MEGHAN’S LAST-MINUTE GUEST LIST DISAS­TER!

JustJu be­fore the royal wed­ding, the stressed bride-to-be is hurt by her fam­ily’s pub­lic be­trayal

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Royal News -

Meghan Markle’s wed­ding plan­ning has gone from be­ing an ex­cit­ing, joy­ous oc­ca­sion to a right royal night­mare as she con­tin­u­ally faces the wrath of rel­a­tives she’s snubbed from the wed­ding guest list. The bride-to-be se­cretly jet­ted home to the US to fi­nalise her UK visa ap­pli­ca­tion, but sources tell Wo­man’s Day she used the op­por­tu­nity to con­front sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers af­ter they went pub­lic about not be­ing in­vited to watch her marry Prince Harry, 33. Her half-sis­ter Sa­man­tha Grant has been forth­right in her crit­i­cism of Meghan since she started dat­ing Harry and is pen­ning a tell-all book ti­tled The Di­ary Of Princess Pushy’s Sis­ter. She calls it “poor taste” that “no one” in the fam­ily was asked to the wed­ding, while more than 2500 strangers were in­vited.

FAM­ILY FALL­OUT

Meghan’s cousin Tr­ish Gallup also says the fam­ily was “hurt and sad­dened” to be left off the list for the Windsor wed­ding. It’s un­likely Meghan, 36, would want her half-brother Thomas Markle Jr at the event, given his ar­rest in Jan­uary 2017 for al­legedly threat­en­ing his girl­friend Dar­lene Blount with a gun dur­ing a drunken brawl. And last week, Thomas, 51, only widened the rift when he ac­cused Meghan of cast­ing aside her fam­ily and “act­ing phoney” in her new royal life. “Meg likes to por­tray her­self as a hu­man­i­tar­ian, a peo­ple per­son and a char­i­ta­ble per­son but she’s none of those things to her fam­ily,” Thomas said. “She’s giv­ing the great­est per­for­mance of her life.” Re­veal­ing he spent a lot of time with the ac­tress as re­cently as 2011, Thomas says he’s con­fused as to how she’s “clearly for­got­ten her roots and her fam­ily”. “Maybe the nor­mal Amer­i­can fam­ily she has is em­bar­rass­ing to her be­cause we’re not pro­duc­ers and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers,” he said. “There’s a whole dif­fer­ent side of her that’s started to sur­face and it’s ugly to see.”

An in­sider tells Wo­man’s Day, “Meghan’s crushed so many of her rel­a­tives are of­fended they weren’t in­vited, but she’s not close to them and it would have been awk­ward to have them at her wed­ding.”

SHAM­ING & BLAM­ING

“Sa­man­tha has been bash­ing her ever since she be­came in­volved with Harry and the roy­als, even though Meghan never did any­thing to harm her,” says the source.

“Meghan’s strug­gled over this but she be­lieves she made the right de­ci­sion. Harry even told her they shouldn’t ex­pect to come.”

The source adds, “Still, it hasn’t been easy. Meghan is hurt her rel­a­tives are try­ing to shame her in the press. Part of the rea­son for her com­ing back to the States was to con­front her fam­ily and smooth over ruf­fled feath­ers. She’s hop­ing they un­der­stand and nd stop air­ing their griev­ances so pub­licly.”

Meghan flew into Chicago on April 12 with four body­guards and strolled into VFS Global bal UK Visa Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­tre, where pa­per­work ork for her Bri­tish visa was com­pleted.

Af­ter­wards, in­sid­ers say, Meghan con­tacted ted her fam­ily to try and set things straight, ad­ding, “She was nice and apolo­getic to them. She’s hop­ing things calm down now.” w.”

At the time Wo­man’s Day went to press, Meghan’s fu­ri­ous sis­ter Sa­man­tha still wasn’t back­ing down, this time lash­ing out t at Harry for sup­port­ing his fi­ancee with her wed­ding de­ci­sions. “It’s time to ‘man up’ @Hrhhen­ry­wind­sor,” she tweeted. “Shout-outs about hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism don’t work when you’re al­low­ing Meg to ig­nore the Markles.”

‘She’s not close to them and it would have been awk­ward’

Mean­while, her nephew Tyler Dooley went pub­lic with his plans to de­velop a new cannabis strain called “Markle’s Sparkles” – of which the roy­als would not ap­prove.

Dis­cus­sions about the guest list have been no end of stress for the royal bride-to-be. One of Meghan’s un­cles even went as far as to claim her dad is still in the dark about his in­volve­ment. “He hasn’t heard any­thing – he didn’t t even know if he’d be walk­ing Meghan down the aisle,” says Michael Markle.

But an in­sider tells Wo­man’s Day there’s “no way” Meghan will walk down the aisle alone. “It’s be­lieved she’s qui­etly ar­ranged for her fa­ther to fly to the UK for the wed­ding and asked him to keep it hush-hush so as not to of­fend other rel­a­tives,” says our source. “She’s close to her dad, so she’d want him to give her away.

“Of course, her mother Doria will also be there to help her get ready, and she has a close group of friends who will be there for sup­port, too. Meghan’s sorry the rest of her fam­ily aren’t happy with her de­ci­sion – but this is her wed­ding, not theirs.”

THE NEPHEW Tyler Dooley, cannabis farmer, plans to launch “Markle’s Sparkle”. THE COUSIN Tr­ish says the fam­ily is hurt­ing. THE HALF-SIS­TER HALF Sa­man­tha lashed out at Harry last week. THE HALFBROTHER Thomas says, “Meg wants to be like Diana but she’s not gen­uine like Diana.”

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