Meghan Markle's estranged half-sister Samantha Grant says their father Thomas ...

Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Grant has given her first interview since the Royal and opened up on the issue of the pair's father, Thomas Markle. 

The 53-year-old spoke to Australian radio station 2DayFM, insisting that her father was still unwell following a heart attack, which forced him to miss Meghan's , and thus the chance to walk her down the aisle.

The former actress told hosts Em, Grant and Ed: 'He is recovering, still in the hospital. He certainly did have a heart attack, it was not fake'. 

Issues at home: Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Grant has given her first interview since the Royal Wedding and opened up on the issue of the pair's father, Thomas Markle

Issues at home: Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Grant has given her first interview since the Royal and opened up on the issue of the pair's father, Thomas Markle

Missing out on walking Meghan down the aisle was 'hard' for Thomas, Samantha says, but he was 'honoured' that Prince Charles stepped in. 

'It was quite difficult for him... he wanted to be there to walk her down the aisle,' the mother-of-three revealed. 

'On the other hand it was a huge honour that Prince Charles walked her down the aisle on his behalf. So it was bitter but definitely sweet at the same time,' she added. 

Samantha defended her father's decision to take part in staged paparazzi photos, which she'd advised him to do. 

Unwell: The 53-year-old spoke to Australian radio station 2DayFM, insisting that her father was still unwell following a heart attack

Unwell: The 53-year-old spoke to Australian radio station 2DayFM, insisting that her father was still unwell

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