Meghan Markle’s dodgy half-sister is writing a tell-all book & Meghan is pissed

9th Annual Young Literati Toast

Two seconds after we learned about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship, Meghan’s half-sister started giving interviews about Meghan. That happened last year, when the British papers were especially interested in any kind of dirt on this American who was trying to make off with the ginger royal jewels. Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Grant was all too willing to sell her story to anyone, and I would imagine that she raked in some tidy sums by telling the British press that Meghan is “shallow, narcissistic and selfish” and more.

Well, why would Samantha just be content to give interviews when she could cash in on a tell-all book? That’s exactly what Samantha is going to do: write some cheesy, cheap book in what will be a naked cash grab. E! News has a source – which is interesting, right? – who claims that Meghan is completely f–king over her half-sister’s drama at this point. Notice how the source just goes on and on in a really personal way, almost as if Meghan Markle sent an email to E! News with these quotes.

“Samantha Grant doesn’t have a relationship with Meghan Markle and she never has,” the source tells E! News. “As they were 17 years apart, they were never raised in the same house. Meghan was raised an only child by her loving parents.”

As rumors begin to swirl that an engagement to Prince Harry could be imminent, the source says Grant’s actions seem to be taking “advantage” of Markle.

“This woman who she hardly knows, who has had a lifelong history of lying and manipulation is setting her sights on her for no reason,” the source tells us. “In their very limited contact, Meghan has never been anything but nice to her and for the majority of those interactions, Meghan was just a little girl. This is an old, jealous woman (she is in her 50s! who does this in their 50s?) doing anything she can to take advantage of the situation to sell lies for money and fame. Meghan has never done anything to her and continues to take the high road.”

E! News has reached out to Grant for comment. Grant recently changed her last name to Markle, which our source says indicates a desire to get to know the activist.

“Recently Samantha changed her name from Samantha Grant to Samantha Markle. If she hates Meghan so much, why is she suddenly trying to share an identity with her?” the source mused.

Grant has spoken out on Twitter about her book and Markle, tweeting, “Maybe when she is more mature and she reads the book she’ll understand some of it. She won’t like some of it she might [sic].” But our source maintains Markle has never had a relationship with Grant, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is now wheelchair bound.

“Meghan was raised as an only child and split her time between her parents’ homes. Her parents were divorced when she was 1-and-a-half years old and she largely lived with her mom though her parents had an extremely amicable relationship and co-parented often, having Sunday supper and taking vacations together,” the insider explains. “Samantha was not a part of that life and in no way shape or form did Samantha raise Meghan until she was 12. Meghan saw her on occasionally at family functions but never on a regular basis. For about two weeks when Meghan was 12, Samantha moved in with her dad (and Meghan was still splitting time between homes). She has seen her once since then. It’s been 23 years.”

[From E! News]

Yeah, I think it’s pretty clear that Samantha Grant – or Samantha Markle, as she’s creepily referring to herself nowadays – is just one of those dodgy relations looking to cash in on some family member’s royal connection. It’s very cheap and gross and it happens all the time. The Duchess of Cambridge has dodgy relations too but when you marry into the royal family, your image always gets a good whitewashing. I feel sorry for Meghan that this woman is being so gross about their connection. Now, all that being said, this E News story is fascinating on a lot of different levels, isn’t it?

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  1. Bettyrose says:

    Been dying to see this story on CB. I come from the divorce generation of Gen-xers, and half siblings we barely know are a big part of the experience. When you’re the older one, it can really hurt to see your parent provide a more privileged upbringing to a sibling who barely knows you exist. But you grow up and you deal. We all have closet skeletons. Join a support group, you know?

    • Twinkies says:

      Yes! Thank you for communicating what I have felt for many years. This same situation has created a lot of conflict and pain in my family and the younger kids (and the parents involved) don’t want to acknowledge any of this. I strugggled with it for years until I finally walked away from it all. I can’t imagine writing a book about any of my younger siblings, no matter how how big of assholes they have become. 😉

      • HappyMom says:

        Yeah-dh’s dad remarried and raised his wife’s 4 kids. Those kids got trips all over the world, private colleges, beautiful weddings. Dh and his older brother had to pay for their own educations, and their dad paid for NOTHING. They never blamed their step-siblings for any of that. They even still managed to look past the uneven treatment, and always had a relationship (albeit not close) with their father. I think it’s gross that this woman is badmouthing Meghan.

      • twinkies says:

        Similar situation around these parts. One child was from the early, first marriage and then was raised (sort of) by the step father where two more children were created. When that went pear shaped, another remarriage and two more new children. The first child from the first marriage was tossed aside and floated between relatives, friends, and couch surfed for many years while the mother focused on the new families (and the first two fathers indulged in their own addictions and selfishness). The four younger children all got free college educations, cars, trips, clothes, security, etc while the oldest child struggled to pay for their own education, rent, medical insurance, etc. Sometimes they would invite the oldest child to attend celebrations for the younger children’s achievements but oldest child couldn’t attend because they couldn’t afford to miss work or to pay for a gift. No one ever wanted to celebrate the few achievements of the oldest child. When they did, it was pathetic and oldest child paid the emotional price for demanding time and energy from the new family. When the oldest child confronted the mother about the disparity in treatment, oldest child was always told that the new husband didn’t want to support the oldest child and that if the oldest child said anything, it would force the husband to leave the family and plunge all of them into poverty. Three of the younger four children would make fun of the oldest child due to their poverty and life challenges. The mother and step-father would taunt and ridicule the oldest child as well.

        But good news! I can report that the oldest child broke free of these dysfunctional relationships and after many years in therapy, has a happy life with their own family and financial success.

  2. what's inside says:

    Yeah, obviously this woman who has devastating health issues is all about the money at this point in her life. I would not buy that book under any circumstances.

  3. Who ARE These People? says:

    Old in her 50s, eh? “Who does this in their 50s?” Ha, that source is YOUNG.

    They need to drop the phrase “wheelchair bound,” too.

    No comment on the family issues. There are so many members in the
    Bad Brothers and Bad Sisters Clubs.

  4. JustJen says:

    Just another moment when I’m so glad I’m an only. Geez.

  5. Cherise says:

    Well Meghan and I finally have someting in common. We both have sisters with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Although Meghan is very lucky to not have had to share a home with her narcissist, I believe she was sixteen when Meghan was born and from a different wife too. Meghan is lucky that Harry comes from line that he does. They may not be exiling and beheading each other these days but he knows all about dysfunctional families.

    • Whyme says:

      Add me to that list of Narcisstic family members. I have friends who are sooo close with their parents and siblings and just can’t understand our family dynamic. And the same goes vice versa. My mother and sister are narcissistic, bipolar and I would throw in sociopath for my sister. Anybody that hasn’t lived it has no idea. It’s a loveless, non empathetic environment. I’m so sick of seeing those memes on FB “you’ll never have anyone love you as much as your mom” or “your sister is your best friend” blech!!!!

      Just like some parents are abusive and abandon their children there are those that stick around and mentally screw with you.

      • Giddy says:

        Whyme, count me in as one who understands. My parents were so wonderful and I miss them every day. But my sister sounds like yours. She has been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. She gave my parents so much pain and seemed to enjoy it. And no, other people don’t understand why I have very little contact with her. They usually hush when I tell them that the first time she tried to kill me I was two and she was seven.😞

      • Llamas says:

        Wow, Giddy, Im so sorry!! Yikes!! It sounds like your sister has more than BPD. I have BPD and I know a ton of people that do and none of us have tried to or thought about killing anyone.

      • DiamondGirl says:

        That stuff makes me feel sick too. My sister doesn’t have any disorders – she’s just a snotty bitch who married a doctor and thinks she’s better than everyone else.

      • Giddy says:

        @Llamas, thank you. As far as I know she’s the only person I know with BPD, and I have no comparison. She is definitely the meanest person I’ve ever known, and time has not mellowed her. She is brilliant(PhD) in her field, but can’t hold a job because of her inability to get along with others. Luckily for me she lives in another state. Also, she’s scared of my husband.

      • Elizabeth says:

        This is my mother completely. She didn’t raise me, but left her mother to do it. This meant having contact with her and having to deal with her craziness. It culminated in her telling me and everyone who could hear her that she should have aborted me. Twice.

        Of course, if you ask her, she’s a great mom with a shitty, disrespectful daughter.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      DING DING DING – that bell rang for me as well. I grew up w/ a narcissistic parent and an N sibling. When I read the earlier story about Samantha accusing Meghan of being “shallow, narcissistic and selfish” – my first thought was, yeah… that smells like a dumpster full of projection to me.

      Meghan dodged a bullet in growing up away from Sam’s influence.

      Must be a point of bonding for Megs and Harry though – both have siblings that are selfish and stuck on themselves. I think Megs will be a source of strength for Harry, esp. in standing up to his family.

      I really, sincerely hope they are able to get a PR person separate from W&K and Chaz&Cam.

      • Olenna says:

        ITA with everything you said. I think Meghan was raised with a lot of love and support and is capable of giving that to a worthy partner/spouse. People saying she should have reached out to her disturbed older sister are looking for something to criticize her for and it doesn’t wash with me. Grant is old enough to be her mother, but she doesn’t seem like the type of person I’d want influencing my children. From what we know of her now, does anyone truly think she would have been a good influence on a young Meghan? And, who knows what Grant has done to slate and/or undermine Meghan in the past. I tend to believe Grant’s own mother; Grant has been a troubled, manipulative soul for a long time.

  6. V4Real says:

    Can she at least wait until Megan marries the Prince before she writes the book. Or is this a scheme for her to tarnish her sister’s name so it ruins her chance of marrying the Prince.

    Jealousy is an evil thing.

    • Craven says:

      Thats exactly what she is attempting to do. Imagine your much older sister trying to sabotage your relationship this publicly?

    • AnnaKist says:

      I could be mistaken, but it doesn’t sound as if she’s written anything yet. By the time she does write an entire book and goes through the lengthy process of publication, the wedding might well be done and dusted. That is, if there is a wedding. Nothing is set in stone, after all. Samantha Grant-Markle sounds very bitter and jealous, and feeling that way can make a person do despicable things.

    • KiddVicious says:

      Maybe she’s expecting a pay-off to NOT write the book. If Megan/Harry do get married, any salacious book is a moot point, but writing it before a wedding could cause more damage.

  7. Megan says:

    I wonder if the book will include helpful tips, like fill your ice trays before a party.

  8. Squiggisbig says:

    Whoever leaked this to E (I assume Meghan) shouldn’t have even acknowledge this woman because it just gives the book free press. I can’t imagine they really ever saw each other given the big age difference and the fact Meghan did not live with her dad full time.

  9. Cannibell says:

    So….who thinks she’ll be invited to the wedding? {ducks}

  10. LOL says:

    The most fascinating point of everything, at least for me, is how the article refers to Megan seriously it is like she sent the email to E! herself.
    While ago there were other article on people or e! , don’t remember, about “how the locals on Toronto love Megan and embraced her in the community”.
    Ok if her team and herself are going to do a PR campaign about her loving personality and princess behavior they should tone down a little bit from the trying hard approach and try to be more natural and less scripted.

    And this book will be trash without any scandalous thing to reveal, after all they were never close or had a real relationship as siblings.

    • Beth says:

      Lately there seems to be a lot of articles about Meghan that sound like they’re written by her PR team. The “Darling of Toronto ” definitely sounded like a PR kind of thing. Many from Toronto said they have no idea who she is. I never heard of her or the show she’s on until she was with Harry.

      They’re definitely pushing how wonderful and special she is too much. If they don’t keep overdoing this, maybe it wouldn’t look so obvious and silly.

    • Abby Rose says:

      I’m wondering how these obvious pr moves are playing at KP. She’s not talking about Harry or their relationship but she is definitely putting stuff out there to promote (and in this case defend) herself. She likely has an NDA so she will never talk about Harry, but she’s very, very comfortable going to the press and I wonder how the royal establishment feels about that.

    • Whaaaaaaatttt? says:

      Agree – I think most people would just roll their eyes at a tell all book. Why bring more attention to it with a flood of more PR.

      • Can'tRecall says:

        Yeah, all of this Meghan is leaking talk missed the FACT that just yesterday the HALF monster’s own mother admitted that said half monster had no real contact with Meghan and did the brother. Either could have been E’s source either way this misses the larger point.

        Harry and Meghan are on the same team. I see no push back on anything being leaked so just like he was sitting next to her when she dropped the banana pic that so upset tumblr trolls…he doesn’t seem to have an issue with any other Meghan leak…real or imagined.

      • Whaaaaaaatttt? says:

        @ Can’t Recall – Why bring up tumblr trolls all the time?

    • TryingToThink says:

      @ LOL

      Even if some members of her family aren’t exactly cream of the coffee people they are hardly murderous psychopaths. There just seems to be a parent who let down one of his children and then a family that suffered from divorce and later from a chronic disease of one of their members.
      What I find mildly amusing is this: allegedly so-perfect Meghan has no trouble trashing her own family in the press even if it is an act of pre-emptive retaliation. Shouldn’t somebody who values family not wash the family’s dirty laundry in public? Shouldn’t she have some empathy for her own sister who really did get a bad lot in life? What does Meghan want to gain? Fishing for the public’s empathy for poor poor Meggie?

  11. graymatters says:

    I’m enjoying the gossip around a royal girlfriend who hits back and openly uses the press. Does anyone else think that the language of this release is similar to Harry’s impassioned plea for politeness a few months ago?

  12. Fluff says:

    I hope she didn’t write the “source” statement because it’s so unwise, but on the other hand I love the idea of a member of the RF who says what they think uncensored and flies off the handle and sends emails written in the heat of the moment.

  13. Bonobochick says:

    Her sister reads like a bitter, deranged pill.

  14. All_Damn_Day says:

    I have an older (12 years) half-sister who clearly resented my (relatively) drama-free relationship with our father, even after my parents seperated. Let me tell you, she has NEVER gotten over it, and she is in her 50s. The struggle is real!

  15. Harla Jodet says:

    This behavior by Ms Grant/Markle says more about the type of person she is, than anything bad she could say about Meghan.

  16. QQ says:

    Let’s Discuss: Who’d Be your Dodgy relative if you hit it Big??: I have a Cousin That is always super Inappropriate and low key slobbery… Also Probably my mom, cause she never misses a Bad -Mouthing Q Party

  17. Hiccup says:

    I’m not a fan of miss Markle or Harry but this is such nonsense. I worked for a woman who had severe ms for four years (also wheelchair bound) and Ms sufferers can unfortunately get extremely mean to their relatives and next to kin because of the brain damage the disease does. It doesn’t happen to everyone but I’ve known several people with severe Ms to lose all empathy and compassion for the people around them, making the disease very hard on the family. I wouldn’t take this sister seriously she’s not in her right mind.

    • Amelie says:

      Interesting. My cousin’s girlfriend’s mom has MS and while I’ve never met the mom, his girlfriend and my cousin have explained to me that the mom, who is also wheel-chair bound, is not the easiest to put up with. Her parents are married but are not living together full-time because the mom is very difficult and my cousin’s girlfriend will go up to see her in upstate NY to visit her on weekends pretty regularly but never stays longer than 24 hours. Apparently her older brother was living with the mom full-time to take care of her but it got to be too much for him to be a caretaker so he ended up moving out. So I believe that people’s personalities change with degenerative auto immune disorder. Not that surprising considering your mobility and independence are stripped away from you gradually, that would definitely affect a person’s mental state.

      However, even if MS sufferers do become mean and spiteful, it doesn’t justify Meghan’s sister to write a tell-all book that nearly no one will buy because nobody cares about a resentful older half-sister who barely has a relationship with Meghan to begin with. I don’t care how much your brain is addled. Having MS isn’t an excuse to be an idiot.

      • TryingToThink says:

        @ Amelie

        “Having MS isn’t an excuse to be an idiot.”

        Chronic diseases wear out patients. They change a lot. My physiotherapist told me this: a lot of chronically sick people get depressed and find that their situation is very unfair. They get a disease by chance and that simply slows them down and does even prevent them from living their life somewhat similar as the healthy people. And with chronic diseases like MS it won’t ever get better.
        One must not dismiss such circumstances. I doubt that most people would be in good spirits under such conditions.

        Last but not least: MS is an expensive disease especially when the patient needs a lot of help from carers. Perhaps Samantha does simply need the money. I wouldn’t judge her too hard over this. Apparently she suffered from her parents divorce and lost both emotional and financial support from one parent. Apparently Meghan got that support. That makes people jealous. Also why not blame the parent of Meghan and Samantha? That parent who apparently didn’t create healthy family relations with his new family and Samantha!!?? I mean apparently there is a parent who did forget about Samantha, right?

  18. Elaine says:

    Whoa on the ‘old woman’ talk there, Megs. (cause I do think this source is Meg Sparkles).

    Being ‘old’ is not a moral failing. Its just what happens if you don’t keel over first. If you are lucky, LUCKY, you will make it to 50. (After all, whats the alternative?)

    What her sister is doing is gross, but not unexpected. There’s always a dodgy family member, lurking in the background, hoping for riches and fame off of the Royal connection.

    Its all part of the wonderful process known as ‘Royal tiara-acquisition’. Hold on Megs, its gets worse ;-)

    • Dally says:

      I think the reference to being “old” was more about the lack of accompanying maturity than to imply that there is anything wrong with aging itself.

      • Sarah says:

        I didn’t read it that way. I read it exactly the way it was written. 50s is old. Considering Harry’s mother would be my age right now, 55, if she hadn’t died, Megs should watch who she calls old. IF it is meghan, and we don’t know that it is, she sounds like an immature jerk herself.

      • bitchy says:

        I think Meghan is trying to imply that her sister is so so old that there was never any chance of them to get close.
        Which is bullsh*t of course. A 17 years older sister would usually visit her father even when he is divorced from the mother – at least that is the case when healthy family relations exist.
        Also most people do take an interest in unknown family members. Curiosity. I doubt Meghan never wanted to meet her older sister.

        Perhaps Samantha simply needs more money. MS patients need more and more care and carers and that is expensive. I think to some degree it is even morally justified: Samantha’s father didn’t support Samantha neither financially nor emotionally. And now she claws back what he ows her.


  19. TryingToThink says:

    “Samantha Grant doesn’t have a relationship with Meghan Markle and she never has,” the source tells E! News. “As they were 17 years apart, they were never raised in the same house. Meghan was raised an only child by her loving parents.”

    Quite frankly:

    Just because siblings are 17 years apart that does hardly mean they never lived under the same roof nor does it mean they didn’t have a relationship. Or did Samantha Grant not visit her parent when she was around 20??? Most 20 years old adults do regularly visit their parents and most parents encourage visits. Or was the family already broken by then?
    My impression was that Samantha is the older child who lost a parent through divorce and likely she lost a lot of support (emotional and financial) through that divorce. Meghan’s attitude does somewhat support that point of view. Meghan is quite dismissive about her own sister, isn’t she?

    Additionally: If Meghan or her allies wrote this to a newspaper I doubt that Meghan has a lot of family sense. Because that text tries to knee-jerk Samantha. And what for? Even Samantha’s interviews can be questioned as the British tabloids love to trash Americans and it is likely they made Samantha’s statement much worse than they actually were. Sarcasm doesn’t translate well into print, for example.
    Ad what about Merkle?
    Yes, sometimes family members can be a pain in the /proverbial three letters/. But if you don’t try to solve such a conflict peacefully then what does that tell about you?

    Finally: Perhaps Meghan’s sister Samantha has some good information about Meghan. As Meghan would be supported by the taxpayer for the rest of her life if she marries Harry I think the public has the right to know.

    • Can'tRecall says:

      Yeah, only what you or I thing really doesn’t matter. What matters is what is/was. Mrs Grant’s mother went on the record to say she had no real relationship with Meghan and that she has always resented her to the point of telling others that Meghan’s mom was her father’s maid.

      All things considered I think she is just a sad bitter toxic racist who suffers from the same condition as many of the tumblr trolls who have nothing better to do than whinge impotently about a person they will never know and a relationship they have no control over.

      • bitchy says:

        What was or is doesn’t matter as much as Meghan’s family’s attitude: Why not put that nasty divorce behind and try to make up with the rest of the family? it was the parents’ fault that the family relations got so bad.

        As an MS patient she will need a lot of money and she likely isn’t in good spirits. MS is like a very slow slow death. so yeah, I have some sympathy for her.

  20. Leslie says:

    From what I’ve read about this family it sounds like the father ditched his first family to build a new one with Meghan and her mom. And then even after he divorced Meghan’s mom he still co-parented and had a relationship with her and Meghan in a way he didn’t with his first ex-wife and those kids. So the father is a bit of an a-hole and I understand why the Grant woman would still be pissed about it. I do think Grant is acting like an a-hole here. But the “source” in E’s article also sounds like an a-hole, and makes Meghan seem like an a-hole. So really, no one looks good here.

    • TryingToThink says:

      Nobody does look good there! That is why you shouldn’t wash your family’s dirty laundry in public!

      Just adding: While the Grant woman is suffering from Multiple sclerosis and Meghan is about to marry rich and be set for life.

  21. Shannon says:

    It’s a complicated thing and I feel for her. I have older half-siblings, and I could totally see one of them doing something like this. Not easy, any way you look at it.

  22. suze says:

    Some of the PR coming out this relationship is ridiculous. But since we don’t know who is actually behind it, I am going to assume good intent and move on.

    • bitchy says:

      It was a far cry from the position taken by Kyle and Jackie O’s stablemates Hughesy and Kate during their interview with her yesterday afternoon.

      Hughesy fired up at news Markle hasn’t seen Grant since 2008, despite the fact her sibling is wheelchair-bound with MS.
      That website takes a fare more balanced and nuanced view by weighting the pros and cons. See:

      “I’m not happy with that. You’re a paralysed veteran. Your sister hasn’t even bothered to visit her paralysed sister for nine years!” he exclaimed. “There’s nothing more important than family. And she can afford to fly around the world at the drop of a hat, and to not even visit your sister …”

      He later added: “She’s blanked her sister, who needs her, basically.”

      Grant also revealed Markle had “believed the tabloids” and was furious about rumours of the tell-all book, but hadn’t actually contacted her directly.

      “I haven’t heard from anyone,” she said.

  23. RiotAct says:

    I learned from a Mental Health First Aid course that behavioral change is a flag for mental health issues.

    Interestingly, Samantha’s own mother and brother indicated that she has always trash talked her mom and siblings, and has been a “pain in the ass” her whole life.

    That to me sounds like Samantha has a nasty character, and not a result of MS affecting her behavior.

    Sadly she found her platform in social media and the media is more than happy to amplify her grievances, whether perceived or real.

    Reading between the lines from what Samantha, her mom and bro said, It also didn’t appear that the dad abandoned his children from the first marriage. It was Samantha who freely left because she did not want to live with a baby and she also said that she has a good relationship with her dad.

    I have an Aunt who used her cancer to get a lot of money out of my mom and her siblings. Turned out she pocketed the money and wasn’t getting the level of medical treatment she claimed because it was’t grave as she claimed it to be. And when my mom realized that she had been duped and wanted to put a stop to her generous open chequebook, guess what, she got so much abuse from my Aunt for months that we had to cut ties with my Aunt. Perhaps I am projecting here, but I Can no longer give someone an absolute benefit of the doubt nor let their sustained abuse roll just because Of their health.

  24. Kayla says:

    1. I can’t believe people’s feathers are ruffled over the 50 is old thing like, don’t delude yourselves. 50 is old to Hollywood, it’s old to kids and if you can make it to the age of 100, it means your halfway to your death when you’re 50, that’s why the term ‘midlife crisis’ exists, b/c that age (40 – 60) is a reminder to how close to death you are, how much yku haven’t achieved despite your life being half way over.

    2. You’d have to be a bit dumb to think Meghan wrote this response, uh sorry it sounds like a fan/stan trying to ‘set the record straight’, if you don’t think gossip mags (or in general journalism especially in age of social media) won’t talk to fans and then use them as a “source” you’re naive; If you think everything that is positive that comes out is from Meghan’s PR, then you’re daft since most of it is regurgitated mess being used for click bait.

    3. Anybody feeling sorry for this chick either is not knowledgeable on the situation or they are freaking gullible people who can be easily taken advantage of. If Samantha’s own mother, the person who gave birth to her, if her own brother, the person she actually grew up with, and her own kids, the people she raised all say she a liar, then we’ve gone past smoke, there is fire and only questionable people would ignore the flames.