Uh oh…is Meghan Markle’s dad bringing the American crassness to his daughter's wedding? It sure looks like it. Word is that the "candid shots" of Meghan's dad,
Thomas Markle weren't just staged...they were done with his full cooperation.
It was revealed that Thomas worked with a Los Angeles-based photographer Jeff Rayner, who sold the pictures as candid shots. Various sources and witness saw the two collaborate on the pictures, which featured him looking at news reports of Meghan’s wedding at an Internet café, reading a magazine about British landmarks, and being fitted for a suit for Saturday’s wedding.
Rayner allegedly got paid $135-thousand dollars, but it’s not clear how Thomas may or may not have benefited from the situation.
- Meanwhile, the photos surfaced after Prince Harry and the royal family asked the paparazzi to leave her father alone. Mr. Markle’s reps issued a letter to international media asking them to lay off him, saying all of the requests for interviews and photo shoots were intruding on his privacy. Rayner’s agency, Rayner-Coleman, isn’t talking, and Rayner himself wouldn’t comment. Neither would Kensington Palace nor Mr. Markle.
- Of course, the timing could not have been worse for the photo scandal to erupt. Over the weekend, Queen Elizabeth signed the official permission for the couple's wedding to take place.