Meghan Markle’s Tumultuous Relationship With Her Half-Sister Gives Insight Into Her Life Before Royalty
If you haven’t heard too much about Samantha before, that’s no surprise. As it turns out, the sisters were close when growing up, but have since drifted — and Samantha has supposedly had some less-than-kind words for her half-sibling in recent years. Here’s where their relationship stands now, and where the drama all started in the first place.
Samantha says she ‘helped raise’ her sister
There’s quite an age gap between Samantha and Meghan, which certainly affects their sisterly dynamic. Samantha is 17 years older, and Vanity Fair says she claims to have helped raise Meghan during their younger years in California.
The two of them share the same father, and Samantha’s mother is from a previous marriage, metro.co.uk reports. And the publication also notes the older half-sibling doesn’t have much of a relationship with her mother or brother. In recent interviews, it seems she’s not too close with Meghan anymore, either.
The tabloids have affected the sisters’ relationship
Metro.co.uk says Samantha called Meghan a “shallow social climber” back in 2016. According to the same story, she also hinted at the idea that Meghan treated the family badly. She allegedly said the truth of how Meghan acts would totally “destroy” her current relationship with the prince.
But Samantha insists most of the scathing comments she made were blown up by the press — and it’s hurting their relationship. As she tells Us Weekly, “It’s been such a whirlwind with us and I’m sad she believed some of the other interviews I did where words I never said were taken out of context.”
And no one can forget Samantha’s odd Twitter rant
Perhaps she never really called Meghan a social climber — but according to The Sun, Samantha had it out for her half-sister on Twitter. It all started when Meghan wrote an article highlighting period poverty worldwide for International Women’s Day. Serena Williams tweeted at Meghan to congratulate her for the piece. Then, Samantha replied to the tweet questioning what good Meghan really did to create change.
Perhaps the spat is behind them, but still — this happened in March 2017.
Some reports say her multiple sclerosis diagnosis put a rift between them
As metro.co.uk reports, others have claimed the half-sisters haven’t spoken since Samantha’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis back in 2008. The report also claims Samantha said she didn’t feel separated from Meghan until she was wheelchair bound, but she has since denied saying any of that.
So, what’s the reason behind the sister’s long silence? There’s still no clear answer — though Samantha insists there’s no estrangement. Perhaps it’s simply physical distance between the two that stands in the way.
She’s even writing a memoir about her childhood with Meghan
All the juicy details of Meghan and Samantha’s relationship will ultimately be revealed in Samantha’s memoir. Vanity Fair says the book will be called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. And while the title sounds dramatic, Samantha insists the book isn’t as scornful as it appears.
As Samantha says, this isn’t “some sort of slamming ‘tell-all’.” Instead, she claims she’s going to talk about her family’s dynamics growing up and the “inter-racial evolution of this country through the lens of my life and my family … and how that intersects with this recent event with my sister.”
She’s now showing her support for Meghan and her royal marriage
It seems Samantha is all smiles when discussing the royal wedding. People reports Samantha says Meghan’s relationship isn’t about achieving princess status. Instead, she says Meghan is “very creative, charming, lovely, full of life, very vibrant, she’s never changed.”
As for the marriage itself, Samantha says what’s most important to Meghan is finding someone she can truly connect with. “I don’t think it’s so much who he is in terms of royalty as who he is as a man,” she notes.
Samantha says their father is very excited about the marriage
Us Weekly reports it’s unclear whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan’s father have met — but either way, he was excited about the nuptials. As Samantha says, “just like the statement he released, he is truly happy about their union.” Samantha continues, ” … now my father and I are both so excited because they’ve had a long time to get to know each other and they know what they want to do.”
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