Thomas Markle has admitted he still makes money from the staged paparazzi photos he set up before the royal wedding.
Meghan Markle, who is the daughter of Thomas, was left ’embarrassed’ when her father secretly collaborated with a British photographer in pictures designed to ‘change his imagine’ back in 2018, according to reports.
As soon as Thomas was exposed about what happened by the media, he immediately claimed it was a ‘mistake’ and apologised to both Meghan and Harry even though they had warned him about the press. In a documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, he admits he still makes money from the images every time they are used, saying :’Absolutely, those pictures will sell forever.’ Thomas went on to add that at the start, he wasn’t doing it to make money, he was just trying to repair his damaged image. He said: ‘I had been going through this for months. Every paper seemed to want to make me look like a dumb, fat slob. I bought a new toilet, it became news around the world and I was made a joke- this was my throne.
‘I got approached by a guy who spoke to me and said “I can change your image”. He said we’ll go out and take some photographs of you looking like you’re getting in shape for the wedding. The idea was that these would all be candid shots, discreet, no one would know they were posed or anything. It would be just me doing my routine daily.’
When asked by Meghan and Harry to tell them the truth about the photos, he said: ‘I denied it all. All Harry asked me was did I pose for measurement for a suit, and I said “no I wasn’t posing for a measurement for a suit, I was being measured for a new hoodie”. And of course that was a lie. I lied to him. I’m not proud of that, but I did. I didn’t do it for money. I did this to change my image.’
According to Mirror Online, the images were originally sold round the world for as much as 100k.