That’s Samantha Markle, half-sister to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and apparently self-imposed family spokesperson, defending the family’s many instances of profiting from their estranged family member’s fairy tale since the former Suits star exchanged “I do”s with Prince Harry this past May during an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain in July.
And make no mistake, the family has been cashing in, further widening the chasm that stands between them and Meghan at each and every turn, as Samantha, father Thomas Markle, and nephew Tyler Dooley seem incapable of—or perhaps, more likely, unwilling to—not adding fuel to the media frenzy fire that they’ve, by and large, created. And in doing so with relentless commitment, they’ve turned embarrassing Meghan into quite the lucrative family business.
“Maybe when Meghan is more mature and reads the book she’ll understand,” Samantha, a self-described former model and actress (with a lone 1993 Matlock guest appearance on IMDb to back up her claims) who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, told the outlet at the time. “Some of it she won’t like, some of it she might.”
Immediately, Samantha’s mother Roslyn, whom she hasn’t spoken to in years either, accused of daughter of trying to cash in on Meghan’s elevating fame. “Samantha has been dogging her for years,” she said of her daughter’s behavior towards the future Duchess. “Everything she has said about her is a lie.”
Despite her assurances that all these appearances are to help bring Meghan and their father back together in light of their own estrangement, her antics have surely worked against her. She’s crafted stories to tease the media, including one about a possible appearance in Celebrity Big Brother. She’s shown up outside of Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for photo opportunities. She’s retained the services of a publicist, who’s taken to issuing threats on behalf of his client on social media. She participated in the TLC documentary When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement.She’s still writing the damn book, now entitled In the Shadows of the Duchess. And she says things like this:
“I worked in media most of my life and in broadcasting, so because my sister is suddenly royal isn’t grounds for me to stop doing all of that,” she said in July, despite there being little evidence to support her supposed resume. “For someone to say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t take any money. You should turn down a paycheck,’ well, go tell your boss you don’t want a paycheck for interviewing me because that’s cashing in.”
“As we know the media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. I said, ‘You know, the world has no idea you’re getting in shape, doing healthy things. They don’t photograph you buying vegetables and PH water. They photograph you as unflattering ways as they can,'” she explained during an appearance on the ITV talk show Loose Women in May. “I said, ‘Really, you need to show the world that you’re getting in shape and doing great healthy things.’ So, I suggested it.”
Despite being told by Harry to not speak to the press, Thomas continued to do just that, booking an exclusive sit-down with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain—one that netted the former television lighting director $10,000, as Morgan made clear during the chat in attempt to defend his guest by explaining he could’ve earned more elsewhere and just “wanted to have his say.” He continued to have his say when, days later, he turned in a somewhat less contrite appearance on TMZ of all places.
Seeking to further his fifteen minutes, the 25-year-old Dooley has joined the cast of The Royal World, an upcoming MTV International reality show that “invited a group of royals and aristocrats to live together in the English countryside and filmed their every move in an attempt to find out what it is really like to be young and royal,” per the press release.
“Dooley considers Meghan to have been more like a sister to him growing up, and is set to make a royal impact as he sets the record surrounding his family straight,” the accompanying press release read, with his bio promising he’ll be entering The Royal Worldmansion “with a point to prove.” Oh brother.
And as the Markles have demonstrated time and time again, they’ll always be there to answer the call.