As we reported, Meghan Markle‘s father Thomas Markle has been getting heat for allegedly working with paparazzi to stage photos for the press — and now, Meghan’s estranged half-sister Samantha Markle (who isn’t invited to the ceremony on Saturday) has named herself as the brains behind the operation!
During an appearance on British talk show Loose Women, Samantha said the motive was not financial but instead to show how hard their dad had been working to prepare for the big day.
“I have to say I am entirely the culprit. As we know the media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. I said, you know, the world has no idea you’re getting in shape, doing healthy things. They don’t photograph you buying vegetables and PH water. They photograph you as unflattering ways as they can.”
“So I said, really you need to show the world that you’re getting in shape and doing great healthy things. So I suggested it. There’s a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not. It was my suggestion that to benefit him and to benefit the royal family that everyone looked good and they depict you as you are ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ in shape and doing healthy things.”
Samantha concluded by saying she didn’t want her father to continue to be portrayed negatively so she took matters into her own hands:
“Let me clarify, he’s 73, which makes him a bit more fragile. He’s a quiet man. I feel that the media have unfairly preyed on him. He’s really been admirable about laying low and not speaking out, with all due respect. I merely wanted him to be seen in a respectable light. I didn’t feel that was being done so I suggested that the photographers show him as he is, doing positive things and that was never addressed.”
Watch her full explanation in the video (above)!!
Now to wait for the awkwardness as Thomas will be walking Meghan down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry this weekend!