We don’t know precisely what Meghan Markle thinks of her half-sister Samantha Grant, and perhaps we never will. After all, Meghan is about to become a member of the British royal family, and they’re typically not all that forthcoming about personal matters. Samantha, on the other hand, has been speaking frequently to the media about Meghan and her life – and she’s not always cast her sibling in the best light. When Samantha told the world her thoughts about her half-sister’s engagement, then, here’s exactly what she revealed…
Samantha Grant herself, meanwhile, is the other daughter of Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father; her mother is Thomas’s first wife Roslyn. Furthermore, Thomas and Roslyn also have a son together, Samantha’s brother Thomas Jr., with Roslyn additionally being mom to a son from another relationship. And while this all may sound complicated, it’s definitely no more complex than trying to decipher the family tree of your average British royal family member.
And Samantha hasn’t been shy about coming forward with details about her half-sibling. For instance, in November 2016 – a year before Meghan’s engagement was announced – she gave The Sun an interview about her life with Prince Harry’s bride-to-be. “Don’t fall for my little sis, Harry, she’d be the next Princess Pushy,” screamed the headline on the front page.
In that chat with The Sun, meanwhile, Samantha claimed that Meghan was a “social climber.” Furthermore, she implied that her half-sister had specifically sought out Prince Harry. “Hollywood has changed her. I think her ambition is to become a princess,” the paper quoted her as saying. Samantha added, “It was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV. She always preferred Harry — she has a soft spot for gingers.”
Furthermore, Samantha alleged that Meghan had drifted away from her after she was diagnosed with MS and became wheelchair bound. The aggrieved half-sister went on, “[Meghan’s] behavior is certainly not befitting of a royal family member… The royal family would be appalled by what she’s done to her own family. [And] the truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry.”
In spite of Samantha’s words, however, Harry’s and Meghan’s relationship continued apace. Indeed, just a few days after the publication of that interview, Harry confirmed his romance in an official statement. That message, though, also condemned the British media for a “wave of abuse and harassment” towards the actress. In addition, it referred to a “smear on the front page of a national newspaper” – possibly a reference to The Sun’s headline.
And it’s also worth noting that Meghan doesn’t appear to be estranged from her other close family members. She’s been photographed often with her mother Doria Ragland, for example. And despite being divorced, Doria and Thomas have additionally released a joint statement giving their blessing to their daughter’s marriage.
Meanwhile, after the Sun interview, Samantha quickly became a minor celebrity in her own right – perhaps fueled by the press’ great interest in her half-sister’s relationship. So, it was perhaps no surprise that after Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced, Thomas’ other daughter spoke out again.
When Samantha appeared on the TV show Good Morning Britain to share her thoughts, however, she seemed to have a much more positive opinion of her half-sister. When asked, “What was Meghan like as a young girl?” for example, Samantha answered, “She’s very creative, charming, lovely, full of life, very vibrant… and she’s never changed.”
Also gone were any implications that Meghan was marrying Harry for the fame and fortune. “I don’t think it’s so much who he is in terms of royalty as who he is as a man,” Samantha said. “When I watch her with him, it’s very real and normal. We only get that once in a lifetime if we’re lucky. It’s not about royalty so much as it is about love, and that’s wonderful for them.”
Consequently, Samantha was asked about the tabloid stories and how negative they had appeared. “The reality of that is, most of that was a media construct,” she answered. “Like any family, at the end of the day we’re very normal… This is a joyous occasion. So, I think any misconception that was out there, you know, we have to let bygones be bygones.”
And when the presenters asked Samantha if there was anything she wanted to say to Meghan, she said, “I just want to say I love you, I’m incredibly happy for you. Cheers and to a wonderful life.” Indeed, the interview seemed to paint Samantha as much more supportive of Meghan than the Sun interview had suggested. And that may have made the news that Samantha was writing a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister a little bewildering.
Perhaps even more confusingly, Samantha asserted that she hadn’t even given Meghan that rather uncomplimentary nickname in the first place. On TLC special When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement, broadcast in December 2017, she explained, “I was quoted as calling her Princess Pushy. I never said those words.” Samantha continued, “The truth is, I never said any such thing and there’s no tape, no recording, nothing in the world that anybody could present to suggest that it was.”
However, Samantha’s own Twitter – which is now set to private – reportedly contains several harsh remarks about Meghan. In March 2017, for instance, she retweeted an article Meghan had written about the stigma surrounding periods. “But what did she donate to them to make real change come about? Money for toilets, maxi pads or just a photo op?” Samantha wrote in response.
Later that day, meanwhile, Samantha would retweet another piece with the title, “Meghan Markle can help Prince Harry continue to build on Princess Diana’s legacy.” She would write scathingly above it, “Not possible when she ignores a sister in a wheelchair because it is an embarrassment to her. Diana would scoff at Meg.”
When her followers questioned all of this, however, Samantha answered, “I’ve always been supportive of her, but I can’t support the illusion and lies. Enough of the illusions, she’s the one with the hardened heart.” It was all a far cry from what she had said on Good Morning Britain. But, then again, Meghan isn’t the only family member that Samantha has slammed on Twitter, either.
In November 2017, for example, Samantha attacked Meghan’s mother Doria on the social media site. First, she claimed that she had “just found out some horrible stuff” about Doria, then called her “greedy and awful.” And after that, she announced, “[Doria] is as spiritual as a wolverine: it’s all a facade, and she can’t sue me because it’s the truth.”
Meanwhile, Samantha claimed in December 2017 that dad Thomas had “disowned [her brother Tom] long ago for being a lying thief.” And it is true that Tom has been in trouble with the law. In January 2017, for instance, he allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head and was arrested. It’s worth taking into account, though, that Tom’s girlfriend ultimately didn’t press charges.
Samantha’s own mother has hit back, however, by telling the Daily Mail that her daughter is “an abusive person.” Roslyn added in the April 2017 interview, “We’re just terribly upset that she is getting away with this stuff. She has done a 180 twice now.” And she continued, “Samantha told all her friends that Doria was the maid because she’s black. She is not a nice person.”
So, the Markle family drama likely raises more questions than it answers. What’s the real relationship between the sisters? Which statements did Samantha actually make about Meghan? And will she actually get an invitation to the wedding when it rolls around in May 2018? Well, perhaps only time will tell…