Meghan Markle's father reportedly staged paparazzi photos

It was reported the paparazzi photos sold for as much as £100,000

Chelsea Ritschel
Tuesday 15 May 2018 09:35
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Meghan Markle’s father may have some explaining to do ahead of the royal wedding - as it has been reported he collaborated with paparazzi to stage multiple photo shoots.

Over the last few months, numerous publications have published the adorable photos of Thomas Markle attempting to learn more about his daughter’s life in Britain.

In some of the photographs, Markle Sr can be seen flipping through a book of British landmarks, while others show him at an internet cafe reading about his daughter’s relationship with Prince Harry.

From the photos, it appeared Meghan’s father was excited for his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on May 19 2018 and was eagerly learning more about Britain ahead of his own arrival for the royal wedding.

However, the Daily Mail has now reported the photos were staged - after receiving security footage that allegedly shows Mr Markle and a photographer, Jeff Rayner, at an internet cafe.

In the video, a man who is believed to be Mr Markle can be seen entering the internet cafe in Mexico alongside another man with a camera. The video also shows the man identified as Rayner adjusting the screen to capture a better angle of Mr Markle, and then paying for the time at the end of the photoshoot.

Other photographs of Mr Markle have allegedly been staged as well, according to the Mail, including pictures of him being fitted for a suit and of him working out.

In addition to the security footage, the Mail also noted that Meghan’s father can be seen wearing the same outfit in each photo - suggesting that multiple photo shoots were taken on the same day.

In the photos, Mr Markle is wearing a blue sweatshirt worn over a blue collared shirt.

According to Meghan's brother Thomas Markle Jr, their father is apparently planning on apologising to his daughter over the photo stunt, as stated by the Mirror.

"He won't say anything publicly but he'll apologise sincerely to Meg and the royal family," Meghan's brother said.

"People are quick to judge but they have no idea how much scrutiny we live under.

"Ever since Meg's relationship with Harry was made public two years ago we have lived our once normal lives under the spotlight every second.

"Nobody can understand what it is like opening your curtains in a morning and being watched by these paparazzi to going to bed at night and still seeing them there."

The Daily Mail reported that the photos of Mr Markle were sold for as much as £100,000 - however, it is unclear what percentage, if any, Meghan’s father made from the photos.

The news comes after a statement was released by Prince Harry’s representatives that said Mr Markle was being “followed and harassed” by media and paparazzi ahead of the wedding.

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