Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially welcomed Baby Sussex to the world this month, announcing that they had named their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor via their new Instagram page, SussexRoyal.
But it wasn’t just the little one’s arrival that got people talking, but also the family’s reactions, with a statement from the Queen announcing that she and her family were ‘delighted’, including Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in the message.
Unsurprisingly, someone who released her own statement was Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, who despite posting a message last week that the whole family was excited for Meghan and her ‘wonderful little boy’, now seems to have changed her tune.
‘It’s sad,’ Samantha reportedly explained to The Mirror over her father’s absence from the royal arrival. ‘He should have been involved. Being excluded is like a dagger through his heart and poor Master Archie is not getting to know a creative, loving person.’
Then, Samantha went after Doria - something no one is here for.
‘She could have said “get your dad out here”’, Samantha said of Doria. ‘But sadly there seemed to be a lack of effort. Doria hasn’t tried to mend the rift between Meghan and her dad. I think everyone’s been hoping Doria and Meghan would have an epiphany, but I don’t know if it will ever happen.’
‘I want [Archie] to know he’s got a big family and he’s part of an amazing historical time and we’re excited for him,’ Samantha announced last week via DailyMailTV. ‘We’re excited for Meg and Harry — I am really excited for her. I love her, she’s my baby sister and it doesn’t matter what we’ve all said back and forth but she’s got to do the right thing. I just want to say Meg, you’ve got a world here and family here that’s excited for you.’
‘I want Meg to be part of [Thomas Markle’s] life, I want Meg to be able to share this beautiful time with him in whatever way she can. I think it’s important for her too. I hope something sticks with her—that she decided to do the right thing for my dad. Life is short and we’re family. I hope she decides to do the right thing this time.’
What does it all mean?
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