When news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from their royal duties broke, people were shocked.
Markle specifically faced a great deal of scrutiny from British tabloids, specifically in regards to her relationship with her father and her romantic history with other men — but the full extent of the pressure she dealt with is still coming to light.
Simon Rex, who worked with Markle on a television show called “Cuts” in 2005, says a tabloid offered to pay him to lie and say he dated the Duchess of Sussex.
The 45-year-old actor has been labeled as one of Markle’s ex-boyfriends in the past, but he dispelled those rumors
“Nothing happened. We never even kissed. It was just like, we hung out once in a very non-datey way,” Rex said on the Hollywood Raw podcast. “She was just someone I had met on a TV show and, like, we got lunch. That was the extent of it.”
Some news outlets didn’t want to buy that it was just lunch, it seems.
“The tabloids … offered to pay me a lot of money to say a lie that we actually hooked up,” Rex said. “And dude. I said no to a lot of money because I didn’t feel right lying and f*cking up the royal f*cking family.”
Rex added he believes the amount was $70,000 — not enough to cause her loved ones any further pain.
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