If Meghan Markle thought that she’d be able to seamlessly swap Hollywood for Buckingham Palace, she was hugely mistaken. Not only has the 36-year-old former-actress had to contend with the public’s perception of her, but also the continued efforts of her family to sabotage the entire thing.
If it wasn’t for the fact that Markle is a self-made woman with an impressive acting career behind her, you could say that her story is very similar to that of Cinderella.
Her life before fame, however, wasn’t quite a fairytale. Here are the parts Meghan would rather you forget…
Of course, we all know how that fairytale goes, in the end, Cinderella lives happily ever after with her handsome prince while her bitter step-sisters are left to wallow in their green-eyed pit of jealousy.
Clearly, nobody was read this particular fable in the Markle household. Maybe if they had, Markle’s family wouldn’t be so keen to make such a public spectacle of themselves.
Having not received invites to the society wedding of the year, the Markle family are understandably miffed. The fact that most of them haven’t spoken to the Suits star since 2011 does little to tame their rage about the snub.
But rather than get the hint, Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Jr. has decided to speak out against his blood relative. The 51-year-old from Oregon was not shy when he launched into an attack on his baby half-sister whilst speaking to The Daily Mirror.
Holding nothing back, he said:
“She’s clearly forgotten her roots. It’s torn my entire family apart. Meg likes to portray herself as a humanitarian, a people’s person and a charitable person but she is none of those things to her family. She is giving the greatest performance of her life. She is acting phoney. I’ve read that Meg wants to be like Diana. Diana was worshipped by everyone in the world. She was loved for the right reasons. That’s what Meg wants, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. She’s not genuine like Diana.”
Thomas Jr. last saw Meghan in Los Angeles seven years ago when they both attended the funeral of their grandmother, Doris. But despite their lack of contact, Markle was convinced he’d get one of the highly-coveted wedding invitations.
Speaking to The Daily Mail last month, when the wedding invitations were formally sent, Markle confidently declared:
“I haven’t got an invite yet but I do expect to get one. It would be really nice [to get an invitation] and it would mean a lot. I do expect one and I’m looking forward to going. I don’t see why not. It is what it is. I am family, estranged or not.”
But whilst Meghan and Thomas Jr. may share the same father, it would seem that they don’t have anything else in common.
Meghan is scheduled to marry Prince Harry in a royal extravaganza at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. Presently it would appear that the only family members that the princess-to-be has invited are her 61-year-old mother, Doria Ragland and her reclusive 73-year-old father, Thomas Markle Sr.
There is also speculation that the bride-to-be may have invited her niece, 31-year-old Ashley Hale, to whom she is close, as well as her half-uncle, Joffrey Ragland.
Meanwhile, her half-sister, Samantha Grant has publicly admitted that she won’t be part of Meghan’s special day. Evidently hoping there may still be a chance to grab one of the 600 invites if she shouts loud enough, the 53-year-old has taken to Twitter to blast her half-sister and shame her into changing her mind.
Here are just a few of the explosive tweets…
But whilst Samantha, who uses her maiden name on Twitter, is incensed about being left out, she has no plans to crash the exclusive event. Meghan’s 73-year-old uncle Frederick, has other plans. According to Samantha, Frederick, a self-styled bishop from Florida, will turn up at Windsor Castle with or without a formal invitation.
Of course, the Markle family are clearly overlooking the fact that Meghan’s wedding day will be one of the most heavily guarded events in history – Uncle Frederick is going to need more than just a sense of self-entitlement to squeeze past the specially trained security guards that will no doubt be situated at every corner.
But whilst they won’t be attending the wedding, this certainly isn’t the last that we will hear of Thomas Markle Jr. who is estranged from his entire family, not just Meghan, and Samantha Grant who is equally estranged, for both plan to release a tell-all book about Meghan.
So hold on tight, because this royal rollercoaster is only just getting ready to go!
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