What Stands Behind Meghan Markle and Samantha Grant's Relationship
It’s no news that the Duchess of Sussex is known to be estranged with some of her family members. Apart from the apparent separation between herself and her father, Thomas Markle, her relationship with her outspoken half-sister, Samantha Grant is one that has attracted media attention over time. As Samantha seems unrelenting in her pursuit of criticizing Meghan, we wonder what happened between the sisters, and what is the possible cause of their feud? Here is the truth about the relationship between Samantha Grant and Meghan Markle. Enjoy!
WHO IS SAMANTHA GRANT?
We all know that Samantha is Markle's half-sister, who is seventeen years older than her. She and her brother, Thomas Jr., are the children of Roslyn, Thomas Markle's first wife. Thomas and Roslyn later separated, and he married Doria Ragland, who is Meghan's mother.
Meghan's mum and dad divorced in 1988 when she was only two years old. Samantha who has been divorced twice, and lives with her partner in Florida has three kids. She is a mental health consultant and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 which eventually led to her using a wheelchair for movement.
WHAT SAMANTHA HAS SAID ABOUT MEGHAN
Samantha is infamous for her criticism of Meghan and even Prince Harry on Twitter.
When the news broke out that Meghan and Harry were in a relationship, she referred to her sister as "not befitting of a Royal Family member.”
In an interview with The Sun, Samantha said:
However, following the engagement of Meghan and Harry, she denied rumors of any feud and described Meghan as lovely, strong, graceful.
"Meghan is narcissistic and selfish. I think the Royal Family would be appalled.”
Even after the royal wedding in 2018, Samantha did not relent in throwing more criticism at Meghan. She has called out Meghan for ignoring her own family as she takes on Royal duties.
Samantha also accused Meghan of ignoring and not keeping in touch with their father, Thomas Markle. She once tweeted.
"Glad you have so much time to gallivant around paying tribute to others while ignoring your own father. How cold can you be and look in the mirror? Harry? I guess I was right."
Unfortunately, Meghan isn't the only one who has been slammed by Samantha. Her husband, Prince Harry, has also been on the receiving end of Samantha’s vile tongue.
"How about you pay tribute to your own father? Enough is enough. If our father dies, it's on you, Meg."
"Harry is a wuss to allow the Duchess of Nonsense to mistreat everyone who has been close to her, especially her family. Diana would be ashamed. Stop wearing Meg's skivvies and bra and take your pants off of her!"
SAMANTHA WAS NOT INVITED TO ANY OF MEGHAN'S WEDDING
Samantha revealed on ITV that she didn't receive an invitation to Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May 2018.
She also noted that she didn't get an invite to Meghan Markle's first wedding, in 2011, either due to her physical limitations.
"I have to say; I'm not taking it personally. It's not just me. None of the family have received invites, nor have Doria's family. So although we don't understand we can only wish them well, I'm not taking it personally nor am I holding that against her."
"No, it was an unspoken thing ... for a beach wedding in Jamaica my wheelchair would have been somewhat in the way, and I really didn't want to bog the fun down, so to speak, so I refrained from making it a big deal."
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THEIR FEUD?
No one really knows why Samantha is up against Meghan. However, she claims that Meghan is the cause.
When asked about why their father and Meghan are estranged, Samantha blamed it on Markle’s personality.
In another interview, Samantha claimed that it was her physical limitations that caused a separation between her and Meghan. She told The Sun,
“He gave her everything and is an incredible dad. Why did she go to her best friend of 30 years, the entire family, Piers Morgan, and why did her staff members quit? I guess everything does something to her. Classic narcissism.”
“I didn’t feel a separation from her until I was in the wheelchair.”
WERE THE SISTERS EVER CLOSE?
With the current feud between Samantha and Meghan, it is easy to assume that they both had a close bond before things went south between both of them. According to Samantha, the siblings were tight before things turned sour. She said:
Samantha also spoke about the last time she was in touch with Meghan, which she said went well. While speaking to ITV about it, she said:
"It was like a gift when Meghan was born because she was so full of life and personality that we became settled as a family, but we became much more lively. We were sort of a little family, not as large as The Brady Bunch, but in our minds, it was a unique, very beautiful, multicultural and interracial family beginning."
While Samantha seems to promote the idea that she once had a strong relationship with Meghan, close friends of the Duchess say otherwise. A friend of Meghan told People Magazine.
"I was concerned about my father, so I called her in Canada. It was really a nice conversation. It was just a matter of catching up. Her last words were—my nickname is "Babe"—so she said, 'I love you, Babe. It was great catching up. Let's keep in touch.' And we left it at that."
Reportedly, in October, Samantha traveled to London in hopes of talking to Meghan, and probably reconciling with her. She was seen handing a letter to one of the guards at Kensington and later apologized to the Duchess, saying:
“They’ve been made to appear as siblings who were very close and then they had this falling out, and that’s not the truth at all. Everyone who knows Meg knows that the two of them have no relationship.”
“Moving forward, I apologize and wish things could be different.”
However, just a few days later, she was back at tearing down her sister.
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IS THERE AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE BEHIND SAMANTHA'S ACTIONS?
It is difficult to believe that Samantha does not have an ulterior motive for continually calling out her sister for various reasons. She once admitted on ‘cashing in’ on the Duchess’ fame on ‘Good Morning Britain.’
“I’ve worked in media most of my life and in broadcasting. So, because my sister is suddenly royal isn’t grounds for me to stop doing all of that. Let’s face it; we all have to survive. Money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine.”
Also, the mother-of-three plans on releasing a book titled, ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.’ She announced to Vanity Fair that the book which would be a two-parter is not going to be an attack on anyone.
“It’s more of a beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life.”
MEGHAN'S FRIENDS COME TO HER DEFENSE
Many of Meghan's friends have been quite worried about their friend; they revealed to People Magazine that Samantha began criticizing the Duchess when she started dating Prince Harry.
“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths … We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby.” “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”
We are not sure if the strained relationship between Samantha and her half-sister, will get better soon, but we are hopeful. What do you think about the field between Samantha and Meghan? Drop your opinion in the comment. Share this article with others who are fans of the Duchess.