Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha slams her Oprah interview

Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha has slammed the royal’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying ‘the truth was totally ignored and omitted’ while providing photos and documents to disprove the Duchess of Sussex’s claims. 

The 56-year-old also admitted that she has no sympathy for Meghan, 39, in the wake of the Duchess revealing that she had battled suicidal thoughts – instead accusing her of using her ‘depression as an excuse for treating people like dishrags’.  

In newly-released footage from Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive CBS interview, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex told Oprah, 67, that Samantha ‘doesn’t know’ her, claiming she was raised as ‘an only child’ – but her half-sister insisted that couldn’t be further from the truth.  

‘I don’t know how she can say I don’t know her and she was an only child. We’ve got photographs over a lifespan of us together. So how can she not know me?’ she told Inside Edition.

Fury: Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha has slammed the Duchess' interview with Oprah - and accused her of using her 'depression' as an 'excuse to treat people like dishrags'

Fury: Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha has slammed the Duchess' interview with Oprah - and accused her of using her 'depression' as an 'excuse to treat people like dishrags'

Fury: Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha has slammed the Duchess’ interview with Oprah – and accused her of using her ‘depression’ as an ‘excuse to treat people like dishrags’ 

Clapback: In new footage from the interview that was shared on Monday morning, Meghan was seen insisting that her half-sister 'doesn't know her'

Clapback: In new footage from the interview that was shared on Monday morning, Meghan was seen insisting that her half-sister 'doesn't know her'

Clapback: In new footage from the interview that was shared on Monday morning, Meghan was seen insisting that her half-sister ‘doesn’t know her’  

When Oprah had asked Meghan about Samantha’s tell-all book The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, the Duchess retorted: ‘I think it would be very hard to tell all when you don’t know me.’

The expectant mom said that she had grown up ‘an only child’ and claimed she hadn’t seen her half-sister in nearly two decades. 

However, Samantha provided photos that show them together throughout the years, including one of them at her college graduation in 2013. 

The Duchess also claimed that Samantha only changed her surname back to Markle after Meghan struck up a romance with Harry – suggesting that her half-sister was trying to capitalize on the public interest in her name. 

‘She changed her last name back to Markle… only when I started dating Harry. So I think that says enough,’ she said. 

But Samantha insisted that this claim was wholly inaccurate, and shared further evidence to refute it. 

‘I was a Markle before she was,’ she said. ‘I though that was kind of weird that she would say I only changed my name back when she met Harry. Markle has always been my name.’ 

Meghan also distanced herself from her half-sister Samantha, who has released a 'tell-all' book about their relationship

Meghan also distanced herself from her half-sister Samantha, who has released a 'tell-all' book about their relationship

Meghan also distanced herself from her half-sister Samantha, who has released a ‘tell-all’ book about their relationship 

Samantha then showed Inside Edition her petition to change her name that was dated back to December 1997 and her college diploma, which says Samantha M. Markle. 

She also didn’t have any sympathy for Meghan being suicidal   

‘Depression is not an excuse for treating people like dishrags and disposing of them,’ she said.   

The clip from Meghan’s interview also saw her talk about her father Thomas, who is also Samantha’s father. 

She said she cannot fathom hurting her son Archie the way her own father ‘betrayed’ her before the royal wedding, admitting she ‘found it hard to reconcile’ with Thomas after he insisted that he had not been speaking to the media.

‘I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child,’ she said. 

Meghan drew a contrast with her mother Doria Ragland, who she praised for remaining ‘in silent dignity for four years’.p.  

The tension between the Markles was addressed in unaired sections of the Sussexes CBS sit-down with Oprah, who probed about her relationship with Thomas. 

Thomas was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle in May 2018 but pulled out of the ceremony following health problems.

The two were also engaged in a row about him speaking to the press. 

Oprah asked: ‘Did it feel like betrayal when you found that your father was working with the tabloids?’ 

After weighing up if she was ‘comfortable’ delving into the issue, Meghan said her father had assured he had ‘absolutely not’ spoken to the press. 

A young Meghan is pictured with her father Thomas Markle, who she said ‘betrayed’ her

She said: ‘If we’re going to use the word betrayal it’s because when I asked him, when we were told by the comms team this was a story that was going to be coming out which, by the way, the tabloids had apparently known for a month or so and decided to hold until the Sunday before our wedding because they wanted to create drama, which is also a key point in all this, they don’t report the news, they create the news. 

‘We called my dad, and I asked him, and he said no, absolutely not. 

I said, you know, the institution has never intervened for anything for us, but they can try to go in and kill this story. But if they do this once, we’re not going to be able to use that same leverage to protect our kids one day. 

She added: ‘I said we won’t be able to protect our own kids one day, and I said, I just need you to tell me. If you tell me the truth, we can help. 

‘And he wasn’t able to do that. And that for me has really resonated, especially now as a mother.’ 

Meghan went on: ‘And also me saying just full stop, if we use this to protect you, we won’t be able to protect our own children one day, I’m talking about your grandchildren. 

‘I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I go I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child. I can’t imagine it. So it’s hard for me to reconcile that.’ 

Meghan also said that despite her sister Samantha releasing a book about her, she ‘doesn’t know her’ and they’ve never been close.

Samantha’s autobiography, titled ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One, goes into detail about their childhood.

But the Duchess said: ‘I don’t feel comfortable talking about people that I really don’t know. But I grew up as an only child, which everybody who grew up around me knows.’

She added she wished she had had siblings and was pleased Archie was going to have a younger sister. 

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