- Karl Larsen spoke for Insider about his collaboration with Thomas Markle on their YouTube channel.
- Larsen said he wanted to show the real Thomas, but sometimes he had to cut out the things he said.
- Thomas told Insider that he had severed ties with Larsen since the recording of their latest video.
Carl Larsen spoke to Insider about what it was like to work with the Duchess of Sussex’s father Thomas Markle.
A famous photographer is one half of Outstanding Friendship, a YouTube channel he created with Thomas earlier this year where they released videos about pop culture, the royal family and Thomas ’estranged daughter Meghan Markle. The channel had more than 18,000 followers at the time of writing.
Thomas, 77, planned to attend the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June, marking the monarch’s 70th birthday on the British throne. But he was hospitalized after stroke May and missed the celebration while recovering at home. Larsen told Insider that he attended the jubilee with his wife and son, and that he plans to post videos about that experience on YouTube.
After Larsen’s interview with Insider, Thomas told Insider that he had severed ties with Larsen since filming their latest YouTube episodewhich was released live on May 21. Speaking to Insider over the phone, Thomas’ son, Thomas Markle Jr., said he was not happy with Larsen because he was speaking on behalf of his father.
Carl Larsen said he wanted to show the real Thomas Markle – but that he had to throw out some of the things he said
Larsen said they created a YouTube channel to allow people to see the real Thomas.
“Thomas I know is, in a way, that dry sense of humor that appears on our YouTube channel, even though we look awkward together,” Larsen said.
But unlike other interviews Thomas has given in the past, Larsen says, the YouTube channel has allowed him to edit things he regrets saying.
“When he gives online interviews, whether it’s with Piers Morgan or Dan Wootton, he always drills him with questions and then he feels like he always has to answer them,” Larsen said.
“He doesn’t have a filter … There are things that are being said on my channel that I think are inappropriate, that I threw out,” Larsen added.
“But people like Dan Wootton, he won’t say, ‘Oh, Harry is an idiot?’ We have to keep it, “Larsen said, referring to a journalist from the United Kingdom who did interviewed Thomas in the past.
—Dan Wootton (@danwootton) April 26, 2022
Thomas has openly criticized Meghan and Prince Harry in recent years. In a YouTube video posted on April 2, he hit Harry because he did not return to the UK for Commemoration of Prince Philip March, and said most people would have hated the couple had it not been for their PR team.
Larsen told the Insider that he was in the process of co-writing the memoir “Don’t judge a book by its cover; my story with Thomas Markle.” The book, co-written by Timothy Reinhardt, will tell the story of Larsen’s career as a famous photographer, as well as his relationship with Thomas, according to Larsen, who says he is checking out possible publishers.