Thomas Markle has hit back at a flood of “insults” directed at him since revealing details of his split from daughter Meghan and son-in-law Prince Harry.
The retired Hollywood lighting director, 74, had predicted that his exclusive interview with The Mail last weekend would be his last – but now says he feels compelled to correct the “lies outright “in other media.
In particular, he said he was hurt by claims he was addicted to prescription pills, failed to attend his daughter’s first wedding and was “bitter” that Meghan failed to repay the thousands of dollars he says he spent on his private education.
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Thomas Markle takes a late night trip to the Mexican pharmacy and picks up some Chinese food
“I have only given three interviews, but there are thousands of stories going around and it is not fair that people are allowed to invent lies and get away with it,” he said. declared from his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
“I have read stories that say I am a drug addict or an alcoholic. I don’t understand where these stories are coming from. I took pills when I was in pain, but I never used drugs. My best friend died of an OxyContin overdose [a powerful prescription painkiller].
“I took drugs but I was never addicted to them. We couldn’t move in Hollywood in the 80s [when he worked there] without seeing bowls of cocaine everywhere. But I don’t do drugs and I hardly drink.
He also denied reports that he did not attend Meghan’s 2011 wedding to Hollywood director Trevor Engelson. The couple divorced two years later.
Published photographs of the four-day celebration at the luxury resort town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, show the couple exchanging vows on the beach and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland paddling in the sea. But none show Mr. Markle, who was then divorced from Doria.
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex at their wedding at Windsor Castle in May
“There is no image of me frolicking on the beach because at the time I was in my sixties and wasn’t much of a fan of frolicking,” he said. “But I was very present and there were over 100 people there to witness it. Doria and I accompanied Meghan to the beach together.
“Of course I have pictures of Meghan and I from her first wedding, but I choose not to share them as I think it would be in bad taste and offensive to Prince Harry. We have booked the entire resort and I was more than happy to contribute to the cost of my daughter’s first marriage.
“I sold a bunch of cheap Facebook shares to help pay my share. I don’t regret it at all because I was happy to help, but this stock would be worth a fortune now. I’m not broke, I’m not bitter and I didn’t expect Meghan to reimburse me for anything. I was happy as a father to give him an excellent education. I was happy to give all of my children the best start in life. Of course, I didn’t expect her to reimburse me for her studies.
Mr Markle has not spoken to his daughter since Prince Harry called her to hospital after her heart attack days before the royal wedding on May 19. During the call, Harry berated him for cooperating with paparazzi in staged photos, including one of him apparently being measured for a wedding suit.
Mr Markle is furious at claims he missed his daughter’s first marriage to Trevor Engelson (right)
“I was in a hospital bed, I had just had a heart attack. The timing was not good, ”he said.
Prince Harry said, ‘If you had listened to me, none of this would have happened,’ meaning I shouldn’t have cooperated with the paparazzi. And he’s absolutely right. made a terrible mistake which I have since paid.
“There was no screaming or screaming and I didn’t slam the phone. How do you slam a cell phone? ‘ As the MoS reported last week, Mr Markle is still hoping for reconciliation with Meghan. He said, “I love my daughter. I love Prince Harry. I only wish them the best.
If there is to be a face-to-face reconciliation with the couple, it could happen in February.
Sources in the United States suggested that the “first talks” had started about Harry and Meghan attending a charity polo match in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, Calif., As part of a tour of the United States. United.