‘She had to inflate who she was to garner false admiration’: Samantha

A new interview with Meghan Markle’s estranged family has raised questions about the veracity of the claims the Sussexes made in their Oprah Winfrey sit-down and Netflix series.

Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Junior are the Duchess of Sussex’s half siblings through their father Thomas Markle Senior.

The three family members appeared on 7NEWS Spotlight on Sunday night to criticise Meghan on the eve of King Charles’ coronation.

The shocking interview revealed that Meghan’s father is struggling with speech after suffering from a stroke last year.

“If she doesn’t turn up for a stroke. If that doesn’t move her, what would?” the 78-year-old asked.

Meghan stated in the couple’s Netflix series that she ended her relationship with her father before her wedding to Harry after he was caught staging paparazzi photographs in exchange for cash.

Meghan’s father also sold a private letter she wrote to him to a British tabloid newspaper.

However, the Markles disagree with this narrative and say Meghan “iced” her family out for other reasons.

“Dad didn’t do anything, she just woke up one day in a new world and decided that she doesn’t have any family,” Thomas Junior, 56, claimed.

Samantha Markle, 58, has previously admitted she has not seen her sister Meghan since 2014 and was not invited to her sister’s wedding to Prince Harry.

Nevertheless, she has written a book about her life as Meghan’s sister called the Pushy Princess and flew over to England to provide commentary on Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

“There was something in my opinion missing in their eyes, it didn’t seem real to me,” she said of their wedding.

The family revealed they were baffled by claims Meghan made in her Oprah interview that she “lost her father” and “didn’t have siblings”.

“What she told Harry and the royal family wouldn’t have jived, wouldn’t have been consistent with the truth,” Samantha alleged.

“In her mind she had to inflate who she was to garner false admiration and to be accepted by the royals.”

The elder Markle sister also claimed to recall what Meghan told their father in a phone call after meeting Prince Harry in 2017.

“’Daddy I met a Prince’ was verbatim what (Meghan said),” Samantha alleged.   

Meghan has always insisted she grew up without Samantha or Thomas Junior due to the large age gap between the half siblings.

At 41, Meghan is 17 years younger than Samantha and 15 years younger than Thomas Junior.  

The Duchess has largely declined to address her relationship with her estranged half siblings except for a brief statement in the Netflix series.

“My half-sister, who I hadn’t seen for over a decade – and that was only for a day and a half – suddenly, it felt like she was everywhere.

“I don’t know your middle name. I don’t know your birthday. You’re telling these people that you raised me, and you’ve coined me ‘Princess Pushy,’” Meghan said.

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