Meghan Markle told Oprah that her father lied to her about working with the British tabloids.
Thomas Markle Sr. staged paparazzi photos ahead of Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding.
Meghan said the British press held stories about her dad until her wedding week to "create drama."
Meghan Markle said that her father, Thomas Markle Sr., lied to her about working with the British tabloids.
On Monday, "CBS This Morning" shared exclusive new clips from Prince Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah, which aired on Sunday night.
In one of the new clips, the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that tabloids spent a year trying to find her dad, going as far as to "offer people money to try to find his address," as the duchess put it.
Thomas was first spotted by The Mirror in Mexico in December 2017, as Insider's Callie Ahlgrim previously reported.
Once they located her father, Meghan said members of the press moved into apartments "next door" and "across from him" and began giving him gifts.
Thomas' relationship with the British press came to a head the week of Meghan's wedding, as TMZ reported that he had staged paparazzi photos for money and wouldn't be attending his daughter's wedding on May 14, 2018.
Thomas confirmed he wouldn't be coming to the wedding on May 18 in an official statement.
In Sunday's interview, the duchess told Oprah that the British press had known for a month that her father wouldn't be coming to the wedding, but that outlets chose to hold the story until just a few days before her wedding "because they wanted to create drama," in Meghan's opinion.
"They don't report the news. They create the news," Meghan said of the British press.
She then told Oprah that she asked her father if he had been working with the tabloids the week of her wedding, offering him help from The Firm, the institutions surrounding the royal family, to "kill the story" if he had been giving tabloids information.
"'I just need you to tell me,'" Meghan said she told her father. "'And if you tell me the truth, we can help.' And he wasn't able to do that."
Thomas told his daughter he wasn't working with them, lying to her.
"That, for me, has really resonated, especially now as a mother," Meghan said of her father's lie. "I look at Archie and I think about this child, and I genuinely can't imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child. I can't imagine it. So it's hard for me to reconcile that."
Oprah also asked Meghan if she blamed the tabloids or her father for what happened, to which Meghan said "everyone has accountability."
"Look, they've hunted my mom down," she said. "You've never heard her say a word. She's remained in silent dignity for four years."
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