MEGHAN Markle’s big sister has opened up on why she hasn’t spoken to her sibling for the past 10 years in a remarkable interview.
Samantha Grant, 52, who now lives in Florida, has shed light on why she no longer has a relationship with Meghan who is 16 years her junior.
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As reports of an engagement between Harry and the Suits actress mount, Samantha appears to have backtracked on previously scathing comments about her half-sister.
Previously Samantha says the star of US legal drama is a “social climber” who has barely spoken to her sister since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.
And she says Meghan had always fancied Harry because she was ambitious to become a princess – adding she had a “soft spot for gingers”.
Then there have been comments about a lack of financial and emotional help from Meghan when her family faced tough times.
But speaking to the Daily Mail Samantha, a writer and mental health counselor, said she was now desperate to mend the rift with her estranged sis.
She said: “I felt that we had drifted apart.
“In retrospect, when I search my heart, maybe she just got very busy.”
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Adding that she would have loved more of a sisterly relationship, Samantha also recalled fond times when she helped raise her in their working class household.
She said: ‘She used to call me Daff Duck because I’d make Daffy Duck noises to get her to laugh.
“She called me that up until she was 12, then she would call me “Babe”.
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Samantha also recalled some older family members who “made made pretty horrible comments when my sister was born” because she was mixed race, including the N-word and other racial slurs.
Asked whether she would attend any Royal Wedding as an in-law to the House of Windsor, she said she expected she would not be invited.
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Harry is said to have inundated Meghan Markle with texts until she agreed to go out with him.
He pursued her after meeting her at a charity event in May.
In the latest twist to the family saga Samantha is set to release her memoirs and says her 35-year-old sister should prepare herself for some home truths.
The working title for Samantha’s book is “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister”.
In October, she told Good Morning Britain that she was not writing a “slamming tell-all” book about Meghan, but instead a “beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life”.
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