Meghan Markle's former co-star reveals he 'framed' the letter she sent him after he refused to lie about their relationship

Simon Rex was offered $70,000 to say he had sexual relations with the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle's ex co-star 'framed'
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A US actor has admitted that he 'framed' Meghan Markle's handwritten letter thanking him for refusing to lie about their relationship in the press. 

A US actor has revealed that he 'framed' a handwritten letter sent to him by the Duchess of Sussex after he declined to spread false rumors about her in the media. 

Simon Rex, who appeared alongside Meghan Markle in an episode of the 2005 sitcom Cuts, confirmed on Friday that he refused a substantial payment to lie about his relationship with the retired actress.  

Simon Rex

Simon Rex refused to lie about his relationship with Meghan Markle to the UK press 

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Freelance writer R.S. Locke reported on Twitter on 13 March that the UK tabloids offered the Red Rocket star $70k to say he had slept with the Duchess, but their "off-screen interactions never got further than one platonic lunch." 

The tweet also included a quote from Rex's recent interview with the Guardian, in which he said, "I was broke as f**k! I really needed the money. But I’ll be on food stamps before I do that." 

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When Meghan discovered he'd rejected the bribe, she sent the 47-year-old a thank you letter. According to Rex, the Duchess wrote that "It’s nice to know there are still good people" in the sweet note. 

Rex reshared Locke's tweet, commenting, "This is true. I framed the thank you letter she wrote me."

The What I Like About You star also said that the Duchess "has very nice penmanship"—a piece of trivia that shouldn't come as a surprise to devout royal fans. Meghan Markle wowed Larry King after revealing that she used to do calligraphy as a side hustle, after realizing how lucrative the talent could be. 

The former Suits star has also demonstrated her longhand skills during solemn occasions, sending a thoughtful wreath with a handwritten note to mark Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021. She has previously called the practice of cursive 'one of those lost arts', hailing it as its "own advertisement because one person sees a place card and says ‘Who wrote that?’"

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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