British Tabloid Paid More Than $2,000 for Private Information About Meghan Markle
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The British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, allegedly hired and paid a private investigator more than $2,000 to obtain personal information on Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s, when she and Prince Harry began dating in 2016.
The New York Times reported that The Sun’s New York-based Editor, James Beal, sought help from retired Los Angeles private investigator Daniel Portley-Hanks.
The Sun obtained Markle’s and her family’s private information, including phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers and much more.
Portley-Hanks is well known for his investigative work, and more specifically, for the high-profile information he obtains.
The British tabloid produced an assortment of gossip stories and even included an interview with Markle’s estranged half-sister Samantha, who called her a “social climber” and “shallow.”
Samantha also claimed that the Duchess of Sussex had her eyes set on becoming a part of the royal family long before she began dating Prince Harry.
“It was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV,” Samantha said in an interview with The Sun. “She always preferred Harry — she has a soft spot for gingers.”
Portley-Hanks told The New York Times he “strongly believe[s] that James Beal knew that what I was providing him was obtained illegally.”
Prince Harry and Meghan shared their negative experiences with the British press in a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.