Sis­ter’s blast at Palace over miss­ing dad

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sam Green­hill and Neil Sears

THE ‘Markle de­ba­cle’ con­tin­ued yes­ter­day as the bride’s dys­func­tional fam­ily of­fered up fresh dra­mas.

Meghan’s half-sis­ter Sa­man­tha Markle launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on Kens­ing­ton Palace, while also re­port­edly suf­fer­ing a bro­ken an­kle and knee in an un­for­tu­nate car in­ci­dent with pa­parazzi in Florida where she lives.

Half-brother Thomas Markle Jr has been in Wind­sor pos­ing for pho­tos at the cas­tle and con­fess­ing to a ‘mo­ment of mad­ness’ when he re­cently penned an open let­ter to Prince Harry urg­ing him to call off the wed­ding.

And mean­while the Doo­ley clan – Meghan’s for­mer sis­terin-law Tracy Doo­ley and her grown-up sons Tyler and Thomas – were at a loose end af­ter be­ing dumped as wed­ding com­men­ta­tors by ITV show Good Morn­ing Bri­tain which had flown them to the UK.

The broad­caster is said to have ditched the idea af­ter ap­par­ently fear­ing be­ing a party to stok­ing the fam­ily feud.

In­stead the Doo­leys have ap­par­ently been try­ing to pro­mote their ‘Markle Sparkle’ brand of cannabis. Tyler, 25, runs a le­gal cannabis farm in Amer­ica. The soap opera star­ring Meghan’s es­tranged rel­a­tives – none of whom she has in­vited to the wed­ding – took a se­ries of twists yes­ter­day.

Sa­man­tha Markle, 53, who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, hit out at Kens­ing­ton Palace for not help­ing her and Meghan’s fa­ther Thomas af­ter his heart at­tack, claim­ing she had to send him money.

She said his heart con­di­tion had been ‘life-threat­en­ing’ and he needed surgery, and that after­wards she had to ‘send my fa­ther money twice by MoneyGram be­cause he needed it’.

Dis­miss­ing re­ports that Kens­ing­ton Palace had of­fered sup­port for her fa­ther in Mex­ico, she claimed: ‘That is not true or he would not have been liv­ing in his place, he’d have a re­li­able ve­hi­cle, he’d have se­cu­rity.’ Her boyfriend Mark Phillips told Amer­i­can web­site TMZ she broke her an­kle and frac­tured a knee dur­ing a car crash on Wed­nes­day evening.

He had been be­hind the wheel and was ap­par­ently try­ing to avoid a pho­tog­ra­pher’s car that had veered in front of them to take pictures. How­ever, last night Florida high­way pa­trol told Dai­ly­ they could find no record of the crash.

Mean­while in Wind­sor, Thomas Markle Jr, 51, de­clared the cas­tle a ‘stun­ning’ wed­ding venue as he posed for pho­tos for the Daily Mir­ror.

He told the news­pa­per that Kens­ing­ton Palace should have of­fered more guid­ance to the Amer­i­can fam­ily as they were thrust into the spot­light af­ter Suits ac­tress Miss Markle, 36, started dat­ing Harry.

Two weeks ago, while at ‘break­ing point’, he wrote an open let­ter telling Harry: ‘This is the big­gest mis­take in Royal Wed­ding his­tory’.

His fa­ther blamed the heart at­tack he suf­fered a week ago on the let­ter, which Thomas said he now bit­terly regrets as a ‘mo­ment of mad­ness’.

New drama: Half-sis­ter Sa­man­tha and, right, Mr Markle

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