• Simon Rex claimed a British tabloid offered him $70,000 to lie about hooking up with Meghan Markle 
  • He said the duchess wrote him a thank-you note after hearing that he turned down the offer
  • The actor shared that he was "broke" when the tabloid approached him but was adamant about not spreading false rumors

Meghan Markle appreciated the loyalty shown by her "Cuts" co-star Simon Rex when he turned down an alleged bribe to lie about dating her.

During a recent interview with The Guardian, the 47-year-old actor — who won a 2022 Independent Spirit Award for his performance in "Red Rocket" — shared more details about his alleged encounter with a British tabloid that offered him tens of thousands of dollars to fabricate a relationship with the Duchess of Sussex, 40.

Rex revealed that Markle wrote him a thank-you note after hearing that he refused to lie about her.

"She said: 'It's nice to know there are still good people,'" the actor said of the letter, which is now framed at his home in Joshua Tree, California.

Rex admitted that he was "broke as f–k" when the tabloid allegedly approached him, but he was adamant about not spreading false rumors.

"I really needed the money," he explained. "But I'll be on food stamps before I do that."

Rex, who co-starred with Markle in the TV series "Cuts" in 2005, previously opened up about his alleged encounter with the British press in a 2020 interview, claiming that he was offered as much as $70,000 to lie and say he had "hooked up" with the Duchess of Sussex prior to her relationship with now-husband Prince Harry.

"Nothing happened. We never even kissed,” the "Scary Movie 3" star said on the "Hollywood Raw" podcast in March 2020. “It was just, like, we hung out once in a very non-datey way. She was just someone I had met on a TV show and we got lunch. That was the extent of it."

Rex said he refused the offer because he didn't "feel right lying" when it came to the royal family.

In her interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Markle opened up about how her mental health took a turn when the British press started to release false and negative headlines about her.

"I just didn't see a solution. I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don't understand how all of this is being churned out," she was quoted as saying by Us Weekly. "I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing. I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he's suffered. … I just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought."

Markle also claimed in the interview that the institution of the royal family did not get her the help she needed when she was struggling because "it wouldn't be good" for the monarchy.

Prince Harry told James Corden when he appeared on "The Late Late Show" last year that he and his wife made the decision to step back from their royal roles and move to California partly because of the British press and how the negative attention was affecting their mental health.

"It was a really difficult environment as a lot of people saw. We all know what the British press can be like. And it was destroying my mental health. I was like, 'This is toxic,'" Prince Harry said, adding that he "did what any husband [or] father would do," which was to take his family away.

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Simon Rex rocked green hair as part of his costume. Michael Bejzain / Getty Images