Word to Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Grant: Have you two ever heard the saying, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all"? If so, you seem to have forgotten that this basic rule of etiquette and human decency applies to the way you treat your half-sister, Meghan Markle, the bride-to-be of Prince Harry.
Samantha, ever since the news was confirmed back in November 2016 that your half-sibling was dating the youngest son of Princess Diana, you've reportedly referred to her as a "social climber" and claimed that her behavior is "certainly not befitting of a royal family member." You've also been spotted on Twitter questioning just about anyone who is high-profile and supports your sister; you even dared question the tennis great Serena Williams when she complimented Meghan on a well-written piece in TIME magazine. You've also suggested you'll pen a book with the title The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister.
And Thomas, you've gone from not-so-subtly suggesting that Prince Harry needs to put a ring on your half-sister's finger as soon as possible to writing the royal an open letter begging him not to marry Meghan, calling her a "jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage." To make matters even worse, you essentially pleaded with Meghan's own fiancé to share your same rotten opinion: "I'm confused why you don't see the real Meghan that the whole world now sees. Meghan's attempt to act the part of a princess like a below C average Hollywood actress is getting old."
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I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I am quite frankly fed up with this character assassination from you two. Up until now, I've done my best to be like Meghan and ignore the negativity you've been spewing for months on end. After all, it's hard to take you too seriously when you rag on her for being a "social climber" while you simultaneously beg for attention from the entire media world. (Ironic? I think so.) But the final straw for me had to be your reactions to not being invited to the royal wedding.
Thomas, you have the audacity to say, "It's very apparent that her tiny bit of Hollywood fame has gone to her head. Not to mention, to top it all off, she doesn't invite her own family and instead invites complete strangers to the wedding. Who does that?"
Excuse me, but how are you going to complain about how "jaded, shallow, and conceited" your family member is and then gripe about not being invited to said "jaded, shallow, and conceited" person's wedding all in one sitting? Let's face it: If you really thought those hateful words about her were true, you would be ecstatic to not be invited. I mean, I think most people out there would be psyched to not be invited to a wedding for someone that they thought was truly awful.
And Samantha, you have a lot of the nerve to tweet this response: "Family is family. I have an uncle I have only seen once but I would never say he is not family because we are not close. Humanitarians move forward with love and kindness especially to family. Smoke and mirrors cannot hide the elephant in the room. Out of respect, tradition, and humanitarianism, the #Markles should be invited if 2,000 complete strangers are invited. Our uncle who got her the internship, brother, me, best friend of 30 years Nikki Priddy, nephews. Fact."
Ahem, Samantha, for someone who talks a lot about respect, love, and kindness, you sure don't seem to be showing those admirable virtues you espouse on Twitter to your half-sister. It's moments like these that make it hard for me to believe that there are still people asking, "Why is Meghan Markle estranged from her sibling?" But since you started this public bashing, let's finish it once and for all: The only "elephant in the room" is how you have been consistently treating Meghan like she is not your family. And now you think you have the right to complain about not getting an invitation to a family gathering that happens to include 2,000 strangers. That's rich.
I'll sum it up this way: Just 2,000 strangers, Meghan? I'd invite 2,000,000 strangers before I invited these two. You handled them just right.