Royal Family: Does Samantha Grant Have An Unhealthy Obsession With Meghan Markle?
It’s nearly impossible to open up an internet browser or tune in to the news without seeing Samantha Grant. Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first made their relationship public, the former Suits actress’s half-sister Samantha has been making headlines. When she’s not trashing the Duchess of Sussex for not inviting her to the royal wedding, Grant is calling new royal Meghan a social climber who’s only pretending to be in love with Prince Harry. Or she’s making TV appearances where she scowls into the camera and insists she adores Meghan and the press is putting words into her mouth. Now, Grant is reportedly being set to appear in the British version of “Celebrity Big Brother” — where she will no doubt bash on Meghan and the royal family some more.
It’s hard not to wonder: Does Samantha Grant have an unhealthy obsession with her half-sister?
On the surface, it appears Grant is just hungry for attention. She is constantly pushing herself into the spotlight, slamming the royal nuptials and insisting Prince Harry made a mistake in choosing Meghan as his wife. (Heck, she supposedly was behind Meghan’s father posing for those staged paparazzi photos ahead of the wedding!) Even with the royal wedding well in the rearview mirror — and her attempts to crash it failed — Grant continues to make the rounds giving interviews and trying to keep herself relevant.
But this behavior goes beyond Grant wanting to cash in on her half-sister’s fame. Grant’s actions may be a manifestation of sibling rivalry that has been brewing for decades. “Samantha has been dogging (Meghan) for the last 20 years,” Grant’s mother, Roslyn, told the Daily Mail back in December 2016. Roslyn’s son Bobby Lucero, another one of Grant’s half-siblings, echoed these comments. “Ever since I can remember, (Samantha’s) had nothing good to say about Meghan,” he said.
This kind of rivalry, author Karen Doherty tells The Mail, can create an unhealthy level of envy in adult siblings. “Sibling envy is like a festering wound,” she explains, “and it sours our relationships to the point where we can’t bear the idea of our siblings being successful, or even happy, and instead take pleasure in their failures.”
Psychology Today agrees that rivalry can turn into envy in adult siblings, and adds that sibling envy may be a reflection of inner struggles with confidence. “If someone is envious of what you have accomplished, that says a lot about their own self-esteem and sense of accomplishment,” they explain.
This certainly sounds like Samantha Grant, who has gone to great lengths to ruin Meghan Markle’s reputation. ‘There’s always going to be a little bit of jealousy between siblings, which is a normal part of human nature,” Doherty continues, “but when that turns into envy it brings out the absolute worst in people.” And in this case, “the worst” is Grant’s constant Twitter rants, claims she’s writing a tell-all book, and need to tell lies in order to make the Duchess of Sussex look bad.
So how’s Meghan supposed to deal with her half-sister’s unhealthy case of sibling envy? Psychology Today suggests limiting contact with a toxic sibling. “The best way to end a fight is often to refuse to engage in the first place,” they say. Which is exactly what Meghan and the royal family have been doing — taking the high road, so to speak. “The strategy at Kensington Palace, I understand, is, ‘Say nothing, don’t dignify these comments, these interviews, these articles with a response,'” royal expert Katie Nicholl tells ET. “I think Meghan’s strategy is to ride out the storm.”
It’s anyone’s guess, however, how long Samantha Grant and her storm of sibling envy towards Meghan will last.
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