Samantha Markle denies racism was the reason the public turned against her sister Meghan – as she begs for the Duchess to make peace with their father before he dies
- Samantha Markle, 55, slammed the Duchess of Sussex in scathing interview
- She said Harry and Meghan found it difficult to deal with public criticism
- She said she hopes Meghan and their father Thomas, 75, can reconcile soon
Samantha Markle has said racism has nothing to do with why the public turned against her half-sister Meghan.
The 55-year-old slammed the Duchess of Sussex in a scathing radio interview with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson on KIIS FM on Tuesday morning.
She said Harry and Meghan found it difficult to deal with public criticism and this was a major reason for them stepping down from royal duties earlier this month.
Samantha Markle (pictured) has said racism has nothing to do with why the public turned against her half-sister Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement in November 2017
The couple faced outcry last year after giving speeches about climate change while taking private jets and using £2.4million taxpayer money to refurbish their cottage while Meghan refused to let the public take pictures of her at Wimbledon.
Meghan also caused a stir by holding a baby shower in a US$75,000-a-night penthouse at a swanky Manhattan hotel with her celebrity friends including Serena Williams and Amal Clooney while tweeting about the urgent need to combat poverty.
Samantha Markle, who shares Meghan’s father Thomas, said it was this type of behaviour that meant Meghan fell out of favour with the public.
‘When their behavior came to illicit an angry or a controversial public response, then it became a little bit stressful for them,’ she said.
‘Clearly there were some things that happened because the public’s not stupid.
‘They were witnessing some things that they didn’t think were so cool and she didn’t step up to the plate and fix them.
‘That includes family, that includes public spending, there was a lot that happened that was attributable to behaviour.
‘It wasn’t about racism, it was about “hey you guys aren’t being cool step up to the plate and fix it”.’
Samantha, who is twice divorced and suffers multiple sclerosis, has been estranged from Meghan for more than a decade and was not invited to the royal wedding.
Samantha Markle, who shares Meghan’s father Thomas (pictured), said it her behaviour that meant Meghan fell out of favour with the public
Asked if there was any chance of her reuniting with her sister, she said: ‘I didn’t feel that’s possible given that there was so much malice, there was so much attacking when it could have been nipped in the bud and we could be playing footsies under the table.’
She said she hopes Meghan and their father Thomas, 75, can reconcile before he dies.
‘He was almost a single dad to her her whole life, gave her everything. Half a million in tuition, not including clothes, books, party money, everything.
‘It’s really not right of him to die without any closure. I don’t think any father out there would be thinking this is cool.’
Jackie asked if she predicted that Meghan and Harry would step down from royal duties as they sensationally did earlier this month.
Samantha replied: ‘No but they made choices that created all of this.
‘I felt she did it to our family, she’ll do it to yours. It’s not “I told you so” it’s “hey let’s do the math”. It’s turned out that way.
‘It’s sad on one hand but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
Asked if Harry is also responsible for the the Sussexes stepping back, she said: ‘I think it takes two to tango.’
The 55-year-old slammed the Duchess of Sussex in a scathing radio interview with Kyle Sandilands (pictured) and Jackie Henderson on KISS FM on Tuesday morning