Since news of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle broke in the autumn of 2016, one family member on the former Suits actress’s side certainly hasn’t held back when it comes to sharing her views on Meghan’s royal romance: her half-sister, 52-year-old Samantha Grant.
Not only is Samantha, who has the same father as Meghan, gearing up for the publication of a tell-all book about Meghan’s upbringing, set to be titled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, she has also recently made some negative comments about her half-sister’s new public role. When Prince Harry described the royals as ‘the family Meghan]’s never had’ in a [radio interview over the Christmas period, Samantha was quick to hit back, claiming that Meghan had been ‘too busy’ to spend time with her own family. More recently, she criticised the actress her choice of gown in her engagement photos, claiming ‘if you can spend $75,000 on a dress, you can spend $75,000 on your dad,’ apparently alluding to their father’s medical bills.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'
However, in a new interview with the Mirror, Samantha seems to wish to wipe the slate clean, asking for forgiveness from Meghan and revealing that her forthcoming book is not intended as an unflattering portrayal: instead, it aims to do ‘the opposite,’ skewering the ridiculousness of ‘social perceptions and labels.’ Hmm.
‘The last time we spoke – when I heard her voice – was 2014, almost 2015,’ she told the Mirror, adding that, in light of her previous critical comments, ‘I can only say to Meg, “Forgive me.”’
When asked whether she’s likely to receive an invitation to the royal wedding, Samantha answered: ‘I don’t know… I don’t know if she’s going to feel my book is good. There’s a lot of misperception out there.’
‘I’d be lying to say I wouldn’t be hurt if I didn’t get an invite but that’s really up to her. That’s her day. It’s her special moment. And I would love to be a part of it […] It would be pleasing for us to be there and be invited. But it’s entirely her decision.'