In Sunday editions and online, Britain’s Daily Mail published what it said was security camera footage showing Thomas Markle arriving at the internet cafe with a photographer, CNN reports.
Samantha Markle took full responsibility for arranging the photos, saying she was “entirely the culprit.” When asked if her father had been paid, she said she didn’t think so but wasn’t sure.
“I do not believe so. That was not the motive — it was my suggestion,” she said. “I have no idea. But if he did, I am going to assume it was a pittance — they don’t pay that much. It really was so the world could see him doing the healthy things.”
The biracial American actress, like her fiance Prince Harry, is a child of divorce. Thomas Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, met at a Hollywood studio in the late 1970s where he was working as a lighting director and she was a temp.
Her parents split when Meghan was young, but she told Vanity Fair this year that they remain on good terms and even take vacations together as a family. Earlier this month, Kensington Palace announced that Thomas Markle was scheduled to walk Meghan down the aisle at her wedding.
In her ITV interview, Samantha Markle accused the media of taking advantage of Thomas Markle, noting that their father, who is 73 years old, is “a bit more fragile.”
“I feel that the media have unfairly preyed on him and he has really been admirable about laying low and not speaking out on certain things,” Markle told ITV. “I merely wanted him to be seen in a respectable light and that wasn’t being done.”