Thomas Markle told Prince Harry he had not colluded with the paparazzi in a telephone call just nine days before the royal wedding, it has been claimed.
The Prince personally called his father-in-law at his home in Mexico to ask about reports he had been working with photographers in the run up to the big day, veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards claims.
But less than 48 hours after the call a newspaper published proof of staged photos.
Speaking on a Radio Kent phone-in show hosted by Prince Harry’s biographer Duncan Larcombe, Edwards claims Markle’s denial of collusion caused ’embarrassment’ to Prince Harry.
He said: ‘Harry spoke to the father direct and said have you been cooperating with the paparazzi. He said no.
Thomas Markle (pictured) told Prince Harry he had not colluded with the paparazzi in a telephone call just nine days before the royal wedding, it has been claimed
The Prince personally called his Markle at his home in Mexico to ask about reports he had been working with photographers before the big day, royal photographer Arthur Edwards claims
‘The Palace put out a statement on Friday night saying to respect his privacy. Harry had been reassured by the father it was not going on.’
Edwards told the ‘On Air with Duncan Larcombe’ show it was obvious from the photos appearing in the media that Markle had been colluding with the paparazzi near his home in Rosarito, Mexico.
He said: ‘We knew the father was colluding with the paparazzi. Everyone in the business knows that. When he was in the library, looking at the TV screen and they happen to be there. You don’t get measured up for a suit in a shop window.’
Radio host Larcombe sounded surprised when Edwards, who has worked for the Sun newspaper for 40 years, claimed Harry had actually called Markle.
Edwards said: ‘He told him he had not colluded..I think he (harry) was embarrassed
In the fallout from the expose by the Mail on Sunday Mr Markle did not attend the wedding and has since claimed he has no contact with his daughter, now the Duchess of Sussex.
It is likely Prince Harry made the personal call on Friay May 11th after Kensington Palace officials were made aware of a forthcoming newspaper report claiming Markle had been paid to pose for a series of staged photos.
The following day after Harry’s alleged phone call, the press watchdog IPSO issued a warning to the media requesting that photographers respect Mr Markle’s privacy and stop from harassing him.
Markle has claimed he has been ‘cut off’ by his daughter following his absence from her wedding and a series of media interviews he has given
Speaking on a Radio Kent phone-in show hosted by Prince Harry’s biographer Duncan Larcombe, Edwards said Markle’s denial of collusion caused ’embarrassment’ to Prince Harry
Less than 24 hours later the Mail on Sunday published its bombshell report that showed Markle had been colluding with paparazzi Jeff Rayner who took the staged shots.
Rayner, a Los Angeles based photographer, could clearly be seen in the series of photos directing the shots which included Markle being measured for a wedding suit and looking at photos of the soon to be wed couple on a library computer.
The photos are reported to have sold for over £200,000 worldwide with Markle’s share not known.
The former film lighting director later apologised and the Duchess of Sussex’s half sister Samantha claimed it was her idea to portray to stage the photos in the hope of portraying her her father in a positive way.
In the fall out from the Mail on Sunday expose Mr Markle cancelled his flight to London the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle.
The day before the story appeared – on Saturday May 12 – Prince Harry’s press officer contacted press watchdog IPSO on behalf of Mr Markle.
Markle was concerned for his safety as he had been subject to continual surveillance and harassment by paparazzi.
In the days that followed Mr Markle apologised for colluding with the paparazzi telling the US based celebrity site TMZ that they looked ‘stupid and hammy’ and he regretted posing for them.
As speculation mounted that Mr Markle would pull out of the wedding Kensington Palace issued a statement from Meghan and Harry pleading for ‘understanding and respect’.
The statement said: ‘This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation,’
Prince Harry and Megan Markle married at Windsor castle in May – but her father did not make the trip because he claimed he had undergone heart surgery where he lives in Mexico
The next day, Thomas apparently changed his mind, saying he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle but pulled out altogether due to undergoing heart surgery.
Meghan’s mother Dora gave her away during the service with Prince Charles accompanying her down the aisle.
Since the wedding Mr Markle has given a series of explosive interviews and claims he has been cut out of his daughter’s life.
He complained that the phone numbers he has for her no longer work and its been reported that their last conversation was the day after the wedding.
A Kensington Palace spokesman refused to comment.