As the most outspoken member of the Markle family, Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha surprisingly kept her social media silence after the announcement of baby Sussex’s birth.
But apart from being the disapproving estranged sibling, the former model, actress, and mental health counselor have a few surprises in store.
Samantha is the daughter of Thomas Markle born in November 1964 from his marriage to Roslyn Markle (née Loveless) and two years older than her brother, Thomas Jr.
On the other hand, Meghan’s birth came years later in August 1981 from Thomas’s relationship with Doria Ragland, but they divorced when Meghan was six years old.
Given the 17 year age gap and the fact that Meghan lived with mum Doria after the split, they spent little time together.
The two half-sisters had not seen each other in about ten years since Samantha got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, even though they have communicated on occasion, it paints a picture of a nonexistent relationship.
Shortly after Meghan and Prince Harry started dating, Samantha spoke to The Sun about her “social climbing” sister and said Meghan had ambitions to become a princess and called her behavior “not befitting of a Royal Family member.”
In July 2018, Samantha went on a Twitter spree after their father, Thomas, made a public appeal to Meghan for her to speak to him after he staged paparazzi snaps.
"How about you pay tribute to your own father?! Enough is enough. Act like a humanitarian act like a woman! If our father dies, I'm holding you responsible Meg! @KensingtonRoyal,” Samantha wrote on Twitter.
Later on, her comments also included Prince Harry amid reports that Meghan and her father is not on speaking terms.
"Harry is a "wuss" to allow the Duchess of Nonsense to mistreat everyone who has been close to her, especially her family. Diana would be ashamed. Stop wearing Meg's skivvies and bra and take your pants off her!" Samantha ranted.
Samantha did not receive an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. “There are some members of the family who have an air of entitlement about even a wedding invite, I don’t understand why we didn’t get one, but I don’t expect or demand one,” she told channel Four during an interview.
In November last year, she elaborated with an apology while on the Jeremy Vine talk show. "I think everybody was hurt not being included or invited to the wedding, but I felt as though it could have all been nipped in the bud had everyone been included,” she began.
“The hurt feelings wouldn't have snowballed, but believe it or not, it doesn't mean that we love you any less, I just think that families can be this way when there is confusion and people are hurt. So moving forward, I apologize and wish things could be different,” Samantha added.
She wrote an autobiography titled, “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister” which is due for release this year and is said to be about Meghan’s earlier life. During an interview with The Wright Stuff, she revealed that it is not a “tell all” book and elaborated on the title she chose.
"I chose the title because I was more making a mockery of tabloids who, at one point, called my sister Princess Pushy. The opposite is true, she said. "And so I thought, you know, to make fun of that and illustrate that she really is not, I'm going to choose that title and run with it."
Shortly after the happy news of baby Sussex’s birth got announced, Thomas spoke to The Sun about his new grandson. "I'm delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well," he said. "I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor.”
He further wished his grandson “health and happiness” while he congratulated his “lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry” on their newborn.
Even though Samantha had not made any comments since the birth of baby Sussex, she did share her opinions on how Meghan would handle raising her first child during an interview with TLC in April.