Meghan Markle’s family drama surfaces as she embraces royals as the family she ‘never had’

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Meghan Markle’s family drama surfaces as she embraces royals as the family she ‘never had’

In a BBC radio interview this week, Prince Harry talked fondly about his fiancee Meghan Markle’s first Christmas with her future royal in-laws and described her finding in them the family she “never had,” the Daily Mail reported.

Given all the accounts reported over the decades about the drama and dysfunction within the British royal family — including the bitter, high-profile divorce of Harry’s parents Prince Charles and the late Diana — it’s curious to hear the prince describe his relatives as being warm and welcoming enough for his Los Angeles-born bride-to-be to regard them as a safe family haven.

Meghan seemed at ease as she smiled and chatted with Prince Harry while clutching a pair of brown leather gloves in her spare hand
Meghan seemed at ease as she smiled and chatted with Prince Harry while clutching a pair of brown leather gloves in her spare hand

But perhaps even the rich, famous and tradition-bound royal family offers a greater sense of unity and stability than Markle’s U.S. relatives — even with Prince Philip’s reported bullying of a young Charles, the late Princess Margaret’s romantic miseries or Prince Andrew’s alleged dissolute life-style.

It turns out that Prince Harry’s proposition that his beloved has finally found a sense of family in the U.K. has inadvertently revealed some drama and estrangement involving her U.S. relatives. The drama includes an older half-sister who proudly proclaims that she is writing a tell-all book and an older half-brother who’s reportedly been disowned by the family and was arrested a year ago on suspicion of pointing a gun at a woman during a drunken argument.

In referring to the family Markle “never had,” Harry, 33, could have been more specifically talking about his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Harry is said to be close to both William and Kate. He has even talked about Kate being the “big sister he never had.” Perhaps William and Kate also offer Markle, 36, that sense of belonging.

Harry explained how he and Markle stayed at the elegant country home of William and Kate over Christmas. This home is near Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate. Harry said he and Markle loved seeing “the kids” — likely referring to Prince George and Princess Charlotte — running around.

“The family loved having her there,” Harry said, adding that Markle is getting to know his big and “complex” family and their traditions.

“No look, she’s done an absolutely amazing job,” he said. “She’s getting in there and it’s the family I suppose that she’s never had.”

But the idea that Markle is some kind of orphan without family touched off a tiff with at least one of her siblings.

Markle’s half sister Samantha Markle, the one who is writing the tell-all book, took to Twitter to fume against the prince and to say that the actress has “always” had supportive loved ones around her, the Daily Mail reported.

Meghan glowed as she arrived at the church arm-in-arm with her husband-to-be Prince Harry
Meghan glowed as she arrived at the church arm-in-arm with her husband-to-be Prince Harry

“Actually she (Meghan) has a large family who were always there with her and for her,” Samantha Markle, 53, said in one of her tweets that appear to have been deleted but were screen-captured by the Daily Mail.

Samantha Markle also suggested that if there is any kind of estrangement it’s because her younger sister was “too busy” for them, the Daily Mail said.

Samantha Markle is related to the new global celebrity through their father Thomas Markle, 73, who divorced Markle’s mother Doria Ragland in 1987 when Markle was 6 years old. Thomas Markle is also the father of Markle’s older half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr.

The elder Thomas Markle, a former lighting designer for movies and TV shows like “General Hospital,” has reportedly not yet met his daughter’s fiance, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, Markle, the former star of TV’s “Suits” is said to be very close to her mother, a yoga instructor who accompanied her to the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, where Markle and Harry first appeared in public together.

In December 2016, Markle also wrote a powerful essay about embracing her bi-racial identity. She talked about how her father Thomas Markle is white, and her mother is African-American. Markle also mentioned the strength she drew from both parents, and the Daily Mail said she spent a lot of time with both of them when she was growing up.

As much as Samantha Markle rushed to offer an opinion of her half-sister’s supposed experience with family, she is said to have had a difficult and even non-existent relationship with her, according to the Daily Mail.

Samatha Markle, who describes herself as a writer and a mental health counselor based in Florida, acknowledged that she hasn’t spoken much to Markle, 17 years her junior, for about a decade, the Daily Mail said.

Samantha Markle also has been both fawning and critical of the former actress and of her engagement to Harry. In interviews, she described Markle as a “shallow social climber” and claimed she shunned her family since making it in Hollywood, the Daily Mail reported. Meanwhile, Samantha Markle’s tell-all book is called “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister,” though she insisted there won’t be anything “negative” in it.

Pictured are Prince William and Kate Middleton, who proudly wore a tartan coat in a nod to the secret trips she took to Anstruther in Scotland with herPictured are Prince William and Kate Middleton, who proudly wore a tartan coat in a nod to the secret trips she took to Anstruther in Scotland with her then-fiance then-fiance
Pictured are Prince William and Kate Middleton, who proudly wore a tartan coat in a nod to the secret trips she took to Anstruther in Scotland with her then-fiance

She’s also been promoting her book on her social media, as recently as Christmas Day:

Samantha Markle’s tweets also hint at more drama in the Markle family, including her assertion that the family has disowned Markle’s older half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr.

The 51-year-old brother, who lives in Grants Pass, Oregon, is another Markle relative who has given at least one free-wheeling interview since his sister’s name surfaced as Harry’s future bride.

In a conversation in November with the Daily Mail, Markle Jr. claimed that Markle’s path to TV stardom and international fame was helped by their father winning $750,000 in a lottery when she was 9. That windfall helped the aspiring actress pursue her dreams with the “laser focus” that has taken her to the top, he said.

“That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training,” said Markle Jr., who told the Daily Mail he works as a window fitter and lives in a modest rental house. One of the good schools Markle attended is Northwestern University, outside Chicago, which is known for its top-ranked programs in theater and radio, TV and film.

Markle Jr. added that she was “always the family’s princess but now she’s going to be a real princess and I couldn’t be more proud.”

In tweets, Samantha Markle disputed the lottery story and called her brother “a compulsive liar” and said he has mental health issues and a drinking problem.

The British tabloid The Sun also reported that Markle Jr. was arrested in January 2017 on suspicion of holding a gun to a woman’s head during a drunken argument. He was later charged with menacing, pointing a firearm at another person, and unlawful use of a weapon, the Sun said. He has since apologized and said he is “seeking help.”

If there is anything that Samantha Markle and her brother seem to agree on it is their view that their younger half-sister always had a family who loved and supported her.

In response to Harry’s depiction of Markle’s lack of family, Samantha Markle said in one of her since-deleted tweets: “Our household was very normal and when dad and Doria divorced, we all made it so it was like she had two houses.”

Earlier in the day, those who stayed over at Sandringham will have enjoyed a full English breakfast Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Earlier in the day, those who stayed over at Sandringham will have enjoyed a full English breakfast Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“No one was estranged, she was just too busy,” she said.

She added that the glue that has held their family together was their “amazing completely, self-sacrificing father.”

If Markle’s father has not yet met his future son-in-law, there were reports that Harry had called him to ask for permission to marry his daughter. The father also told a British tabloid, which tracked him down in a town in Mexico, that he would “love” to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Harry and Markle are set to marry May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Markle Sr. added that he’s “very pleased” about the engagement. But unlike his children, he begged off saying more about his daughter and the amazing turn her life has taken. He said, “I’m sorry. You know I can’t talk.”

Source: mercurynews com

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