Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sister Samantha Markle appeared on Sunrise this morning where she revealed her father is prepping for surgery and opened up about the drama surrounding her now-famous family.
Samantha confirmed that her father will undergo surgery following a heart attack last week, she did however say there was still hope he would make the wedding.
“We’re really not sure at this point, everything about him being under an incredibly amount of stress is true,” said Samantha,
“I think we’re all hoping that he pulls through this now and can still go to the wedding.”
Samantha also address reports Buckingham Palace had requested her family not speak to the media.
“Early in the year we were asked not to speak to the public, but I’m pretty adamant about it,” she told Sunrise.
“It was my observation that even family members who didn’t speak to the media were made fun of, they were taunted, they were photographed, they were insulted.”
“I’m not giving them license for them to disparage me like that without at least leveling the playing field for intelligent minds. I have a right to get out there and say ‘This is the way it is, that’s not accurate.’”
Samantha, who has not spoken to Meghan since 2014, says she has no regrets about speaking out.
“It’s really overwhelming, so no, I don’t regret feeling like I have a right to defend myself, and set records straight.”
Speaking on Good Morning Britain yesterday about the pressure her father has been under by the media, Markle described it as "quite atrocious and intrusive.”
“He wanted peace and quiet,” Samantha said. “But when he calls me panicking on the freeway because he’s in a dangerous situation, being followed by seven or eight cars, I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be,” she said, seeming to allude to the death of Princess Diana in a Paris car accident while being followed by photographers.
“He was so stressed out. They rented the house next to him in Mexico ... He can’t open his blinds he can’t go anywhere without being followed. Really it’s quite atrocious and intrusive.”
However, when she went on to label the media as “vultures”, host Piers Morgan fired back.
“There’s no bigger media vulture with this wedding than you, is there Ms Markle?”
“How you can have the gall to come on here and talk about media vultures. You wrote a book called The Diary Of Princess Pushy’s Sister ... You’ve been trashing her for two years, you little vulture.”