Entertainment Meghan Markle's sister says royal-to-be should help family

14:42  05 february  2018
14:42  05 february  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Every family has their quirks, even royal - to - be Meghan Markle ' s . I met Samantha Grant, or Samantha Markle , as she now prefers to be called, last month in Florida. She welcomed me into her home in Ocala, a one and a half hour’s drive from Orlando.

Meghan Markle ' s terrible half- sister has spokenout once again. She's here to trash the Royal Family in the most personal way possible. Instead, Meghan will actually be given her own coat of arms but her American family won't be able to use it.

Every family has their quirks, even royal-to-be Meghan Markle's.

I met Samantha Grant, or Samantha Markle, as she now prefers to be called, last month in Florida. She welcomed me into her home in Ocala, a one and a half hour’s drive from Orlando.

Samantha and Meghan's lives couldn't be any further apart. One is Hollywood actress, with a plethora of charity and humanitarian work to her name, the fiance of Prince Harry, who calls the palace home.

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The half- sister of royal bride- to - be Meghan Markle says the former actress has turned her back on her family , with some members not sure if they will receive an invite to her “Honestly — what she could spend in a weekend would greatly help dad, so that should be a priority,” says Samantha.

The other is a struggling writer and filmmaker who has debilitating multiple sclerosis and has been wheelchair-bound for more than ten years.

It's the question on everyone's lips - why on earth is Samantha Markle speaking out?

Samantha tells a compelling story, her answers to every question I pose are long and calculated. She gets emotional at times, laughing at others.

But as we all know, there are two sides to every story, and we've only heard Samantha's.

Meghan Markle was raised in a comfortable middle-class home in California. Her father, Thomas, already had two children, Samantha and Tom Junior, when he met Meghan's mother, Doria. For Samantha, Meghan was the glue that brought the family together.

"When Meg was born we became more of the complete family unit," Samantha told me as she flicked through old pictures of herself and a baby Meghan. She even references her own Princess Diana haircut at the time.

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MEGHAN Markle ' s half- sister has blasted the bride- to - be for not inviting her own family to the royal wedding. Furious Samantha Markle hit out after Prince Harry and Meghan came up with a list of around 600 guests for the ceremony at at Windsor Castle on May 19.

royal weddings. Samantha Markle begs Meghan to reunite their troubled family . Worlds away from her sister Meghan Markle , unemployed, wheelchair-bound Samantha Markle denied she felt bitter but said Meghan should do more to help her father.

So what went so wrong for the happy family? Well it seems to me that Samantha feels she and some of her family members have been left behind.

Meghan and Samantha both grew up on the sets of Hollywood sitcoms and soaps. Their father was a Daytime Emmy Award winning lighting director who worked on famous sitcoms and soaps, including Married with Children and General Hospital. Samantha says her father helped kickstart Meghan's acting career.

"I think he did help her a lot and he is very creative too and encouraging, so she made the most of her environment. I don't think he feels that she owes him, but that is how I see it," says Samantha.

Thomas Markle declared himself bankrupt in 2016. He's since fled to Mexico, changed his phone number and doesn't use social media. It's been reported he has as little as a few hundred dollars to his name.

Samantha reveals she contacted Meghan on behalf of their dad, seeking financial assistance, but was left disappointed.

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Meghan Markle ' s half- sister Samantha (left, and right with the actress) has hit out at the Palace for not helping her father after his heart attack — saying she had to send him money.

She said Meghan ' s decades long estrangement should 'ride on her conscience'. Also criticized the royal family for their decision not to bestow her father a coat of arms like others that marry into the crown.

"Honestly - what she could spend in a weekend would greatly help dad, so that should be a priority," says Samantha.

"I think you need to step up to the plate and make sure he is well taken care of."

She references the grossly expensive dress Meghan wore in the couple’s official engagement photos.

"If you can afford $75,000 for a dress, you can afford $75,000 to help your dad. That's how I feel, that's who I am," she said.

Samantha says she would help her father “in a heartbeat”, if she had the money.

Meghan Markle really is the modern day, real life Cinderella, and Prince Charming has swept her off her feet.

She's not only the star of the hit TV show Suits, she's also a humanitarian and a global ambassador for World Vision.

But Samantha questions her motives.

"I've seen in my lifetime a lot of situations where celebrities visit a place which is poverty stricken and they're wearing impeccable clothing, they themselves are wealthy, and it really feels like just a photo opportunity, so that is a little exploitative in my mind," she says.

So it begs the question - is Samantha bitter and jealous of her sister or just being honest?

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"I took my career to the level that I wanted in television as well and I quit when I made the decision to go back to school to get my degrees. So how can I be bitter when I made those choices, I had my successes?" says Samantha.

Due to her illness, Samantha requires constant care from her partner, Mark. He may be her carer, but Mark acts more like her bodyguard, immediately warning me that he keeps a loaded gun in every room of the house. He sat with a can of pepper spray in his pocket throughout the entire interview. Why he felt the need to warn me, I couldn't tell you. I'm about 5'2" and hardly intimidating.

Despite the stern warning, Samantha is pleasant and polite, open and honest. She reveals her brother has a long history of alcoholism and substance abuse.

"It started when he was younger and he didn't get treatment for it. Now he's at a point where he'd been arrested," she said.

Thomas Markle Junior was arrested early last year for allegedly holding a pistol to his girlfriend's head during a row. His partner, Darlene Blount, was arrested for allegedly assaulting Thomas Junior during a drunken fight in January this year.

"I don't think Meg purposely distanced herself - she's probably aware of it and probably feels that it's sad as well, but Tom should know better," Samantha said.

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Meghan Markle ' s estranged sister tells Inside Edition their dad, Thomas Markle , is deeply in debt, and she claims the "Suits" star for did not help him out. Grant was not invited to the royal wedding. She says her father has asked her for financial help to pay for wedding expenses.

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Samantha herself hasn't spoken to Meghan in three years.

"The last words I heard from her were 'I love you babe, it was so great catching up and talking'. She said 'let's keep in touch'," said Samantha.

She says she's now written a book, The Diary Of Princess Pushy's Sister, but admits she's yet to find a publisher.

"That was a tabloid title for her - I forget which tabloid, but the headline was 'Princess Pushy,' I found it interesting though, and controversial," Samantha said.

But why now? Why has Samantha decided to write a tell-all now? She insists the book is not negative, but rather the story of her inter-racial family, and feels her sister’s fame has given her a voice.

"She probably thinks I'm cashing in," she says.

"If I wanted to 'cash in' I would go sue hundreds, even thousands of publications, who did stories using my name that I was not paid for and that I didn't do. Maybe some day."

The date is set. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry May 19 at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, but it's not her first walk down the aisle.

"I was sad to see them divorce. Not to diminish Harry's social status or royal status, but in a way Trevor was royal too," Samantha revealed.

"I really liked him though and admired him so much because he was so lovely to our grandmother when she was in the nursing home."

Samantha Markle will not be silenced, and whether it's on A Current Affair or on Twitter, she says she'll keep voicing her opinions and telling the truth, as she sees it.

“If my family's being hurt - oh yeah I'm going to get out there and put it out there," she said.

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