Thomas Markle Now Hosting Show With Photographer Who Targets Meghan, Doria

Thomas Markle is sharing a YouTube channel with a press photographer who checked out the house next door to Meghan Markle's mother—even after his own past run-ins with the paparazzi.

Karl Larsen took a widely circulated set of photographs of Meghan and Prince Harry at the polo on Saturday.

He also runs a critical YouTube channel about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with his co-host—Meghan's father Thomas Markle.

And Larsen visited the house next door to Meghan's mother Doria when it was up for sale, touring the backyard where he suggested he could hear children playing.

Larsen told Newsweek he did not intend to suggest the children were the Sussex children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, and was only joking.

However, the saga has echoes of Thomas Markle's own experiences with the paparazzi in the run-up to Meghan and Harry's royal wedding in 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in her March 2021 tell-all: "They moved into the apartment next door and across from him."

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Meghan Markle (M) Thomas Markle (L) Doria Ragland (R). getty/youtube/Remarkable Friendship

Thomas Markle Told to Buy House Next to Meghan's Mother

Thomas Markle suggested Meghan and Harry may have left their children at home during their visit to the polo.

Larsen replied: "'Or they were at Doria's house because I have some news to tell you about Doria's house. I was just driving by and I noticed that the house next door to Doria was not only for sale for $1.5 million, but they were also having an open house when I drove by.

"'And I thought about you and I, that we could go in together and buy the house next to Doria and we could do our show from L.A. instead of here, and then that way you would be closer to your grandkids.'"

He added: "They [the neighbors] have a Jacuzzi in the backyard and I could hear kids playing. I could hear kids playing, there were no kids in the yard I was at, but I could hear kids playing."

Larsen told Newsweek: "I was actually making fun. I didn't hear them [Archie and Lilibet]. I said I heard kids' noises. To be honest with you, I don't want to start the rumor any further than it is. It was to make the show interesting actually."

In relation, to his photos of Meghan at the polo, Larsen told Newsweek: "The polo match was a public event. Everyone was allowed to take pictures but no one came to take pictures. I wouldn't have put my name on the photo if it was dodgy at all."

Thomas Markle's Experience With Intrusive Paparazzi

Meghan described Thomas' experiences with the paparazzi in her CBS tell-all: "There was such an obsession about anything in my world, including tracking down my parents. And I did everything I could to protect both of them in that media frenzy.

"But for over a year, the U.K. tabloids were trying to find my dad, offering people so much money to try to find his address.

"Once they did, I remember being told there was a huge headline like 'We found him' or 'We've got him.' You're talking about someone's father.

"And from that point, the tabloids, they moved into the apartment next door and across from him, descended on this small town, which is giving him gifts."

Thomas Markle told Good Morning Britain in June 2018 how the paparazzi photographed him in a "derogatory" light: "They'd take pictures of my hand grabbing a beer; they'd take pictures of me getting in my car, taking the garbage out, they'd take pictures of me buying a toilet, making a big deal out of it.

"They'd take all kinds of pictures of me, making me look negative."

Thomas appeared uncomfortable in the segment with Larsen and poked holes in the plan to buy the house next to Doria before changing the subject.

However, Larsen told Newsweek the plan would have gone ahead if Meghan's father had agreed to it: "That's half of a joke. I said it would be great, we could open up [a] bed and breakfast and have people that love our YouTube channel come and stay with us. I'm an entrepreneur, so... But of course, I was joking but yet if he was full force that wanted to do it, then it would happen."

Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland
Doria Ragland arrives at St George's Chapel for daughter Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. Meghan is pictured at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, on April 17, 2022. Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images and Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Doria Ragland's Paparazzi Experiences

Meghan's mother does not give interviews and is unlikely to ever go on record to describe her own feelings at the fact a press photographer friend of her ex-husband's was inside the house next door to her own.

However, Meghan described Doria's experiences with the paparazzi in an email to former Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf in November 2018.

She wrote: "I hope all is well—I meant to reach out this weekend to set a time to speak this week, but woke up to some sobering texts from my mom saying she feels unsafe."

She added that she wanted to meet Knauf to discuss "a few things" and "most importantly figure out some sort of action plan to ensure my mom's safety from the egregious paps."

The message was made public through Meghan's lawsuit against U.K. newspaper The Mail on Sunday in November 2021.

She added in a witness statement to the court: "These [concerns] were triggered by the fact that paparazzi had been chasing her, stalking her at her home and work, and endangering her safety while she was driving."

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