Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, said she was ‘absolutely gobsmacked’. Thomas Markle reportedly staged paparazzi photos: ‘That’s not being a father’ –

Doria Ragland in the Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan.”Netflix

  • Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, appears in the Netflix documentary series “Harry & Meghan.”

  • He criticized Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, for allegedly staging paparazzi photos.

  • Ragland said she was “absolutely shocked that Tom became a part of this circus.”

Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, spoke out against her ex-husband’s paparazzi controversy on Netflix’s “Harry & Meghan.”

On Thursday, Netflix released Volume I of the docuseries about prince harry Y meghan markle’s relationship and experience as senior members of the royal family.

In episode three, Meghan, Harry and Ragland talked about Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, who accepted money to pose for paparazzi photos in May 2018 before the couple’s wedding, according to a daily mail report at the time.

Ragland said she was “absolutely shocked that Tom became a part of this circus.”

“It saddened me that the media picked up on this,” he said. “That he would capitalize on. Certainly as a father he’s not… that’s not what you do. That’s not being a parent.”

Ragland and Thomas were married from 1979 to 1987 and divorced when Meghan was 6, according to us weekly.

Thomas Markle, Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle.Netflix

“It’s amazing what people do when offered a large amount of money,” Harry said in the docuseries. “Fifty thousand, one hundred thousand, to deliver photographs, to create a story.”

In episode three of the series, Harry and Meghan opened up about how they dealt with the photo controversy in the lead up to their wedding. They said they learned from their communications team that TMZ would be running a story the next day saying that Thomas posed for the photos.

Meghan said she called her father to ask if the story was true and Thomas denied the allegations. According to Meghan, Thomas refused her and Harry’s help in getting him out of Mexico, where he lived, before the media began invading his home.

“I was like, ‘We’ll just come get you a day early, we’ll get you out of Mexico.’ And he told me: ‘No, no, I have things to do.’ And he felt really cautious,” Meghan said. “I was like, ‘It doesn’t make sense.’ And when we hung up, I looked at H and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I don’t believe him.

Meghan said she called her father more than 20 times when reports of the staged photos surfaced days before their wedding. But she said he never returned any of her calls.

Meghan learned that she would not be attending the wedding and that she had a heart attack through the tabloids, she said in the series.

Thomas Markle appeared in a new Channel 5 documentary on Wednesday 5

Meghan and Harry also said they feared Thomas’ phone had been “compromised” after receiving a strange text from him. The alleged text, shown in the series, read: “I have done nothing to hurt you, Meghan, or anyone else. I don’t know anything about 20 phone calls. Sorry, my heart attack. Is there any inconvenience for you ? [sic].”

“It was really weird, you know how people text right?” Meghan said about the text. “My dad used a lot of emojis and ellipses and period, period, period, and this was the complete opposite. And he called me Meghan. I was like, ‘He’s never called me Meghan any day that he’s lived on this planet. Meg, all my friends call me Meg and my parents call me Meg.”

Thomas did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

As for Meghan’s mother, Ragland said on the series that she chose not to get involved with the paparazzi.

“I was being harassed by the paparazzi,” Ragland said. “Once, I stopped. And so [a photographer] he came up to me and said, ‘You know, I was just trying to get a story. You know you could get a lot of money for this.’”

“And I just looked at him and said, ‘This is my son. I have nothing to say,’” he said of the interaction, shaking his head.

Volume II of “Harry & Meghan” opens on December 15.

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