The Just Jared site went further this morning: under the headline “Simon Rex Was Offered $70,000 to Lie About Meghan Markle & Their Relationship”, they tell “Simon Rex says that several British tabloids contacted him and offered him large sums of money to lie about his relationship with Meghan Markle … The 45-year-old actor says that he never actually dated Meghan, but they ‘hung out’ and went on one lunch date”. There was more.
“‘Nothing happened. We never even kissed. We hung out once in a very non-datey way’, Simon said on the Hollywood Raw podcast. ‘She was just someone I had met on a TV show and we got lunch. That was the extent of it … When that story broke, a couple British tabloids offered to pay me a lot of money to say a lie that we actually hooked up. I said no to a lot of money because I didn’t feel right lying and f–king up the royal f–king family.’”
One reason the tabloids may be reticent to report that item is that they had already inflated the relationship between the Duchess and Rex beyond the point of viability. Both the Murdoch Sun, and the Daily Mail which lifted the Sun’s story, claimed that the Rex and the Duchess had “snogged”. The Sun claimed to have had an exclusive chat with Rex. But after what he said to Hollywood Raw, it looks increasingly like it was all made up.
Simon Rex - not short of $70,000
And guess what? Hollywood Raw podcast comes out last Monday, and by Wednesday the Sun is telling readers “Meghan and Harry ‘still desperately hoping to visit Queen at Balmoral’ despite coronavirus outbreak”. The following day, the Daily Mail’s alleged “Royal diarist” Richard Kay pompously blustered “Harry and Meghan's preachy post showed a fundamental misunderstanding of the Royal Family's mystique”.
His condemnation of the Sussex’ Instagram post managed to summon up all of two social media critics. That, though, together with the Sun, tells me which way my Occam’s Razor should be pointing right now, as to who attempted to bung Simon Rex $70,000.
The tabloids are still sour as hell at losing the Duchess. And it’s still not their fault.
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