Aftermath of her many media outbursts [read here, read here, read here], Samantha Markle, the estranged half-sister of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has arrived London.
Samantha, in London today, apologised to Meghan and the royal family live on TV, saying: “I wish things could be different.”
She arrived in London last week, and said she was visiting Britain to make personal contact with the royal family and ‘hopefully move forward with peaceful resolve’.
The 53-year-old writer, who was appearing on Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, was not invited to May’s royal wedding and has not spoken to Meghan in years.
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On the show, Mr Vine tackled Samantha on why she had been rude and insulting to Meghan, having called her ‘Cruella de Vil’, ‘Duch-ass’ and the ‘Duchess of Nonsense.’ and she responded, “My father was being purposely ignored. We were hoping that private channels would be used. When they failed we went public.”
Samantha, 53, and Meghan, 37, share the same father- Thomas Markle, 74.
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Samantha added: “The goal at that point wasn’t just getting closer. It was also about bringing out a very important point that you don’t isolate family, you are a humanitarian.”
Vine challenged her: “You want to shame her – that’s what it is.”
Samantha:“The public were making a mockery of the family and it had to stop. Perhaps I was frustrated. I was lashing out more at the media.”
Samantha said she was doubtful of being able to make contact with Meghan while she was visiting the UK. “I was hoping that maybe we would have the chance to speak, that she would know I was here. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
She added that the whole saga could have been ‘nipped in the bud’ had the Markle family been invited to Meghan and the Duke of Sussex’s wedding.
She admitted she should not have used the phrase ‘duch-ass’ – and, when asked if she would apologise, she answered, “To my sister, absolutely, and to Harry as well and the royal family.”
When asked by the presenter if she felt Meghan had frozen her out, she said: “I think that perhaps she was hurt – I felt like she should know better than to believe tabloids. But I think quite frankly, she probably believed what she was seeing as well, and I guess there’s also protocol that you say nothing. So I think that snowballed unfortunately to a lot of hurt feelings on everyone’s part, and I’m hoping that we can have a happy ending.”
On why she was in UK, Samantha said:
“Well, I’ve always wanted to see London, but really I wanted to make the trip and sort of speak the wishes and thoughts and sentiments of my father and hopefully get a message to my sister that things aren’t really what they’ve seen, there’s so much misperception and hopefully, we could clear up record and move forward with peaceful resolve.”
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Asked why Meghan has not been in touch with her father since the royal wedding in May, Samantha replied: “Honestly, I think, well you know, but if you can imagine this media madness has been quite overwhelming. And maybe it’s quite powerful. And so when you take something as powerful as that, that goes around the world at lightning speed, larger than life, whether you say nothing or you say something it’s almost always twisted, we’ve experienced, for negative effect to sell publications. I think it’s been quite hurtful to our family, I can’t imagine how hurtful it’s been to my sister. But so much of reality has been twisted, is unknown and it’s been unfortunate.”
Speaking about how Meghan’s father, Thomas posed for a series of staged photographs, she said: “The logic behind that really is that I became so tired of him being purposely photographed in such a hurtful way, in a disparaging way. You know, you have a right like a business card to defend yourself and have the world and the British royal family see you as you accurately are – don’t lay down and let them disparage you like that. So with regards to the money and this idea of cashing in, he was turning down $50,000 (£38,000) interviews – so clearly money was not the goal, and the small amount of money that he received, £1,500, photographers made the money – not my father. It was never a goal.”
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Asked if she regretted her idea of him posing for the photos, she said:
“I would regret more allowing paparazzi to continue to make him look like a horrible slob and do everything they could to disparage him. It felt really wrong to allow that to continue. Because I love him I said “you cannot let yourself be seen like this, and as a representation of who you are”. That was wrong.”
When asked if her father, Thomas Markle had a heart attack before the royal wedding, Samantha responded:
“He had two actually. One earlier, and I think because of the pressure of the wedding, he really wanted to be there, he had a speech planned – he was really looking forward to it. And the doctors finally said ‘you can’t ignore this’. He was literally working his speech right up to the last minute. He had had one earlier, and really I think like so many men was avoiding some of the signs – the stress, the shortness of breath, pins and needles. He really wasn’t up to par, but because he wanted to be at the wedding, he ignored the signs – even though the doctors said ‘you had a small one earlier’. I think he was in denial, he wanted to be tough and brave it – be able to walk my sister down the aisle.”
When asked if she blamed herself for what happened, she said:
“I don’t see what the other option would be. No matter what, I found that certain publications make you look as bad as they can. And I think it really reflected poorly on everyone. I couldn’t let that continue.”
On Prince Harry, Samantha said:
“He is such a gentleman and so savvy and I would say that Meghan has found her prince. And, as my little sister, and being older, I would think when I get older and when I pass away you wonder will your kids and your younger siblings be left in good hands? Well, I’m thankful she is in very good hands.”
Samantha Markle also took part in a phone-in with members of the public, and was met with a barrage of criticism from callers.
Chris from Kent told Samantha: “All we’ve seen is the hate you’ve spewed against your sister. If you actually love your sister I think this should have been done in private, not on social media, or going on television saying you’re sorry… what you’re doing is not right.”
And Samantha replied:
“Most of what you read in the tabloids is not true… There have been so many times I’ve said, in live interviews, favourable things but they were not printed.”
Lindsay from Leeds declared that Samantha should have been ‘stopped at border control’, adding: “She’s got no relevance to be here.”
However, Victor from London called in to say Samantha was an ‘absolutely lovely lady’ and that should Harry and Meghan have a baby, she should be godmother.
The length of Samantha’s stay in the UK is unknown, but it is thought that she intends to confront Meghan over their father’s ill-health. Meghan is believed to have last seen her father around 2 years ago. The 74-year-old did not attend his daughter’s wedding at Windsor Castle after suffering a heart attack in the lead up to the big day, according to his family. Despite Samantha’s apparent determination to see Meghan, her friends believe the Duchess will not see her half-sister.
Samantha is a writer, a mental health counsellor and a ‘blabbermouth’. She is the half-sister of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex from her father’s 1st marriage. A one-time actress and model, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and uses a wheelchair. Based in Florida, Samantha is 16 years older than Meghan and she is twice-divorced, and has 3 children – Ashleigh, Christopher and Noelle.
Like her father, Samantha once filed for bankruptcy and she is estranged from her mother, Roslyn – Thomas Markle’s first wife – and brother, Thomas Jr.
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