Thomas Markle 'lied to Prince Harry about paparazzi photos before hanging up on him'

Thomas Markle revealed that he lied to Prince Harry and hung up on him (Splash/Getty)

Meghan Markle's father has admitted to lying to Prince Harry about a series of staged photos in the run up to their wedding.

Thomas Markle said he had told his future son-in-law that the photos, that showed him running up a hill lifting weights and getting measured for a wedding suit, had not been deliberately set up.

But in the Channel 5 documentary Thomas Markle: My Story, Mr Markle, who believes his daughter will never see him again, admitted he was paid for the photos after he was painted as a "dumb, fat slob" by the media.

He told the documentary: "I got approached by a guy who spoke to me and said, 'I can change your image'.

"The idea was that these would all be candid shots, discreet, no one would know they were posed or anything.

"But he keeps saying, 'You've got to trust me. I've done this a hundred times.'"

After Prince Harry phoned him to question him about whether he set up the photos, Mr Markle added: "I denied it. And of course that was a lie. I lied to him. I'm not proud of that, but I did."

Mr Markle admitted the deal would "haunt me for the rest of my life", and spoke of how he hung up on Harry when he called to tell him off for setting it up.

Thomas Markle revealed that he lied to Prince Harry and hung up on him (Splash/Getty)

Mr Markle recalled: "Harry said to me, 'If you had listened to me, this wouldn't have happened to you'.

"I said to him, 'It's too bad I didn't die because then you guys could pretend you were sad,' and then I hung up on them. I was done."

Despite his regrets of setting up the photos, Mr Markle went on to say he would continue to cash in on his daughter, telling her that it was "time to look after daddy".

He said: "I'm going to defend myself and I'm going to be paid for it. I don't care.

"At this point, they owe me. The royals owe me. Harry owes me, Meghan owes me. What I've been through I should be rewarded for...

"I'm in my senior years now — it's time to look after daddy."

Despite his admissions in the documentary, Mr Markle said he wanted the documentary to show he is "not all the trashy things" being said about him.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette (right), as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London after thanking Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette (R) for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex are greeted outside Canada House in London by Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette (L) and the deputy High Commissioner, Sarah Fountain Smith (2nd from left). (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London after thanking Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Canada House in London. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex met Canada's High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Janice Charette thanking her for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette and the deputy High Commissioner, Sarah Fountain Smith (left), as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk with the High Commissioner for Canada in the UK Janice Charette (2nd left) and the deputy High Commissioner Sarah Fountain Smith (left) during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Canada House, central London, meeting with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for her visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for the visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.
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