Meghan Markle’s half-sister has admitted to ‘cashing in’ on Meghan and the royals, as she pleads with Meghan to visit their father Thomas Markle amid fears for his health.
Samantha Markle appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday to talk about her relationship with the Duchess of Sussex, and whether she was profiting off Meghan’s royal position.
The 53-year-old said: ‘I’ve 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 that.
‘Let’s face it, we all have to survive, money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine. But no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the royals.’
She later added: ‘For someone to say, “Oh you shouldn’t take any money, you should turn down a paycheck”, go tell your boss you don’t want a paycheck for interviewing me because that’s cashing in.’
Samantha’s appearance on the morning show comes after she targeted Meghan in a rant last week, claiming if anything happens to their father Thomas Markle, it would be on her hands.
She launched her Twitter tirade, hours after Thomas told TMZ he wouldn’t stop talking to the media until his daughter accepted him back into her life.
Samantha took aim at Meghan and Prince Harry’s appearance at the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition, telling her: ‘How about you pay tribute to your own father?! Enough is enough.
‘Act like a humanitarian, act like a woman,’ she wrote, adding: ‘If our father dies, it’s on you Meg’.
On Good Morning Britain, Samantha walked back on her explosive rant, saying she regretted it ‘to a degree.’
She added: ‘But I was really feeling that, it is so unfair that if there’s a misunderstanding that she reach out to him and she clarify because life is very short.
‘I felt as though if something were to happen to him, and he passed away, I don’t think any of us could live with the fact that he died unhappy and there was not closure. I believe in her heart that she would want that also.’
Samantha continued: ‘Naturally, as you can imagine, he is 74-years-old and we all know that life is short.
‘So given the circumstances over the last several months since the wedding, I think he really just wants to embrace her, and have some closure on the distance, and the misperception and really let her know that he loves her.
‘He sincerely had a heart attack and I was very shocked that the world would mock that or make fun of it. He really had a difficult time. ’
Samantha also added to speculation she would be on Celebrity Big Brother next month, as producers are thought to be eyeing a controversial theme, dubbed ‘The Eye of the Storm’.
Broadcasters Channel 5 are thought to be introducing the theme to improve recent poor viewing figures, particularly in comparison to ITV2 series Love Island.
Samantha said: ‘I’ve worked in media most of my life, why would I not? Why would I stop living because I have a family issue going on?
‘Back to the issue of cashing in, the media make billions of dollars off social issues and talking about the Royals. I don’t see how we’re any different. No one has a copyright on our life experiences.
‘We’re each individuals with our own life experience. With all due respect, it’s not just Meg, we’re entitled to share that, we’re entitled to be open about it, if we can shed some light on some issues for the public, then great.
‘We can enjoy the process. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s not disparaging, it’s not harmful.
When pressed if she would be appearing on the reality show, Samantha squirmed and said: ‘Urm… well, I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you, so…. I don’t want to find myself in locks and stocks quite frankly. It wouldn’t be becoming.’
Samantha also addressed claims that Meghan might be embarrassed of her extended family, as her future sister-in-law Darlene Blount was arrested on suspicion of assault on Friday.
Few details are known about the incident, but a source told DailyMail.com: ‘Last night there was a domestic violence call at the home of Thomas Markle [Jr] and Darlene Blount. Darlene was arrested on assault charges.’
Samantha defended her family saying: “With all due respect, every family – including the British Royal family – have had their complexities and their issues.
‘You can’t generalise the actions of certain family members who engage in deviant legal activity for whatever reason, you can’t generalise that to the entire family.
‘To suggest she would be embarrassed of the entire family, including her mother’s family, and not be in contact because of that would be foolhardy.’