On Monday, Kensington Palace announced Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry were expecting their first child together while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled around Sydney, Australia for their first royal tour as a married couple. According to the palace statement, Meghan and Prince Harry are “delighted” and “very pleased” about the news. As it turns out, so is Meghan’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, and her sister Samantha Markle.
Samantha discussed her sister’s pregnancy with The Sun and disclosed how she and her dad feel and what they hope will happen in the future. Samantha told the publication, “It just makes everything that happened over the last year disappear. I want Meghan to be happy and calm and have peace. Everybody needs to be positive.”
Kensington Palace also announced that Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
She continued, “If he is excluded, I won’t be happy. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included.”
Samantha is apparently vacationing in Ireland now after traveling to London earlier in the month in hopes of reconciling with her sister. The Sun shared pictures of Samantha holding up a card that said “Baby” on it. She said, “A baby changes everything and softens everyone. I would only hope that there would be some adjustment or some way of including him.”
A source told The Sun that Thomas is “absolutely delighted” and “overjoyed” for his daughter.
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Thomas was scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, but he ended up not traveling to England for the wedding because he suffered an apparent heart attack. Just days before that, Samantha confirmed he staged paparazzi photos of himself looking at pictures of Meghan and Prince Harry while at an internet cafe in Mexico.
In that same interview, Thomas brought up the possibility of becoming a grandfather and how he would feel if he never had the chance to meet his grandchild. “What’s sad is that some time in the next year Meghan and Harry will have a baby and I’ll be a grandfather. And if we’re not speaking, I won’t see my grandchild. How tragic is that—to deprive a child of its grandfather because I said a few things critical of the Royal Family?” he said.
Back at The Sun, Samantha suggested a family reunion to introduce Samantha and Thomas to the new baby. “At a proper time, there should be a sit-down wherein everyone can address this properly. Everything has to work itself out,” she said. “I want to allow Meg and Harry to bring my dad into it in their own appropriate time because they very well should do. Although I can still say I love my sister, I wasn’t happy with the way my father was being treated.”
She mentioned that many family members were “hurt at not being included or invited to the wedding,” and that she wishes “things could be different.”
Meghan is about 12 weeks along in her pregnancy and is due in Spring 2019.