Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha is speaking out after reports their father Thomas Markle has dropped out of the royal wedding.
“I spoke to him early in the morning yesterday and he was quite depressed over an unbelievable series of events involving the media," Samantha told Good Morning Britain early Tuesday morning.
She had previously told media it was her idea for Markle to participate in a staged photo shoot last week -- in which he's pictured being fitted for a suit, reading royals news online and looking at travel books -- in order to portray him in a positive light. He has since been accused of profiteering off his daughter's royal fame. Kensington Palace releasing a statement that Meghan requests "understanding and respect" amid reports he has excused himself from the wedding to save his daughter and the royal family further embarrassment.
"He was living a very quiet, peaceful life," Samantha said Tuesday, describing how Thomas' life has changed since his daughter became attached to the royal family. "He wanted peace and quiet, he was avoiding the media. He had spoken with press and was doing just that. But when he calls me panicked on a freeway because he's in a dangerous situation, being followed by seven or eight cars, I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be."
Samantha went on to describe how paparazzi rented the house next to him in Mexico, where he lives. "He can't open his blinds," she said. "He can't go anywhere without being followed, and really it's quite atrocious and intrusive. And I think it's highly unethical."
She added that Markle's been feeling stress after suffering a heart attack last week, and said he had the "right to defend himself" with how he's portrayed in the media."
"It got to the point where he wanted to say 'No, they have an obligation, an ethical obligation to allow me to be portrayed as I am, living a healthy lifestyle. Not caught in unflattering positions as media vultures had done."
That's the moment host Piers Morgan took issue with Markle, using her words against her in how she's treated her estranged half-sister Meghan in the press, even writing a book she initially titled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
"You've been trashing her for two years, you little vulture," Morgan fired at Samantha.
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