Samantha Markle had faced claims she was on a list compiled by cops of ‘fixated people’ considered a danger to the royal family
She hired lawyers in London to demand the Metropolitan Police – who guard the royals – hand over any information they held on her and was told there is none
Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister who lives in Gloucester, Virginia, tells DailyMailTV: ‘I’m pretty sure my sister knows that I’m not fixated’
She added: ‘It was a horrible PR strategy – people have to be responsible and accountable. People can’t get away with starting rumors like that’
The Metropolitan Police told Samantha in a letter that it had scoured files at the special center for monitoring stalkers and there was nothing on her
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, has started maternity leave from royal duties ahead of giving birth to her first child with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sister has won a battle to prove she is not on a list of ‘fixated’ people who police believe are a potential danger to the Duchess of Sussex and the British royal family.
Samantha Markle, 54, of Gloucester, Virginia, told DailyMailTV she has taken legal action in London to prove that cops guarding the Duchess of Sussex make no mention of her in their files – including on a ‘fixated person list.’
She told DailyMailTV that she feared the original claim that she was a danger to Meghan was was part of a ‘horrible PR strategy’ to silence her because of her past criticism of her sister.
Samantha revealed she had hired lawyers in London to order the Metropolitan Police, which is responsible for guarding Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, to detail everything they keep on file about her.
They responded by saying that they held nothing on her and that there is no ‘list’ of fixated people maintained by its special unit dealing with threats to the royal family and politicians, which is called the Fixated Threat Assessment Center (FTAC).
‘Now that I know there is no such thing as that list, I feel relieved. I’m pretty sure my sister knows that I’m not fixated,’ Samantha told DailyMailTV.
‘But I also know that she would prefer that everyone in the family be quiet – that’s ridiculous because the media talks about us collectively and individually.
‘I absolutely have a say where it comes to setting the record straight.’
The claim she was on the list came from a police source who told The Sunday Times of London last December that Meghan’s own police guards had briefed the FTAC on Samantha.
‘You can’t protect someone like the Duchess of Sussex without knowing the background of her family. There is big potential for some major embarrassment for the royals,’ the source said.
But the Duchess’ sister tells DailyMailTV: ‘Any suggestion that I am fixated on my sister is crazy. Stalkers and fixated people track individuals and harass them every day, constantly show up at their doors and are mentally unstable.
‘She is my half-sister, I am not some strange stepsister and most of what I’ve said in the media has been in defense of our dad.’
Samantha says she was left shocked and angry by claims she is obsessed with the Duchess of Sussex and denied that she is any sort of threat to either Meghan or Harry.
She said: ‘It was a horrible thing to do. It was a horrible PR strategy – people have to be responsible and accountable.
‘When they’re not telling the truth, people’s lives can be destroyed. People can’t get away with starting rumors like that.’
Samantha has long been one of the most outspoken members of the Markle clan – repeatedly intervening to beg the eight-months-pregnant Duchess to contact their father.
The sisters, who were born 17 years apart, have not spoken since 2008 and have had a rocky relationship, with Samantha initially branding her sister ‘a social climber’ and later a ‘Duch-a**’ on social media.
Kensington Palace has recently taken action to counter social media abuse of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex and has said that anyone posting vitriolic comments on the royal Instagram and Twitter pages could be reported to police.
Wheelchair-bound Samantha has since claimed the social climber comment was ‘taken out of context’ and said she is entitled to speak out as she sees fit – but still loves her sister and hopes to reconcile with her one day.
In October, she visited Kensington Palace while traveling in Europe and hand-delivered a letter begging Meghan to get in touch with the family – in particular, 74-year-old Thomas Markle Sr.
Two months later, a story published in a UK paper claimed Scotland Yard had placed her on a ‘fixated person list’ because of the ‘reputational risk’ she allegedly posed to the Royal Family.
A source quoted by the Sunday broadsheet said: ‘You can’t protect someone like the Duchess of Sussex without knowing the background of her family.
‘But someone like Samantha presents a risk rather than a threat. She is not committing criminal offences, but she is causing concerns for the royal family.
‘There is big potential for some major embarrassment for the royals. Samantha could make a scene and create headlines with her actions — and let’s face it she’s kind of already done that.’
Samantha says she was so shocked by the story, she immediately had her lawyers submit a Subject Access Request, which allows individuals to see information held on them by the UK police.
A response received earlier this month said neither the Metropolitan Police nor the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre are holding any information on Samantha.
A second letter, detailing the response to a request lodged by Samantha’s lawyers using British freedom of information laws also denied the existence of a fixated person list.
It added: ‘Searches were conducted at Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) Command, in particular the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC).
‘The searches failed to locate any information relevant to your request. FTAC have advised that there is no Fixated Person List. This has never existed and will never exist.
‘The unit manages individual cases and have never supplied any arbitrary list to any policing team, or other department.
‘They respond to specific requests only, with responses that are both proportionate and relevant from a policing perspective.’
Samantha says she doesn’t blame pregnant Meghan for the story and still hopes to be reunited with her younger sister in future.
She said: ‘I don’t blame my sister for not interacting [with the family] because she has perhaps been too busy and she has a lot going on in her life.
‘We have extended an olive branch to her and it has not been reciprocated so far but let’s wait and see what happens.
‘If she did reciprocate and extend an olive branch, that would be wonderful and that’s what good humanitarians and diplomats do – especially with family.
‘I think we can all be better people and work towards a better future. But it takes effort on the part of everyone for it to come to fruition.’
Scotland Yard and Kensington Palace have been approached for comment by DailyMailTV.
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