Thomas Markle claims he never asked Meghan for money & doesn’t need ‘extra cash’

Meghan Markle arriving at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry

Never forget: Meghan Markle’s mom never sold her out. Doria Ragland has been impeccable throughout the engagement and the wedding. Thomas Markle, on the other hand, has been an utter disaster. And he is STILL calling up TMZ to give them exclusives. The last time he spoke to TMZ was when he set up photos of himself getting a frappuccino to go from Starbucks just after his very alleged heart surgery – he set up the photos, then made statements about how the paparazzi are “hounding” him. Probably those same paps that “hounded” him into… setting up other obvious photoshoots, right? So what is Thomas Markle saying now? That he never asked Meghan for money.

Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas, has never asked his daughter for money — despite reports — because he says he leads a frugal life by choice and doesn’t need extra cash. Thomas is shooting down reports that, in the weeks before his daughter’s lavish royal wedding, he reached out to Meghan for money on at least two occasions and Meghan refused to help him out.

Thomas tells us the rumor is “just plain bulls***” despite outlets repeatedly pushing the story. He says he’s got a decent retirement fund and doesn’t need his daughter’s help when it comes to money, but if he did he knows Meghan would help him out. Thomas says money has never been a topic of conversation between the two. Neither brings it up when they talk. As for his health … he says he’s been resting a lot since his heart surgery and will be going to his 2-week follow-up appointment next week.

[From TMZ]

Like most things involving Thomas Markle, I suspect this is utter BS. The reason people suspected that Meghan had been partially financially supporting her dad was because palace sources – aka Poor Jason, being dictated by Meghan – told People Magazine that she’s tried to take care of her dad for years now. It was her way of contradicting her terrible half-siblings’ claims that she never bothered to support Thomas when he was struggling. Besides, Thomas is obviously profiting from Meghan, because of those photoshoots, remember?

Meghan Markle arriving at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. minx says:

    Sure Jan.

    • Lady D says:

      Think the Markle clan will have faded by the end of the year? I wonder what kind of shit they will try to stir up at Christmas? I’m sure Sammy feels entitled to a Christmas in a castle. Speaking of Christmas, someone please tell me that Meghan won’t be participating in that barbaric Boxing Day hunt, whom the more sadistic among them enjoy.

      • Jan90067(aka imqrious2) says:

        I doubt it. Harry didn’t participate in last year’s shoot, even though they were both at Balmoral for the holidays. Then again, he’d just been on a shooting holiday with friends *before* the holidays.

        Don’t think Harry will give it up entirely, but I don’t think Meghan will be a part of it.

      • Enny says:

        When Harry didn’t join the Christmas hunt, it was reportedly because he was respecting Meghan’s feelings – I can’t think of any other reason why he suddenly wouldn’t join in. It seems like they have an arrangement – if she’s there he doesn’t go, but she won’t get in the way if he’s with family or friends and she’s not there. So I imagine that Harry will no longer participate in these hunts, unless Meghan is off doing something else. Now that they’re married and will presumably spend virtually every family holiday together, I imagine he may gradually get out of the habit and it will become less and less important to him over time. And I highly doubt their kids will be participating, so eventually Harry may give it up altogether. We can hope, anyway…

  2. Natalie S. says:

    Can someone please sit him down and explain that people only talk about him because he keeps calling TMZ? Also, he can’t control what others think of him so again stop calling TMZ to persuade people one way or the other because it’s just going to make people talk about how shady his behavior is.

    • Agapanthus says:

      I know. Maybe I’m going soft but I do think he is being exploited by the press. Apparently, they moved into the house next door and were following him for weeks before he spoke to TMZ. He’s a vulnerable, elderly man in poor health who is out of his depth-I think it’s very sad for him, Meg and Doria. I hope they reconcile.

      • Natalie S. says:

        We disagree on how vulnerable he is. I’ve said this before but to me it’s a strong reflection of his character that he blamed his son for his heart problems and then went out and got a Frap. Also, all his press dealings have been about himself. I think he would stop talking to the press if it was explained to him as the way to most effectively have people think better of him.

        If Meghan and Harry wanted more control, I think the solution would be giving Thomas ways to appease his pride. Maybe George Clooney just happens to need to consult a lighting director.

      • minx says:

        Thomas worked in the business, he’s not some dumb hick.

      • Christin says:

        I thought this might be the narrative, until learning of his many years working on well known TV shows, winning two Emmys, etc.

        He should understand tabloids and how all that works. Doubt that he just innocently fell into a trap. And another. And another.

  3. Anguishedcorn says:

    Whatever, dude.

  4. Tanya says:

    I believe he never asked her for money. For certain definitions of “ask” that don’t include “Your poor dad is suffering so much” sob stories, of course.

    • Enny says:

      And even if *he* hasn’t asked, Samantha has done it for him… ;)

      • Sage says:

        Oh please! It is only Meghan’s responsibility to care and provide for her entire family!!! 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

  5. K.T says:

    Him and that thirsty half sister make me sad. I think nda’s a wrong in general but I almost wish that they had an nda on that side of the family.

    • gm says:

      When NDA have been mentioned before on CB, when the “Markle debacle” was taking place, as in why didn’t palace / Meghan have NDA in place, I wondered about if they would be effective. 1. What legal penalty would there be? Half- siblings, Dad don’t seem to have money so even if they broke the NDA what would they care? What could they be sued for? 2. The presence of a NDA would imply there is something to hide to some. I’m not an attorney so would be interested in their opinion on NDA.

    • morrigan01 says:

      The paternal side of the family were never going to be stoped by NDAs. They don’t have enough money between any of them to sue them if they broke them.

      I think a lot of this talk, including the idea that KP should have gathered up the Markles early and get them on board is really a culture clash/shock going on here. The Markle side of the family is the very definition of “Poor White Trash.” (From what I’ve gleaned from people who know the area of Pennsylvania the family comes from, it’s known for it’s White Trash population). The majority of them probably barely finished high school, let alone college. They were never going to be told what to do and then do it. That includes any idea that Thomas Markle should have been taken to England earlier or something. He’s the type of man we have in the US who would have said point blank that he wasn’t going to leave his home for weeks, and was going to stay where he was. And would have bucked at anyone condescendingly telling him what to do. Doesn’t matter that his daughter was marrying a prince – in HIS mind, that has nothing to do with what HE wants to do.

      Personally, what I think happened is Meghan (and Harry) probably told KP not to even bother wasting their time with her half-siblings. And given that they started speaking to the press the minute the relationship was outed, I think KP actually listened to them on that score. Samantha and Tom Jr. then basically went on to hang their damn selves, and show exactly WHY Meghan cut them off. No NDA would have ever stopped them from speaking, and “bringing them into the fold” would have just legitimized them for YEARS as “insiders.”

      However, I DO think they tried with her dad in small ways, hence why he was quite for so long. But I think Meghan knew he wasn’t going to show up, hence all the conflicting talk about who would walk her down the aisle. And why Harry never met him face to face. Maybe part of that was on Thomas’ end; but I also suspect Meghan, Harry or someone knew not to give Thomas Sr. any legit connection to any of the Royals. Doria being in the Royal Box at the closing of the Invictus Games was a clear signal that Doria was “in.” Meghan specifically saying that Harry and her father had never met face to face during the engagement interview was also pretty strategic to signal that Thomas Sr. was not – yet. And who knows if he’ll ever be after all of this.

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    I don’t believe he has ever asked her for money but I’ll bet when she offers it he takes it. Meghan needs to shut him up, am hoping her new ‘fixer’ will step in and do what KP’s PR team failed to and manage/contain the situation. The worm has turned on the nasty half sister, the media is now openly mocking her – she’s apparently ‘supporting’ a racist member of the EDL (far right, racists).

    She really will do just about anything for attention. Just vile.

  7. lucy2 says:


    I don’t know if they have much of a relationship at all, but he’s doing everything he can to ensure she keeps her distance from now on. I’m really glad for her that she has her mother.

  8. Janie says:

    Apparently both her parents have been bankrupt more than once. Wouldn’t once be enough? Being a part time actress on Netflix MM wouldn’t have much excess cash herself. They aren’t that well paid.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Actors can make a lot of money from residuals and syndications. I used to work with professional models and that’s how many of them made decent money – what they get paid for the actual job is peanuts but they can make nice little top ups when the picture is sold on, reused etc..

    • Claudia Remm says:

      Either you give evidence of this bankrupt or you need to be quiet. But you are the one who has been talking about a criminal record of Doria but you don’t have the money to pay to obtain personal information on Meghan’s mother. It would not surprise me if you are the half sibling, cause that woman is everywhere with several accounts spreading her hate.

      • Janie says:

        She’s probably done ok but not made enough to support her parents/father or bail them out. Thats on them.

        Claudia I have no idea what you’re rambling on about.

    • Mel says:

      Part time actress on Netflix?

    • Natalie S. says:

      A part time actress on Netflix?

      Edit: Jinx, @Mel.

    • Janie says:

      Edit: part time actress on Suits which is on Netflix. OFPS!

      • Natalie S. says:

        Isn’t Suits on USA? And how was Meghan part-time?

      • morrigan01 says:

        Meghan was not “part-time” on Suits. She’s been a full cast member of the show since Season 1, Episode 1.

        The show airs on the USA network in the US. Outside of the US, most people have to watch it on Netflix.

        And BTW – Bankruptcy in the US is different than in the UK. What Thomas Sr. and Doria filed Bankruptcy for had to do with a bad business deal on Thomas’ end, and credit card debt on Doria’s. Meghan paid for her mom to go back to school and get her master’s degree in social work. (And her mom went to USC – University of Southern California – to do so, which isn’t cheap).

  9. Avery says:

    Meghan Markle has a reported net worth of approx 5 million dollars. That is NOT broke or pay from being a part time netflix actress.

    • Janie says:

      Thats inflated!

      • Natalie S. says:

        And you know that how?

      • Claire says:

        How do you know her net worth? Because it’s on the internet somewhere? Don’t believe everything you read.

      • Olenna says:

        Her net worth has been estimated at $3.5 to $5M, so maybe it’s inflated, maybe it’s not. However, it appears she brought significantly greater monetary assets to the table than KM and some of the other women who’ve married in to the royal family in the last few decades. Plus, she’ll likely receive residuals from Suits syndication and she may have investments that even TMZ can’t track and disclose.

      • morrigan01 says:

        It’s not. She was making at least $50,000 to $75,000 PER EPISODE. Not to mention endorsement deals she made with things like Reitmans, ON TOP of the money she made from her Lifestyle Blog. (There was an actress who also had a lifestyle blog – not Meghan – who admitted she made more money from her blog at one point than she did from acting).

        If Meghan made good investments with her money and lived a modest life when she was working – and by all accounts, she did – then having 3 to 5 million in the bank isn’t a stretch at all. Plus, she will be paid residual check for all her film and tv work for the rest of her life. So not only did she bring in her own personal money into the marriage, she will still be making money from her acting life until the end of her life.

        The question no one is asking but I want to know is if she’s going to continue paying her SAG dues. I not sure if she has to to keep getting her residual checks. I don’t think she does, but I’m not sure.

  10. Vanessa says:

    Meghan wasn’t a part actress and suits was not on Netflix it’s aired on the USA network Netflix just has the rights to show just like it has the rights to other network shows. Meghan made reports 50,000 dollars per episode for seven years on suits and she has endorse deals with Canada clothing store and her lifestyle blogs so she had a pretty good nest egg. And the Meghan haters are now going after Doria claiming she has more kids and police record and she also filed for bankruptcy twice this people are filled with such jealousy hated for Meghan they are now trying to spread false rumors about Doria

    • Claire says:

      I’m in Canada. Suits was on Netflix. Reitman’s and M parted ways very early on because she had met Harry. It’s a very low end clothing line. I doubt she made much off of that relationsh

      • morrigan01 says:

        Wrong. Meghan had her own *clothing line* for Reitman that ended early because of her relationship with Harry, but she was doing endorsement deals with Reitmans for at least two years before that. And you frankly have no idea how much she did or didn’t make off that relationship.

        Suits was on Netflix in Canada, that’s nice. But the show was American produced and aired on American TV. USA network is owned by NBC/Universal, a major conglomerate here in the US. The entire cast of Suits got a raise when Season 3 of the show started, meaning $50,000 per episode was just her starting base in Season 1.

        It’s amusing to me how people who clearly don’t know anything about the industry are trying to declare things about how much money Meghan made while working in it, as if they are some for of authorities when, by what they say, they are clearly not.

  11. Bella DuPont says:

    An business opportunity being on the lower end of the market does not mean it can’t be stupendously lucrative.

    A lot of people make this mistake.