Prince Harry’s comments during a BBC Radio 4 interview that his fiancée’s would-be royal in-laws were the family he supposed “she never had,” didn’t go down well with Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Grant, who took to Twitter to give vent to her anger.
“Actually she has a large family who were always there with her and for her,” said the 52-year-old mother of three in her tweeted response. “Our household was very normal and when dad and Doria divorced, we all made it so it was like she had two houses. No one was estranged, she was just too busy. Read my book complete with facts and photos.”
Probably wanting to rub it in some more, she tweeted again
“Meg’s family (our family) is complete with sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the glue of our family, our amazing completely self-sacrificing father. She always had this family,..Marrying merely extends it.”
Responding to another comment from a Gigi Sanares who tweeted, “I know Meghan is estranged with many relatives but what a tactless comment from Harry,” the Florida-based former actress and model replied:
“She has a large family. She always did. Our dad is amazing and completely self-sacrificing. We made it so that she had two houses. How fun it was!”
Prince Harry was speaking to Sarah Montague about Meghan’s first Christmas experience in Sandringham in the BBC Radio 4 interview at the end of the “Today” program on Wednesday when she asked him if he had to educate his fiancée on any family traditions.
“Oh, plenty. I think we’ve got one of the biggest families that I know of and every family is complex as well,” responded the prince.
He then stirred up a hornet’s nest with his next comment, eliciting the peeved response from his future sister-in-law. Here’s what he said:
“She’s done an absolutely amazing job getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.”
Samantha Grant, who also goes by the name Samantha Markle, has been suffering from multiple sclerosis since 2008 and is now wheelchair-bound because of the condition. She claims to have raised Meghan for 12 years during their early life in California.
Thomas Markle, the biological father of the estranged half-sisters, had known about Meghan’s romance with Prince Harry for as long as five months before the relationship became public knowledge. The man had once been a successful lighting director but has recently become bankrupt.
In an interview with “Good Morning Britain,” in November, the former actress and model had said:
“It’s lovely, but I have to say I think what’s more important to our family, and certainly to her, is that you find the person that’s the best fit for you, that you love, that really makes you happy,” Samantha said. “I don’t think it’s so much who he is in terms of royalty as who he is as a man. I can see she’s just bubbling. It’s so charming and so warm.”
While, seemingly, there’s nothing bad in what she said, you can’t help but feel an undercurrent of malice – or if that’s too harsh a word, there’s definitely a sense of grudge in what she said.
Apparently, Samantha is writing a book – a memoir of sorts called “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister” – that has references to her growing up with the “Suits” star, which she tweeted about on Christmas Day saying:
“Excited for my book coming out and wait until you see what our home life was like!”
Speaking about the book on the “Good Morning Britain” interview she said:
“First of all, it’s only a tell-all in that I go through and recant some of the beautiful nuances of our lives, our family home. But more importantly it has to do with the inter-racial evolution of this country through the lens of my life and my family since the Civil Rights Act until present, and how that intersects with this recent event with my sister, you know, my feelings about it, my family’s feelings about it and how sad it was going through it all. But it’s more of a beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life.”