Neither Meghan's father nor her half-siblings were at the royal wedding last May and all have spoken to the media on multiple occasions to both criticise the Duchess of Sussex and to ask her to reach out. However there was conflict in Meghan's family before she was even born that could still be affecting the family dynamic. It was Samantha, whose birth name was Yvonne, and Thomas Jnr who were at each other’s throats growing up.
Both are significantly older than Meghan, with Samantha being 17 when Meghan was born.
According to 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’ Samantha and Thomas Jnr were the “sibling rivals from hell”.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton explained how Samantha and Thomas Jnr’s parents split up when they were young and they initially lived with their mother, before moving to California to live with their father.
Samantha moved when she was around 14 years old and Thomas Jnr moved a few years later just in time to start High School.
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Meghan Markle's sister Samantha Markle on Channel 5 (Image: GETTY & CHANNEL 5)
Thomas Markle Snr (left) and Thomas Markle Jnr (Image: ITV / MIRROR)
Mr Morton said: “Though he still idolised his father, there was one big fat fly in the ointment of his new life – his sister Yvonne.
“They’d always fought like cat and dog – the sibling rivals from hell.”
He described several incidents during their life in California that highlight this rivalry.