Meghan Markle’s paternal half-siblings Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Markle have spoken out after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first three episodes. Netflix docuseries were released on Thursday.
During an appearance on Talk TV with Piers Morgan, Markle Jr. shared his reaction to Prince Harry’s remarks about his wife’s relationship with her father Thomas Markle Sr.
In the third episode of ‘Harry & Meghan,’ the couple discussed the chain of events before their May 2018 wedding that led to a falling out between the former ‘Suits’ actress and her father.
“Of course, it’s incredibly sad what happened. She had a father before that, and now she doesn’t have a father. And I assumed that, because if Meg wasn’t with me , then his dad would still be his dad,” Harry, 38, said in the third episode.
“I think it’s awful,” Markle. said Jr. “The documentary is so far off on so many different levels. It’s really kind of disturbing.” To say that she doesn’t have a family and she doesn’t have a father, and Harry says that she has no father now. It’s just ridiculous.”
In the weeks leading up to the couple’s royal wedding at Windsor Castle, Markle Sr. was embroiled in a scandal over staged paparazzi photos. After suffering a heart attack, he decided not to attend the nuptials.
When Morgan asked Markle Jr. if Meghan had tried to contact her father after he suffered a stroke last May, he replied: “None.”
“None of us have been trained or given any help from the paparazzi since the very beginning, which caused a lot of problems,” Markle Jr said.
“Nobody reached out. In fact, I reached out, and all I got back was ‘distant family’ and they ‘don’t know us’. It’s just very weird how she just swept the whole family under the rug like we didn’t exist and then lied about not having family and lied about not having family qu she always wanted.”
Markle Jr. told Morgan that watching the Netflix series prompted him to work on his own documentary.
“Documentary is a long way off,” Markle Jr. said. light that must be shed.
“The unprecedented amount of files, photos, videos and documentation that we’re going to include in our documentary…it’s going to tell a whole different story. I think the general public in the UK and America knows that now the Markles are not We are like a normal family like everyone else.
“We exist, and when one person tells lies, then tells 10 more lies to cover up the lie, that’s what happens. You end up looking ridiculous.”
Markle Jr. said he believed his father had watched the first half of the docuseries and shared an update on his health.
“Dad is doing great, making a lot of progress. He’s in good spirits. Sometimes he doesn’t feel comfortable making a live appearance, but he’s doing great,” Markle Jr said.
“His speech is definitely coming back. We’re making a lot of progress with the speech therapy and for the most part it’s pretty normal. It goes off for a few moments and comes back,” he added.
“I’m just so happy that I’ve been able to be there for him every day since it happened in May.”
Samantha also excoriated docuseries, telling GB News that she didn’t want her dad watching.
“I didn’t want him to watch because, like everything, it’s lie upon lie upon lie,” Samantha said.
“He’s been through so much – two heart attacks and a stroke – and she allowed it, watched it, didn’t do anything about it. And for Harry to say something like that is blatant,” added Samantha.
Samantha also accused Meghan of lying to Samantha’s daughter, Ashleigh Hale. Although Meghan said she never had a close relationship with Samantha, the Duchess of Sussex shares a strong bond with her niece.
In the docuseries, Meghan said she was told by the palace that she couldn’t invite Hale to her wedding because she wasn’t inviting Samantha.
“How do you explain that this half-sister is not invited to the wedding, but that the half-sister’s daughter is? Meghan said in the third episode.
“With Ashleigh, the advice at the time was not to bring her to our wedding,” she added. “I was in the car with H. I had him on speakerphone, and we talked to him about the advice we were given and why this assessment was made…and it’s painful.”
“I think I said I was injured on some level, but I understood where it came from,” Hale said in the documentary. “Knowing that it was because of my birth mother that this relationship that is so important to me was impacted in this way… to feel like because of her it was taken away from me, was difficult .”
Samantha told GB News that a palace insider informed her that Meghan had made the decision not to invite Hale.
“Ashleigh was lied to, and it was actually my sister who allegedly told Ashleigh she couldn’t go to the wedding,” Samantha said.
“So I felt like she was manipulating my daughter, and it’s really sad because my daughter was apparently resentful and felt like I was the reason she couldn’t come to the wedding.”
Representatives for Harry and Meghan did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.