Becoming a celebrity can mean lots of perks, like the best seat at a restaurant, free clothes from top designers, and invites to the biggest parties of the year. It can also come with a number of drawbacks, including intense media scrutiny about your personal and professional life, privacy invasions from paparazzi, and family members selling your life story.
If you’re a celebrity and dating one of the most famous members of the Royal family? All of the above times 10.
At least, that seems to be the case for actor Meghan Markle. The Suits star and new-ish girlfriend of Prince Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, has already dealt with her share of ups and downs in the relationships, which is still under a year old. British tabloids were so relentless with Markle, including slamming the actor for having been previously married and even going as far as to frame her biracial heritage as a negative, that Harry released a public statement last year denouncing the magazines and confirming Markle’s status as his girlfriend, something he’s never done in past relationships.
Now the latest apparent attack on Markle isn’t from the press, but her own family. Markle’s half sister, Samantha Grant, is reportedly penning a tell-all book about Meghan. Grant, who is 52-years-old and suffers from multiple sclerosis, shares the same father as Meghan, though the two women, who are 17 years apart, were never raised together.
Markle’s parents divorced before Meghan was two, but the separation was amicable and the actor split her time between her parents, with the three often having Sunday night dinners and vacations together. As for Grant, she only saw Markle at family functions, but has recently changed her name to Samantha Markle, in advance of the tell-alls’ release.
A source tells E! News that Markle and Grant last saw one another when the actor was 12 and have had no contact for over two decades. “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 says, adding, “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.”
As for Samantha, she claims that her upcoming release is a ‘good book’ and not a threat. We’ll wait for the Queen’s review.
It’s not a threat it’s a fact and a good book. Just wait and see pic.twitter.com/CBljuJWtmg
— Samantha Markle (@SamanthaMGrant) April 2, 2017