was my suggestion” #HarryandMeghan #royalwedding https://t.co/NSljCxAY5Y pic.twitter.com/hzQimWhcLp
— Loose Women (@loosewomen) May 14, 2018
Many in Britain don’t blame Meghan’s dad for making some extra cash. “The more I think about this, the more I say good for you Tom Markle Sr. The paparazzi and tabloids made huge sums of money chasing him and publishing mostly unflattering articles. So he pulled a fast one on them and made a few bucks in the process. Made them all look like fools,” wrote “Daisy from the UK.”
Others who love the royal family are wanting Prince Harry to “call it off,” like this tweet from “HRHTiffany” which says, “OK dreaming of HRH and WARNING HIM NOT TO MARRY MM! How could this have gone so far? IT’S A SCAM! PLEASE DO NOT let this go through! HMQEII, CALL THIS WEDDING OFF! It IS a SET UP, more than just setting them up together, GOD SAVE [The Queen].”
OK dreaming of HRH and WARNING HIM NOT TO MARRY MM!
How could this have gone so far?
IT'S A SCAM!
PLEASE DO NOT let this go through!
HMQEII, CALL THIS WEDDING OFF!
It IS a SET UP, more than just setting them up together
GOD SAVE 👑 pic.twitter.com/qixK0NdKb1
— 👑 HRHPrincessTiffany 👑 (@TiffanyHrh) May 12, 2018
Others point to Meghan’s own photo set-up with Vanity Fair. The royal-to-be sold her story to Vanity Fair, definitely without Harry’s knowledge, in exchange for Vanity Fair giving her the cover in October 2017, one month before the palace acknowledged her relationship.
It was a PR stunt by Princess Pushy to make clear to the world she was dating one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Now, according to a poll by Opinium Research, last week showed only 38 percent of Britons planned to tune in to watch the wedding on TV. More than half, 53 percent, said they would not, reported Reuters.
Those numbers are way down from Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton, which had over 2 billion people watch on TV in 2011. The former Miss Middleton didn’t come with half the drama or baggage Ms. Markle comes with.
Many people in the United Kingdom and in America have royal wedding fatigue. The Queen’s husband and consort Prince Phillip is skipping the reception, and it’s not just for “health reasons.” He’s tired of the “Meghan Affect.”
Whether you love her or hate her, it looks like Meghan Markle is making it down the aisle, despite all the craziness surrounding this wedding. From Hollywood to Buckingham Palace, it’s reported she will be styled as “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”