Noel Rasmussen, 19, has said the sniping at the bride-to-be is ‘ripping the Markles apart’
Meghan Markle’s teenage niece has leapt to the defence of her aunt as relatives desperately squabble for an invite to the Royal wedding next month.
Noel Rasmussen, 19, has said sniping at the bride-to-be is ‘ripping the family apart’ and has called for the Markles to have a truce and support the Suits actress on her big day.
Ms Rasmussen’s mother, Samantha, is Meghan’s half-sister and recently accused the actress and Prince Harry of ‘inviting complete strangers’ to the Royal wedding over ‘her own family’.
The anthropology student is estranged from her mother Samantha, and lives with her grandmother, Roslyn Markle, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The teenager said she thinks the ‘craziness’ her family is experiencing will die down soon and wounds will be healed.
‘It’s in Meghan’s nature to be a good person and she won’t want any bad feelings. I think she is doing the best she can in the public eye’ she told the Sunday Mirror.
‘I’ve always really looked up to her, like a big sister I never had. She took me shopping for kids books and clothes.
‘She taught me how important it was to read books. She’s kind, genuine, very thoughtful and warm’ she added.
Ms Rasmussen also said she was ’embarrassed’ by the way her mother and other relatives had treated Meghan since the news of the engagement broke.
Samantha Grant, who shares a father with half-sister Meghan, said the former Suits actress should have invited several family members ‘out of respect’.
‘At issue is not a matter of closeness as more than 1,000 complete strangers are invited,’ she tweeted.
‘Family is family. I have an uncle I have only seen once by I would never say he is not family because we are not close. Humanitarians move forward with love and kindness especially to family.’
Ms Grant, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, later changed her profile picture to a snap of her and Meghan together when they were younger.
Family: Noel Rasmussen (right) now lives with her grandmother Rosyln Markle. Both women are estranged from Samantha Grant. Her daughter says Samantha is motivated by jealousy
She then added: ‘Smoke and mirrors cannot hide the elephant in the room. Out of respect, tradition and humanitarianism, the #Markles should be invited if 2,000 complete strangers are invited.
‘Our uncle who got her the internship, brother, me, best friend of 30 years Nikki Priddy, nephews. Fact.’
But Ms Rasmussen has previously said her mother’s vendetta against Meghan Markle is fuelled by hate as is her plan to write a tell-all book about their shared childhood.
Last week, Ms Rasmussen told the Mail: ‘When [Meghan] started dating Prince Harry, [Grant] got an interest in Meghan which she had never had before.
‘She wanted to be nice, to be friends, to say how much she loves her sister – but after years of telling me and the rest of the family how much she hates Meghan, how much of a narcissist Meghan apparently is and what a horrible woman Meghan is, which isn’t true at all.’
‘Of course my mother doesn’t like Meghan. This she’s told me starting from a very early age,’ she said.
‘She hasn’t liked Meghan since essentially she was born. She’s told me stories about how she didn’t want her around and how she never asked for Meghan.
‘She’s just been overall jealous of Meghan as soon as she got famous and began taking jobs like, for example, [Beverly Hills] 90210. And of course, when she got Suits, that set her off.
‘After however many years, she’s just completely bashed Meghan, said the most horrible things about her to the entire family, and just been completely jealous of her.
‘She hasn’t shown her any type of love or appreciation unless she wants money. That’s it.’
Last night, Meghan’s uncle accused the Royal bride-to-be of deepening an undignified family rift by failing to invite close relatives to her wedding.
Retired US diplomat Michael Markle said he was hurt by the snub and the ‘indifference’ shown by Prince Harry’s fiancee, adding: ‘It’s uncalled for.’
Michael, the brother of Meghan’s father Tom, said he felt particularly upset as he had helped his niece get her first job. His other brother Fred, a bishop, has also been left off the guest list, as has Joseph Johnson, Meghan’s uncle on her mother’s side.
None of Meghan’s half-siblings, aunts or cousins has been invited either, emphasising the growing family divide.
Meghan Markle has angered family members by not inviting them to the wedding
However, according to a Palace source, the list of 600 guests does include several star names, including the celebrity vet who treated Meghan’s dog. And all of Harry’s aunts and uncles – Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne – will be there.
Last night Michael, 78, who had a distinguished 19-year US government career, told The Mail on Sunday how he helped Meghan get a job at the American embassy in Argentina in 2001 when she was just 20 – a position she later boasted about in interviews.
‘I knew the ambassador and I asked him if he could help, as her application was a little on the late side,’ he said. ‘That’s why I don’t understand why she has been so indifferent towards me. It’s uncalled for. I helped her out and I didn’t ask for anything in return.
‘I’m upset and surprised about not being selected but if they don’t want me there, then I don’t want to go.
‘This whole invitation thing has not been played out very well. I never did anything to embarrass Meghan. It seems to me they handled the arrangements poorly.
‘It was not well thought-out because no Markles I know are going to the wedding, although you’d expect the bride’s father to be there. I’m disappointed, but I hope she has a good wedding.’
Michael’s daughter Trish Gallop, 58, added: ‘People usually invite their families to weddings, whether they are close or not. I would have loved to have given her my best wishes. We as a family are very saddened that we won’t be there to witness her beautiful celebration.’
The comments came amid growing disquiet about the wedding plans and who is ‘in’ and ‘out’.
Among those The Mail on Sunday understands are attending are TV ‘supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick, former England football captain David Beckham and his wife Victoria, and tennis legend Serena Williams.
Victoria Beckham declined to confirm if she and her husband were going, while Prof Fitzpatrick, who treated Meghan’s beloved beagle Guy when he broke his legs, said: ‘No comment.’ However, Palace insiders say he is on the list.
The main cast members of Suits, the legal drama that propelled Meghan to fame, have been invited, a source close to the show said, adding: ‘They are thrilled. Everyone is planning their outfits but we’re all sworn to secrecy.’
Last week, Meghan’s half-brother, Tom Markle Jnr, spoke of how relatives were angry not to be invited. ‘She’s torn our entire family apart,’ he raged. ‘She’s clearly forgotten her roots.’ And his sister Samantha tweeted: ‘It’s time to ‘man up’ @HRHHenryWindsor. Shout outs about humanitarianism don’t work when you are allowing Meg to ignore the Markles.’
Saddened: Michael Markle says he is disappointed not to be invited to the wedding of his niece Meghan
Meghan’s uncle Fred, a 72-year-old bishop at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel in Sanford, Florida, declined to comment, but his brother Michael said he was not going: ‘He would have told me if he had been invited.’
Meghan’s father, who lives in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, was photographed working out last week in anticipation of walking his daughter down the aisle, and her mother Doria will definitely be there.
But Doria’s half-brother Joseph Johnson, 68, said ruefully: ‘We’re not invited unless our invitation got lost in the mail.’
Doria’s half-sister Saundra has not been invited either. She declined to comment on the snub.
Others not invited include Meghan’s nephews Tyler and Thomas Dooley and their mother Tracy, who was married to Tom Jnr.
Anglican writer and broadcaster Anne Atkins said: ‘A Christian wedding is a public event with the couple making a commitment in front of others. So ideally it should be a celebration to include as much of the family as possible, regardless of personal likes or dislikes.
‘After all, family and friends will be the ones to support them in their future together.’
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Meghan bragged about her embassy experience, saying: ‘I hated the idea of being this cliche, a girl from LA who decides to be an actress.
‘I wanted more than that and I had always loved politics so… applied for an internship [and] ended up working in the embassy in Buenos Aires for a few months.’
Kensington Palace officials have always maintained that both Meghan’s mother and father would be attending the wedding but refused to be drawn on other relatives, or whether her father would walk her down the aisle.
A source close to Meghan argued that as her parents divorced when she was two, she was effectively raised an only child, and was not close to her extended family, some of whom she had not spoken to in more than a decade. But Meghan’s half-sister Samantha said: ‘I last spoke to Meghan in 2014. It’s not a matter of closeness as 1,000 strangers are invited. Family is family.’
Additional reporting by Samantha Lawton in Florida
Fame beats family: The guest list secrets
Six hundred guests are going to the wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and will attend a lunch hosted by the Queen at St George’s Hall. Two hundred will be invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles.
But while relatives including Meghan’s uncles Fred Markle and Joseph Johnson as well as half-brother Tom Jnr and ex-wife Tracy have not been invited, a galaxy of stars from both sides of the Atlantic have made the cut, alongside a host of Royal relatives.
The Mail on Sunday understands the in-crowd includes former Miss World-turned-Bollywood-actress Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the bride-to-be. Meghan’s Suits co-stars Sarah Rafferty, Patrick Adams, Rick Hoffman, Gina Torres and Gabriel Macht are confirmed as guests, alongside Canadian wedding planner and stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The celebrity vet, Noel Fitzpatrick, who treated her dog, is attending, according to a source. And David and Victoria Beckham will be there.
The Royals will be out in full force too: Prince Charles and Camilla; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William is expected to be best man); Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; Prince Edward and wife Sophie; Princess Anne and her children Zara and Peter Phillips with their spouses.
Even Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is believed to have been given an invitation.
But apart from Meghan’s father Tom Markle, whom she calls her ‘rock’, and social worker mother Doria Ragland, none of her close Markle relatives are invited.
The Clooneys make the cut – and she’s even using Amal’s crimper
By Katie Hind
They have secured the hearts of two of the world’s most eligible bachelors.
Now Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle have something else in common – as The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Royal bride-to-be is to use the human rights lawyer’s favourite hairdresser for her wedding.
Meghan has hired celebrity stylist Miguel Perez, who charges £180 for a cut and blow dry, after a personal recommendation from Mrs Clooney, who will be attending the big day with husband George.
Spanish-born Perez, who also created a plaited updo for Millie Mackintosh’s wedding to rapper Professor Green, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Yes, I do Meghan’s hair. I do Amal’s, and Meghan is friends with her. I also do George’s, I do the whole family. Amal put Meghan and me together when she moved here. I do her colour, her cut and her styling.
Amal Clooney and stylist Miguel Perez. Perez styled Amal for a recent Vogue magazine cover shoot at her Berkshire home
‘We have talked about it [the wedding] and we have a plan. I can’t say any more but we know what we’re doing.’
Perez styled Amal for a recent Vogue magazine cover shoot at her Berkshire home, telling his 1,700 Instagram followers: ‘Very proud to work with this amazing inspirational woman.’
Perez, who works at John Vial’s Salon Sloane in Chelsea, is also friends with Meghan’s confidant, the Soho House executive Markus Anderson. Until the end of last year, Perez had his own salon at The Ned, part of the Soho House empire.
Perez’s tips include eating a muffin while waiting for a hair mask to set in, and tells his clients when their hair is finished: ‘Walk outside. Try to avoid paps. This is your life now. With great hair comes great responsibility.’