Meghan Markle’s half sister is in hospital with a suspected broken ankle and a fractured knee after a car crash on Wednesday.
A photo shows the 53-year-old slumped in her wheelchair, in the Florida hospital, with a hospital band round her wrist. Samantha, who appears to be asleep in the shot, is wearing glasses, plus a pair of sunglasses perched on her head, with her purse in her lap.
Her boyfriend Mark says they were driving through the sunshine state near their home, when they had a ‘paparazzi confrontation’ near a toll both, TMZ reports.
He claims a photographer had veered in front of them as he tried to get a better shot, forcing Mark to swerve to left, crashing into the concrete central reservation. The snapper reportedly fled the scene.
Samantha, who has MS, hit the windscreen and fell into the foot well well her foot twisted backwards. Mark then drove her to the hospital where she is being treated.
A photo shows 53-year-old Samantha Markle, Meghan’s half sister, slumped in her wheelchair, in the Florida hospital, with a hospital band round her wrist
The crash comes after reports that Samantha and Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas’ major cardiac surgery was a success following his serious heart attack last week.
Samantha has criticized Kensington Palace for failing to support her father after his heart attack, saying she had to wire cash over to him following the operation.
Her brother, Thomas Markle Jr, previously told The Mirror: ‘I wrote to Kensington Palace months ago asking for their aid. We’ve all been so overwhelmed by the attention and have found it difficult living under such scrutiny.’
He is in Windsor but is not invited to the wedding, along with her half-sister and fellow estranged family members after months of infighting among them soured the occasion.
Samantha, who had earlier astonishingly claimed she was behind her father’s deal to stage photograph with a paparazzi agency, said his condition was ‘life-threatening’.
Meghan Markle’s half- sister Samantha (left, and right with the actress) has hit out at the Palace for not helping her father after his heart attack — saying she had to send him money
‘He was upset. He wanted to go. But his doctor had the overruling opinion he needed surgery. So he’s smart enough to know, ‘this is life threatening’,’ Samantha told The Sun.
She went on to dismiss reports that Kensington Palace had offered support for her father in Mexico and had not offered to fly him to London early or provide details on how he could get there.
The sibling added: ‘That is not true or he would have been living in his place. He’d have a reliable vehicle. He’d have been with security. I have receipts showing I’ve sent my father money twice by MoneyGram because he needed it.
‘There was no actual contact from Meghan and she has not spoken with my father since the heart attack. I don’t know why that is, I’m not blaming her.’
This goes directly against Mr Markle’s own claims that Meghan called and texted him after he decided to pull out of the wedding.
Retired lighting engineer Thomas Markle blamed the heart attack he suffered a week ago on an open letter by his son, Thomas Jr, in which he tried convincing Prince Harry not to marry Meghan.
The 73-year-old had flip-flopped on his decision to not attend the Royal Wedding, saying he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the Royal Family after it emerged he staged photographs with a paparazzi agency.
Thomas Markle Jr also told The Mirror: ‘I wrote to Kensington Palace months ago asking for their aid. We’ve all been so overwhelmed by the attention and have found it difficult living under such scrutiny
He had also suggested that Meghan’s mother, his ex-wife Doria Ragland, should walk down the aisle.
After last night’s car crash, Samantha’s boyfriend told website TMZ that a photographer’s car veered in front of them – forcing him to swerve left and crash into a concrete barrier.
Mark said Samantha, who has multiple sclerosis, was left with a twisted and backwards-facing foot after striking the windshield and falling to the floor mat.
Mark then rushed her to hospital in the car, he said.
Earlier on Wednesday Ms Ragland, 61, received truly royal treatment today as she flew into Heathrow’s ultra-luxurious VIP Windsor suite before being whisked away under police escort.
She landed in London on Wednesday afternoon following a near 11-hour flight from Los Angeles.
The yoga instructor arrived in lieu of Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who was reported to have said yesterday he can not attend his daughter’s wedding.
After arriving at Heathrow, Thomas’ ex-wife Doria was given every perk of being a royal as she was greeted at the steps of her plane by a Jaguar, part of the royal fleet, and driven to the private Windsor Suite.
Meghan’s personal assistant, Amy Pickerill, greeted Doria alongside an immigration officer, who quickly stamped her passport, while a place aide collected her bags — including her Burberry wedding outfit.
She was whisked off for an emotional reunion with her daughter and is expected to meet the senior royals ahead of the big day on Saturday.
Ms Ragland will stay with the bride at Cliveden House the night before the nuptials, and then travelling with her to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on the day.
The five star mansion, near the village of Teplow on the border of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire is roughly 15 minutes away by car to the wedding venue.
Doria’s arrival comes as Meghan’s half-sister Samantha issued a ruthless attack on her.
Samantha astonishingly admitted this week that she was to blame for her father’s deal with the paparazzi agency, as she insisted it was all for the benefit of the royal family – not to rake in cash before the wedding.
Still, his family members are refusing to rule out that Thomas won’t be able to fly to the UK in time, as royal fans have taken to Twitter to call for Prince Charles to step in and walk Meghan down the aisle on Saturday.
Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland received the royal treatment today as she flew into Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite before an emotional reunion with her daughter. Pictured: Doria leaving her California house for London on Tuesday (left) and a palace aide collected Doria’s Burberry wedding outfit on Wednesday (right)
‘She’s NOT going to tell me I can’t speak about my life’: Meghan’s half-sister faces backlash after launching an astonishing attack on royal bride-to-be
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Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle was rushed to hospital by boyfriend, Mark, who said they were driving in Florida when they had a ‘paparazzi confrontation’, it was reported
Royal fans have hit out at Meghan Markle’s half-sister after she launched a stinging attack on the bride-to-be saying that she has no right to try and censor her.
Samantha Markle has given a bombshell interview to US media where she insisted she had ‘freedom of speech’ and has every right to speak out.
The mother-of-three, who has given a series of meddling media interviews in recent weeks laid into Meghan amid claims she is upset about her airing her views.
She tore into the future princess just days after wading into the fake paparazzi row when her father staged fake paparazzi shots for money.
In the explosive rant the 53-year-old said: ‘She’s not going to tell me that I can’t speak about my life’
And she fumed: ‘I’m not going to take it. She’s way out of her league to tell me that I can’t speak.’
After the astonishing clip emerged royal well-wishers blasted the 53-year-old telling her: ‘The world can’t wait for you to go away.’
Samantha, 53, told TMZ: ‘If its about my life or my father’s there is something in this country called freedom of speech.
‘She doesn’t have a copyright on that and she’s not going to tell me that I can’t speak about my life or my father’s life where its a matter of public self-defence.
‘The media is disparaging us. I’m not going to take it.
The verbal attack came as Meghan’s mother Doria touched down in the UK for an emotional reunion with her daughter as she prepares to meet the royal family for the first time, and preparations continued in Windsor for the big day on Saturday.