The honeymoon for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is definitely over, at least as far as their American relatives are concerned.
Meghan's 73-year-old father Thomas Markle has sworn he will not stop complaining to her in the media until she and her husband agree to accept and confirm his phone calls that he exists. Meanwhile, older half-sister Samantha Markle snapped Tuesday night on Twitter into the new Duchess of Sussex and told her, "If our dad dies, I'll hold you responsible, Meg!"
But Meghan's side is also fighting back, but in an unofficial backchannel mode. On Wednesday, an unnamed "source near the Duchess of Sussex" told The Daily Mail that the retired "General Hospital" lighting designer never suffers from a heart condition. Instead, he faked an emergency operation to avoid going to the royal wedding on May 1
"The whole story about Meghan's father, who underwent cardiac surgery, was invented," said the source. "He had to think of a good reason not to go to their wedding and avoid any further embarrassment after these staged photos went public."
Yes, it gets very uncomfortable between the Los Angeles-based former TV actress and her relatives with the animosity that escalated since Meghan's and Harry's worldwide televised wedding at Windsor Castle. Certainly things had been pretty tense between Meghan, 36, and her older half-siblings, Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr. who are in their 50's and Florida and Grants Pass, Oregon are decidedly less glamorous lives.
The siblings, children of Markle Sr.'s first marriage, became increasingly critical of the future royal fashion icon and humanitarian as her wedding date approached. On Twitter, in media interviews or in an open letter, they described Meghan as a calculating social climber who turned her back on her aging father when her television career began and after dating Harry in 2016.
According to reports, also tense between Meghan and her father, who divorced at the age of 6 from her mother Doria Ragland. Daughter and father were told to mend things. She and Harry called him in late November before announcing their engagement.
They also invited him to accompany them through the hallway at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Markle Sr., who lives in Mexico on a fixed income, was to meet his wealthy and famous future son-in-law shortly before the wedding.
But the rapprochement began to crumble after Markle Sr. was caught. on the weekend before the wedding, let a paparazzo take photos of him preparing for the wedding. There were also reports that he sold his story for over $ 100,000 to the tabloid press. The scandal triggered a series of crises: Markle sen. Suffered a heart attack and had to undergo surgery.
He said he had been taken to Sharp Chula Vista medical center in San Diego, just a few miles north of the Mexican border. But the Daily Mail reported that they called the hospital and the staff there said, "no such name" has ever been allowed.
Markle Sr. claimed that his daughter and Harry had first forgiven him for both the paparazzi and the non-wedding. He said they had called him when he recovered from the operation and even promised to visit him in Mexico.
But Markle sen. Talked to the media, including Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" on June 18th. Morgan said as he and Harry chatted on the phone over Donald Trump and Brexit. Such revelations could cause discomfort to his son-in-law, who should remain publicly neutral in politics.
Markle Sr. then spoke to TMZ in late June and said he was upset that Queen Elizabeth II wanted to meet a president Trump on June 13th – before she met him.
Markle Senior later said that his daughter stopped talking to him after the interview "Good morning Britain". So, in an offer approved for her attention, he gave the Sun, which was released on Sunday, another interview. In the interview, he talked about how close he and Meghan were once, and said that she looks "scared" and unhappy in her new royal role. He then complained about being shunned.
Thomas Markle makes public appeal to his daughter Meghan https://t.co/Zkq2Jrl0Mn
– The Sun (@TheSun) July 15, 2018
"Since The interview, the phone number I'm calling, does not work anymore, "said Markle Sr. of the Sun. "Those, I think, connection with the royal family never answers, and there is no address to write to, so I have no way to contact my daughter."
Markle Sr. also told the Sun that he could fly to Britain, and refuse to leave if Meghan does not meet with him.
"Everyone who makes profit from the royal family is shunned," said Markle Sr. of the Sun. "I could have done well over $ 100,000 on a talk show, so if I move to London and start selling cups with my daughter's face, would they avoid me?"
The "sales cup" is an obvious dig from companies who were honored by the royal family for selling royal memorabilia also expressed the fear that he might "die soon" and that he would like to be in good relationships with his daughter as soon as possible.
But then Markle Sr. reported something on Tuesday and told TMZ he was not silenced
"I was silent for a whole year and the press beat me every day and said that I was a hermit who hid in Mexico, so I told my story, "he told TMZ. "Apparently this interview put the royal family in their silent mode … So I gave another interview to break the silence, all they have to do is talk to me."
Samantha Markle later reported Tuesday evening after seeing her younger sister in her humanitarian form at an exhibition in London. Meghan was there with Harry and the exhibition is supposed to celebrate the 100th birthday of former South African leader and international star Nelson Mandela.
In a series of tweets on her private account, Samantha Markle blamed Meghan for "paying tribute" to others "I'm glad you have so much time to pay tribute to others while ignoring your father," Raul said Samantha Markle. "How cold can you be, Harry?"
Samantha Markle, who won a star appearance on Celebrity Big Brother UK, defended Markle Sr. and said, "My dad is not embarrassed to love his daughter Royals are embarrassed because they are so cold. "
Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha will be on" Celebrity Big Brother UK "and she gave the tea to Wendy. https://t.co/2wE5dpd2Mt pic.twitter.com/Koa900peyY
– Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 16, 2018