After everything Samantha Markle has said about her estranged sister, The Duchess of Sussex, did you think she’d have something snarky to say now that the world knows Meghan is pregnant? Some nickname for the royal baby, perhaps, or a snide remark about Prince Harry‘s swimmers. Well, when it comes to kids, that might be where Sam draws the line. Sort of.
“It just makes everything that happened over the last year disappear,” Markle told The Sun. “I want Meghan to be happy and calm and have peace. Everybody needs to be positive.”
That … wasn’t awful. Right? Many would say that if Samantha just left well enough alone and stopped talking to the media, Meghan would be surrounded by all kinds of good vibes. And they wouldn’t be wrong. But because it’s Samantha we’re talking about, she couldn’t help but interject a few not-so-positive, even vaguely threatening words.
“I would hope that — for the sake of the baby, the family, the world and my dad — that leaving him out of the statement was not intentional,” she continued. “I hope my dad is included and at a proper time. If he is excluded, I won’t be happy. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included.”
Markle added, “A baby changes everything and softens everyone. I would only hope that there would be some adjustment or some way of including him.”
Uh-huh. And in case you didn’t catch her drift, she kept going, making what began as a decently human statement become uncomfortable.
“I think we all have to safeguard against any negative or hurt feelings and just work towards a positive, joyous new life in the world,” she insisted. “At a proper time, there should be a sit-down wherein everyone can address this properly. Everything has to work itself out.”
She further punctuated her point, “I want to allow Meg and Harry to bring my dad into it in their own appropriate time because they very well should do. Although I can still say I love my sister, I wasn’t happy with the way my father was being treated. But, you know, we’re also seeing now that there was a lot going on — there may have been a lot of stress. I’m not saying that’s an excuse for not communicating with my dad, but maybe she wanted to wait until the exact right moment. I don’t want Meg to feel any stress and I want my dad to feel happy and I think all things will come full circle.”
Ahh, there’s the Samantha we know and well, you know. It started off OK, Sam lulling us all into a false sense of security, then — BAM! She hits Meghan with some thinly veiled threats. She may as well have added “or else” to the end of it all. It’s understandable that Samantha is feeling protective of their dad, Thomas Markle, but he’s a grown man who can speak for himself (which we’ve seen him do, time and time again). This time, though, he only had sweet, grandfatherly words to say.
“Thomas is absolutely delighted,” a source told The Sun. “He heard the news before it was made public and was overjoyed. He thinks Meghan will make a great mum as she is already so maternal.”
The insider added: “Thomas sees this as a chance to fix the problems between him, Meghan and Harry. He is desperate to be there for his grandchild and wants to play an active role in their life.”
If Thomas could keep his comments succinct and simply state his delight in this joyful situation, then perhaps he and Meghan have a chance at a healthy relationship. But if he goes the way of his other daughter and rambles on and on, then his role as grandpa might be a distant one. Admittedly, Thomas has managed to stay out of the spotlight for a few weeks now. Maybe he’s realized that less is more. If only Samantha could see it too.