Meghan Markle‘s father, Thomas, has admitted using cocaine in the past.
“In the industry I worked in back in the ’70s and ’80s there was cocaine around a lot. And I’m sure that I had an occasional sniff of cocaine,” Thomas, 74, told The National Enquirer (via The Sun).
While Thomas confessed to cocaine use, he denied ever paying prostitutes for sex.
“Have I ever paid for a sex worker? Uh, there was a Playboy Club in the top floor of the Philippines [but] I never paid for sex,” he reportedly told the tabloid.
“I would go upstairs and enjoy myself in the Playboy Club, but not … not for sex. I didn’t get sex out of it.”
A source close to Thomas, a former Hollywood lighting director, told The Mirror that his drug use never got in the way of his love for his now-famous daughter.
“Cocaine was rife in the industry,” the source said. “It was a tough business, very tough. Tom endured long unsociable hours. He was at the very top of his game, and the demands on him were great. A lot of people on set took coke not just for recreational purposes but to keep them alert and allow them to work long hours. Tom was no different. Him saying he took the occasional sniff is conservative at best.”
The source added, “What I will say, though, is it never affected his care and love of Meghan. She was the most powerful drug he knew. He was addicted to her. Every hour he could spend with away from work he did.”
However, Thomas later denied the National Enquirer interview ever occurred, Radar Online reported.
“He lied to me! He cheated me! He’s a thief, a liar and a coward,” Thomas fumed.
“If he ever comes down here, I’ll break his f—king legs! And you can quote me on that!”
It wouldn’t be the first time Thomas humiliated the Duchess of Sussex in the press.
Meghan has been estranged from her father ever since he was busted staging paparazzi photos ahead of her royal wedding to Prince Harry in May.
Thomas also admitted lying to and hanging up on Prince Harry about his staged photo debacle.
Her half-sister, Samantha Markle, later said the shoot was her idea.
Meghan reportedly requested that Thomas stop speaking to Samantha about her life with the royals.
Samantha previously admitted selling stories about Meghan to the press, though she recently publicly apologized to the former “Suits” star for her actions.
As a result of the ongoing Markle family feud, only Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
Thomas claimed to have suffered a heart attack just days before the ceremony.
He also previously said that since his first press rounds, Meghan’s phone number has been changed and he no longer knows how to contact her.
“The liaison for the royal family never answers back,” he said. “My message [to Meghan] would be, ‘I love you, I miss you, I’m sorry for anything that went wrong’ … I want to be her child’s grandfather. I want to be near them. I want to be part of her life.”
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