‘Being excluded is like a dagger through his heart!’ Samantha Markle says her father was saddened when he saw the first picture of grandson Archie – and says Meghan’s mother could do more to heal the family rift
- Meghan Markle’s estranged sister Samantha has spoken about the ‘sad moment’ moment their father Thomas first saw photos of his new grandson, Archie
- She claims Thomas was left upset by the images, because he has been excluded from the birth of the royal baby
- Samantha believes Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, could have done more to make sure Thomas was included in the celebrations
- She says she is sending an album full of Markle family photos to baby Archie, so that he can learn about his maternal grandfather’s history in future
Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sister says that their father was left saddened when he saw the first photographs of his new grandson, Archie Harrison Windsor-Mountbatten.
In an interview with The Mirror, published on Saturday, Samantha Markle, 54, claims she called her dad Thomas, 74, in Mexico on Wednesday to discuss the iconic images, which were being beamed around the world.
‘He was sat in traffic. It was a sad moment for him,’ she revealed, adding that: ‘Being excluded is like a dagger through his heart.’
One of the pictures showed Meghan and her husband Prince Harry introducing baby Archie to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, while Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland proudly looked on.
Samantha Markle (left) has spoken with The Mirror about the ‘sad moment’ her father Thomas (right) saw the first photos of his royal grandson Archie Harrison Windsor-Mountbatten
One of the pictures showed Meghan and her husband Prince Harry introducing baby Archie to the Queen and Prince Phillip, while Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland proudly looks on
Samantha told The Mirror that she believes Doria – who was married to Thomas from 1979 until 1987 – could have made more effort in helping to include the Markle family in the special occasion.
‘Doria could have said [to Meghan] ‘Get your dad out here’. But sadly there seemed to be a lack of effort,’ she declared.
Samantha also stated that she hopes motherhood helps ‘soften Meghan’s feelings’, so that Archie can get to know his grandfather.
‘He [Thomas] is a doting granddad … He buys toys, plays creative games, he’s funny and nurturing and communicative,’ she proclaimed.
Samantha’s interview with The Mirror comes after she spoke about Archie’s birth with DailyMailTV (pictured) earlier in the week
Meanwhile, Samantha says she’s still planning on sending a Christening present to Archie, despite a long estrangement from her half-sister.
She revealed she’ll be compiling a photo album full of images of the Markle family.
‘He needs to get a wider sense of family – because he isn’t just a Mountbatten-Windsor child, he’s a Markle too,’ she asserted, adding that she believes Archie has inherited ‘the Markle nose’.
Samantha’s interview with The Mirror comes after she spoke about her new nephew’s birth with DailyMailTV earlier in the week.
Despite having not spoken to Meghan since 2008, she told DailyMailTV she hopes to be a part of Archie’s life and pointed out that the little boy is as much a Markle as he is a Windsor.
Despite having not spoken to Meghan since 2008, Samntha told DailyMailTV she hopes to be a part of her new nephew’s life and pointed out that the little boy is as much a Markle as he is a Windsor. She is pictured with Meghan in 2008
‘We’re all welcoming the baby – Markles, Raglands, Sussexes, Windsors. In terms of the gene pool, we’ve all made a contribution to this wonderful little boy who will probably grow up to be an exceptional man and we’d like to treat this as if we’re all a big family.
‘It would be nice not to react to what we’ve heard in the news but to personally meet him and let him judge us for himself.
‘We’re excited for Meg and Harry – I am really excited for her. I love her, she’s my baby sister and it doesn’t matter what we’ve all said back and forth but she’s got to do the right thing.
‘I just want to say Meg, you’ve got a world here and a family here [in the US] that’s excited for you.’
Samantha says she’s hoping motherhood helps ‘soften Meghan’s feelings’, so that Archie can get to know his grandfather. Meghan and Thomas are pictured together in the late 1990s