How Much Money is Thomas Markle Sr. Worth?
Following his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s father has been doing a number of interviews in the media and blasting the royal family. His motives for doing so have been questioned a number of times and people are beginning to wonder if he truly doesn’t understand how he’s coming off or if money is the reason he won’t stop talking. Here’s more on Thomas Markle Sr.’s finances and how much he’s reportedly making off his daughter’s fame.
The former actress’ dad has given one scathing interview after another and while one in particular with the Daily Mail was reportedly done without an exchange of cash, that hasn’t been the case with all of them. Markle Sr. admitted himself that he was paid to take paparazzi photos that were staged prior to the royal wedding. However, he claimed that he didn’t do it for money but rather to repair his image because photographers had only snapped unflattering pictures of him.
“They’d take photos of me grabbing a beer, take photos of me getting into my car … they’d take photos of me making me look negative,” he said.
There’s no good excuse though for him talking to the press about his daughter and her husband on several other occasions and accepting payouts for thousands of dollars to do so.
Less than a month after the world watched Meghan marry Prince Harry, Markle Sr. gave an interview to ITV’s Good Morning Britain for a reported $10,000. However, other sites have said the amount was actually much higher.
In addition, Markle Sr. has continued his own personal media tour with TMZ as well as tabloids in Britain for undisclosed amounts. In every interview, he seems more and more bitter when talking about Meghan and her in-laws so it appears at this point that he’s just selling his daughter out.
When Meghan was growing up her father made a living as a lighting director who worked on the sets of popular TV shows such as Married… With Children and General Hospital.
In 1990, he won $750,000 in the California State Lottery. Unfortunately, bad investments later caused him to file for bankruptcy but not before using some of the money to pay for Meghan’s Catholic school tuition.
In 2016, he declared bankruptcy over $30,000. Some of his debts listed included $850 on a Target card, $6,000 on a Citibank card, and around $20,000 on a Discover account.
When it comes to means of income, Markle Sr. said he collects $1,500 per month from a retirement account and another $2,700 in social security. So for one interview, he’s made more than double his entire month’s income but that may have cost him his relationship with his daughter.
Sources said that both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very “frustrated he keeps speaking to the tabloids and taking payment for interviews.”
As for how the rest of the royals feel about the situation, journalist Katie Nicholl said that they have a strategy for dealing with this kind of drama.
“The strategy at Kensington Palace is, ‘Say nothing, don’t dignify these comments, these interviews, these articles with a response,’” she told ET, adding, “the royal family has had more than their fair share of scandals. This won’t faze them.”