Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, is trying to make nice in hopes of scoring a wedding invitation to the May 19th nuptials, but she just can’t stop bashing the bride-to-be and Prince Harry.
When Harry told a British radio station that the royals are “the family [Meghan] never had” shortly after Christmas, Grant, 53, tweeted, “She has a large family who were there for her. No one was estranged, she was just too busy.”
Grant is now backtracking, telling the Mirror, “I was just clarifying it wasn’t family she never had, it was the family gathering with kids running around at a holiday all together she never experienced, because we were all working and spread out.” She added: “Socio-economics in America demand that family members work. I guess because they’re royal they can have that and that’s incredible.”
With the wedding less than six months away, Grant has launched her own odd version of a charm offensive and now says she thinks Harry is “quirky and cute” with “a noble heart.”
Grant described to the paper what she imagined Meghan and Harry’s children would be like. “They’ll be elf-like” with “little pointy noses,” adding, “I think they’ll be adorable and funny and intelligent. I can’t wait to see them.”
But she’s still going ahead with her memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, insisting the title of is not an insult to Markle, but about “social perceptions and labels.” Grant says she “wanted to show in the book that she [is the] opposite.”
But Grant, who has not spoken to Markle since 2014, has also called out her half-sister for wearing a $75,000 couture dress in her official engagement photos, and suggested the former actress made “a lot of money” from her stint on Suits and could be helping support her father, retired lighting director Thomas Markle. She has said, “If you can spend $75,000 on a dress, you can spend $75,000 on your dad.”
Grant told the Mirror, “There was just a time when—and it’s funny—we were on the phone. It was probably not my place to say, but I was just saying, ‘Hey, help Dad with some of that money for school now you’re making a lot of money.’ I think at that time she wasn’t that pleased about what I had to say.”
Grant maintains it’s money, not hard feelings, that may be what keeps her and other family members away from the wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor. “She might also understand that it’s not easy for all of us to get there. But if we can, we will.”
But Grant and the rest of the Markle family have to be invited first. “I’d be lying to say that I wouldn’t be hurt if I didn’t get an invite, but that’s really up to her.”
It sounds pretty unlikely Grant will have to go shopping for a new fascinator any time soon.
Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana: A Novel.
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