Last night, Daily Mail took yet another shot at a royal scandal involving Meghan Markle’s family. This time they claimed Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, had staged the photos with the help of a photographer for an apparent sum of $180,000AUD.

Earlier this year photographs of Thomas at an internet cafe googling his daughter arose and people thought they were quite cute and endearing. Well, Daily Mail got in touch with the cafe manager, Jessica Anaya, who said the photos were totally staged with British photographer, Jeff Rayner, just a few steps away.

“He [Mr Markle] had never come here before and I didn’t know who he was. He had a photographer with him. He came in and paid to use the computer, while the other person was taking pictures of him from behind.”

Now The Telegraph’s royal correspondent, via a source, has shared that Thomas is receiving support from Kensington Palace who would “continue to make interventions with the media out of concern for his safety and security.” 

Security concerns arose after photographers reportedly flooded Thomas’ small home town after his daughter’s engagement was announced.

Following the Daily Mail’s piece, they released another one stating Meghan’s team had written to editors across the world asking them to leave Thomas alone as he had no interest in interviews or photo opportunities. As a result of the constant media attention, the 73-year-old’s health has suffered.

In November of 2016, Prince Harry released a statement via his communication secretary detailing his disgust with the treatment Meghan had received since their relationship went public.

A section of the statement read:

“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments…

He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees.

This is not a game – it is her life and his.”

The retired Hollywood lighting director is due to fly to England from Mexico in the coming days where he’ll walk Meghan down the aisle come May 19. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland will also be attending the wedding.

On a much lighter note, Kensington Palace have tweeted the intense preparations the Kitchens of Windsor Castle are undertaking as they ready themselves for the big day.

Yes those are hundreds of chocolate truffle balls. If you’re keen to read more, click HERE.

The Royal Wedding will air on Channel 7 from 6PM, Channel 9 from 7PM, ABC from 7:30PM, and SBS’s coverage will begin at 7:30PM as well.

Source: The Telegraph
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