Even though Meghan Markle was in the public eye long before she married Prince Harry, Samantha Markle claimed her half-sister acted differently when she joined the royal family.
“Somewhere along the line, she had changed,” Samantha, 56, wrote in her new memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister Part 1.
After Meghan, 39, and her first husband, Trevor Engelson, split in 2013, Samantha said she “really lost contact” with her half-sister. However, their final conversation didn’t occur until a few years later.
“The last time I had spoken with my sister was when I called her at her apartment in Canada, in December 2015 almost 2016,” she wrote. “It seemed as though she was excited to hear from me. It was seldom that I could actually reach her because of our completely different schedules, and she was traveling as an ambassador for Suits. I was really worried about our father because he could sometimes become reclusive and depending on his schedule.”
Later on when Meghan started dating Prince Harry in 2016, she found out the news from her father — not from her sibling.
“I could hear the reluctance in his (Thomas’) voice, and then he said contently, ‘Well I got a call from Meg. She’s dating a Prince,’ he said,” Samantha wrote. “My dad replied, ‘Well he’s British. It’s Prince Harry.’ I said, ‘Dad, what exactly did she say?’ He took a deep breath and said, ‘Not a whole lot, she just said, Daddy, I met a prince.'”
She continued, “What astounded me about that was that she didn’t say ‘I met an amazing man.’ She said ‘I met a Prince. It seemed that the title was the most important thing to her … My dad said, ‘Just avoid the media, and someone will be calling us to brief us on how to deal with it.'”
Samantha also claimed Meghan got “whatever she wanted and needed” from Thomas when she was younger.
“It seemed like Meg’s world was very abundant in whatever she wanted and needed, and full of so much activity, that it was a wonder she could handle it all in the course of the day. Dad was very easy-going for the most part, and let her decide what she wanted, and how she wanted things to go … I don’t recall ever hearing Dad say ‘no’ to Meg, about anything,” Samantha wrote.