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Every Way Samantha Grant Is Making Money Off Her Royal Sister Meghan Markle’s Fame
Sibling rivalry is nothing new, but Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Grant is taking it to a whole other level. The 53-year-old admitted to “cashing in” on her royal sibling’s fame in a July 23 appearance on Good Morning Britain.
“I’ve worked in media most of my life and in broadcasting,” Grant said. “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,” Grant said.
“But I think no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the royals and as a family we’re not subject to royal protocol, certainly here in America,” she added. “If you want to call it cashing in, I think that’s a little bit ridiculous.”
Grant clearly has no shame about attempting to ride her sister’s coattails to fame. (Grant and Markle share the same father, 74-year-old Thomas Markle.) So, how exactly is she making money off of her royal connections? Let’s count the ways.
Celebrity Big Brother
Rumor has it that Grant will be a housemate on the U.K. version of Celebrity Big Brother. Though her role on the reality TV show hasn’t been confirmed, she hinted she’d be appearing during an interview with Inside Edition, saying “You take opportunities as they arise.” Grant could make six figures for doing the show, Cosmopolitan reported, which is set to start filming on August 17.
Other guests on the upcoming season of the show, which is being themed as “The Eye of the Storm,” could include Bad Girls Club star Mehgan James, Dan Osborne of The Only Way Is Essex, and British model and kidnap victim Chloe Ayling, according to Deadline.
A tell-all book
Even before Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, Grant was trying to capitalize on her half-sister’s growing fame. In 2017, she revealed she was writing a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. Despite the eyebrow-raising title, Grant claims the book will explore “the beautiful nuances of our lives, our family home.”
No publication date has been announced for the memoir, though Grant has said she’s also interested in selling the book rights so it can be turned into a film or TV series.
Staged paparazzi photos
Days before the royal wedding, paparazzi photos hit the internet that seemed to show Meghan Markle’s father preparing for his daughter’s wedding by reading a book about Britain in a coffee shop and being measured for a suit. But it quickly came out that the pictures had been faked, and Markle had willingly posed for the snaps.
The photos were sold for as much as $135,000, the Daily Mail reported. Grant later said the staged photos were her idea, though she claimed in a tweet “It was not for money.”
Grant may have received compensation for the various interviews she’s given to various media outlets. Grant’s partner, Mark Phillips, told the Daily Mail she was paid five figures for an exclusive TV interview on the day of royal wedding. She also asked for $1,500 for a phone interview with a radio show, though she noted her minimum is “much higher.” The Domenick Nati Show declined to pay the fee.
Meanwhile, Thomas Markle earned more than $9,000 for an appearance on Good Morning Britain, during which he revealed his feelings about not attending his daughter’s wedding, Evening Standard reported.