Meghan's half-sister calls for Markle family reunion

  • 22/05/2018

Inspired by Bishop Michael Curry's message of love at the royal wedding on Saturday, Meghan Markle's half-sister has called for the estranged Markle family to reunite. 

Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last weekend, securing her place in the British royal family. The African-American bishop who spoke at the wedding has inspired Ms Markle's half-sister Samantha, 53, to reconcile with Meghan, 36, The Sun reported. 

"I watched the bishop talk about love and unity and forgiveness and I hoped it would strike a chord with Meghan," she said. 

Samantha said she feels a "religious and moral obligation" to reconcile with her estranged sister and bring peace to the family, despite reports that she is writing a tell-all book about their relationship called The Diary of a Pushy Princess. 

The father of Samantha and Meghan, Thomas Markle, 73, was unable to attend Ms Markle's wedding to Prince Harry due to receiving heart surgery in Mexico last week. Samantha revealed that he had three stents fitted during the procedure.

Mr Markle said the ceremony was "emotional and joyful" as he watched from the west coast.

Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, with her father Thomas Markle.
Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, with her father Thomas Markle. Photo credit: File

He pulled out of the wedding voicing concerns he would embarrass his daughter or the royal family in the wake of a scandal involving photographs allegedly posed for a paparazzi.

He then said he would attend but was struck down by ill health, undergoing surgery a week after suffering a heart attack.

In his absence, Meghan was met halfway down the aisle by Prince Charles, who accompanied her to the altar.

Samantha told The Sun she is determined to defend her father's honour because it was she who encouraged him to set up paparazzi pictures before the wedding. 

She said it is Mr Markle's lifelong dream to visit Buckingham Palace. 

"I think he should have lovely tea and a tour," she said.