In April last year, Meghan Markle’s now infamous half-sister Samantha Grant announced she was writing a book. It was to be called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, and the crux was to be exactly as it sold itself.
Almost immediately, Markle’s family were firm on the line of her defence. Samantha was out of line, they said. It wasn’t fair.
In an interview with Mail Online at the time, Grant’s brother and Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, disparaged the way his sister was attacking the limelight.
“She’s just doing it because she’s got nothing better to do and it’s what she’s always done. Her whole life has just been about being a pain in the a**.
“It’s why nobody talks to her and hasn’t for a long, long time. Leave Meghan alone already – it’s ridiculous,” he said.
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Fast forward a single year, and Thomas Markle’s name, face and most ferocious quotes are bandied across news outlets across the world.
It began in an interview with The Mirror late last month:
“She’s clearly forgotten her roots,” he said. “It’s torn my entire family apart.”