And now we don’t know what to think…
Meghan Markle has had a difficult time since becoming a Duchess, with her father’s family, the Markles, making headlines, from estranged nephew Tyler Dooley naming his cannabis business after her to her father Thomas Markle colluding with paparazzi.
The most noise however has come from Meghan’s estranged half-sister Samantha Markle, who it seems has never missed an opportunity to bash the former Suits actress, even claiming that when their father died, it would be Meghan’s fault.
Now, following her vicious remarks, Samantha Markle has decided to issue a formal (and very dramatic) apology, sending a message to her half-sister while appearing on Jeremy Vine this week.
‘There is so much water under the bridge and so much has spun out of control that was never intended to,’ Samantha explained when asked by Jeremy what she would like to say to her half-sister. ‘I think everybody was hurt by not being included or invited to the wedding, but I felt as though it could have all been nipped in the bud had everyone been included and we all just agreed to move forward with positive resolve, and the hurt feelings wouldn't have snowballed.’
She continued: ‘But, believe it or not, it doesn't mean that we love you any less. I just think that families can be this way when there's confusion and when people are hurt. So, moving forward, I apologize and I wish things could be different.’
When questioned about some of the cruel things she said about the now Duchess of Sussex, Samantha explained: ‘Most of what you read in the tabloids is not true. There have been so many times I've said, in live interviews, favorable things but they were not printed.’
‘[My father] was being purposely ignored. We were hoping that private channels would be used. When they failed we went public.The goal at that point wasn't just getting closer. It was also about bringing out a very important point that you don't isolate family, you are a humanitarian.’
She concluded: ‘The public were making a mockery of the family and it had to stop. Perhaps I was frustrated. I was lashing out more at the media.’
When asked about Meghan’s reaction, Samantha explained: ‘I think that perhaps she was hurt – I felt like she should know better than to believe tabloids, but I think quite frankly she probably believed what she was seeing as well, and I guess there's also protocol that you say nothing. So I think that snowballed unfortunately to a lot of hurt feelings on everyone's part, and I'm hoping that we can have a happy ending.’
And what does she think of Prince Harry? ‘As my little sister, and being older, I would think when I get older and when I pass away you wonder will your kids and your younger siblings be left in good hands? Well, I'm thankful she is in very good hands.’
There’s no word as to whether Meghan has responded yet but given the amount of words said, we imagine it would take a little more than a public apology.
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