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Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha attacks Harry's bride-to-be


Royal fans have hit out at Meghan Markle’s half-sister after she launched a stinging  attack on the bride-to-be saying that she has no right to try and censor her.   

Samantha Markle has given a bombshell interview to US media where she insisted she had ‘freedom of speech’ and has every right to speak out.

The mother-of-three, who has given a series of meddling media interviews in recent weeks laid into Meghan amid claims she is upset about her airing her views.

But after the astonishing clip emerged royal well-wishers blasted the 53-year-old telling her: ‘The world can’t wait for you to go away.’

Thomas Markle’s daughter by his first marriage has been accused of abusing her connections to Meghan who she hasn’t seen for ten years. 

Samantha Markle has given a bombshell interview to US media where she insisted she had 'freedom of speech'

Samantha Markle has given a bombshell interview to US media where she insisted she had ‘freedom of speech’

Yesterday she waded in to the faked paparazzi photos row as she defended her father when it emerged Mr Markle had staged the shots for money.  

Samantha, 53, told TMZ: ‘If its about my life or my father’s there is something in this country called freedom of speech.

‘She doesn’t have a copyright on that and she’s not going to tell me that I can’t speak about my life or my father’s life where its a matter of public self-defence.

‘The media is disparaging us. I’m not going to take it. 

Meghan pictured alongside Samantha Markle in 2008

Meghan pictured alongside Samantha Markle in 2008

‘She’s not qualified to suggest that I don’t under any law in this country. 

‘This is not Great Britain. I am a United States citizen and that’s all there is to it. She’s way out of her league to tell me that I can’t speak.

‘I’m not saying anything about her but if I’m talking about my life or my father’s she has to respect it.’

But she was deluged with a barrage of abuse on social media, with one user commenting: ‘Wow her attitude sure changed when she was told Meghan wants her to stop talking.

‘I don’t know why SM cares what the tabloids say..she isn’t anybody important. SM actually believes she herself is a celebrity.

‘Sorry lady, you’re not! The world can’t wait for you to go away.’ 

Mother of three Samantha has given a series of interviews speaking about Meghan's romance with Prince Harry in recent weeks

Mother of three Samantha has given a series of interviews speaking about Meghan’s romance with Prince Harry in recent weeks

Another said: ‘Samantha Markle really needs to get a grip, everything this woman says just makes her look bitter & jealous.’

And another tweet said: ‘Desperate to go to Meghan and Harry’s wedding but wants to disparage them at the same time. Not cool!’   

In the explosive chat Samantha admitted the relationship she has with her half-sister is ‘strained’ and claimed that Meghan doesn’t have a relationship ‘with anyone’ in the family.

In the interview, which comes just three days before the couple tie the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday, she also revealed she had bought the couple a ‘sentimental’ wedding gift adding: ‘I would like to give it to her in person, but if not I will certainly send it.’

Samantha first hit out at her famous half sister when the romance was first revealed in 2016. She claimed she had always been attracted to Harry because she was ‘ambitious’ and wanted to become a princess.

It came a day after she gave an interview to Good Morning Britain where she was accused of being a 'vulture'

It came a day after she gave an interview to Good Morning Britain where she was accused of being a ‘vulture’

She also announced she would release her memoirs and that her sister should be prepared for some uncomfortable revelations.  

She also blasted her sister on Twitter when it appeared she had been snubbed from the wedding, despite members of the public being invited.

She said: ‘Out of respect and humanitarianism, the Markles should be invited if 2,000 complete strangers are.

‘Our uncle, brother, me, best friend of 30 years, nephews. Our issue is not a matter of closeness. Family is family.’

Yesterday she gave an interview to Good Morning Britain to speak about Mr Markle pulling out of the wedding because he didn’t want to embarrass the royal family following the fake photo row.

She was then accused by host Piers Morgan of being a ‘little vulture’ and grabbing money by ‘trashing’ the Suits star.

In an explosive exchange Mr Morgan asked her: ‘How much money have you made from trashing Meghan Markle?’ to which Samantha replied: ‘Not very much’.

Ms Markle said she had encouraged her father to do a deal with paparazzi claiming he had been treated ‘shabbily’ by the media.

But Piers went on the offensive and said: ‘There’s no bigger media vulture in this wedding than you. You are doing a book called the ‘Diary of princess pushy’s sister’.’

Samantha replied that a ‘book cannot be judged by its cover or by its title’. 

She also claimed that she was ‘the culprit’ behind the embarrassing ‘faked’ photographs of their father taken in the run-up to this week’s royal wedding.

Samantha said she advised him to co-operate with a US-based paparazzo photographer in order to show himself – and, strangely, the royal family – in a ‘positive’ light and insisted his motive hadn’t been money.

But she could not confirm whether Mr Markle had actually accepted any payment for his collusion for the stunt. Mr Markle later told TMZ he had.

Ms Markle told GMB: ‘He was unfairly present in the media as shabby, I think photographer looked for the most unflattering photographs. 

‘My father has really suffered at the hands of the media. I think a person has a right to say ‘enough is enough, I wasn’t to be shown how I really am’.

But Piers hit back: ‘You’ve spent the last two years criticising her, you called her narcissistic, selfish, that Hollywood has changed her and that Prince Harry shouldn’t marry her, yet you have the gall to blame media vultures.

‘You’ve made loads of money off the back of a tenuous link to Meghan Markle, who you’ve spoken to once in 10 years. You’ve been trashing her for two years you vulture’.

 

Meghan’s dad WON’T attend her wedding because he will have heart surgery today – and blames his SON for triggering heart attack with letter to Harry urging him to walk away

Meghan Markle’s father won’t attend her wedding to Prince Harry in three days’ time because he needs to have major heart surgery today, it has been claimed.

Thomas Markle, 73, who lives in Mexico, revealed that doctors will ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation, which will take place at 3.30pm UK time.

Mr Markle is thought to have previously stayed at General Hospital in Rosarito, the town where he lives, but it is unclear where today’s operation will take place.

Free public healthcare is provided in Mexico, as opposed to the US where it is administered by private institutions.

The retired lighting director believes his heart attack was triggered by an open letter his son, Thomas Jr, wrote trying to convince Harry not to marry Meghan.

Meanwhile it was claimed today that the relationship between Meghan’s parents has been strained further after the fallout over the paparazzi photos.

A source told The Sun Online: ‘Thomas and Doria are currently barely speaking to one another. 

‘He is trying to make peace after everything that has happened. Their relationship had been hanging by a thread for months before the staged photo scandals. 

The surgery is the latest twist surrounding Mr Markle's attendance at Meghan's wedding

The surgery is the latest twist surrounding Mr Markle’s attendance at Meghan’s wedding

Mr Markle revealed he believes his heart attack was triggered by an open letter his son, Thomas Jr (pictured), wrote to Prince Harry trying to convince him not to marry Meghan

Mr Markle revealed he believes his heart attack was triggered by an open letter his son, Thomas Jr (pictured), wrote to Prince Harry trying to convince him not to marry Meghan

‘He had told friends that he wanted to come with the peace gesture for an appeasement before the wedding and his daughter’s big day, but his recent actions have crushed that.’

The revelation over surgery was the latest twist on a rollercoaster of speculation surrounding whether Mr Markle would attend Saturday’s royal wedding at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

It came just hours after Meghan seemed to have convinced her father to change his mind and walk her down the aisle.

He pulled out on Monday, saying he didn’t want to further embarrass his daughter after The Mail On Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi photos for money.

But yesterday it seemed he had backtracked on his decision after the bride-to-be pleaded with him to come to England for the big day in Berkshire.

He told TMZ that Meghan tried calling him on Monday, but he wasn’t near his phone. She later sent a text saying she loved him and was concerned about his health. 

Meghan, pictured with Harry on April 25, pleaded with her father   to walk her down the aisle

Meghan, pictured with Harry on April 25, pleaded with her father to walk her down the aisle

Mr Markle has said he believed his ex-wife Doria Ragland would be a 'good choice' to give their daughter away at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Pictured: Doria  with Meghan in March 2015

Mr Markle has said he believed his ex-wife Doria Ragland would be a ‘good choice’ to give their daughter away at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Pictured: Doria with Meghan in March 2015

‘I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle,’ Mr Markle said yesterday. ‘Of course I’d walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.’ 

Mr Markle, who had a heart attack a week ago, returned to the hospital yesterday after having chest pains. He said a series of tests found that the heart attack had done ‘significant damage’ and revealed he needed immediate surgery. 

Mr Markle also blamed his recent health troubles on his son Thomas, who told Harry that marrying Meghan would be the ‘biggest mistake in royal wedding history’.

‘It’s not too late, Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you,’ Thomas’s letter, shared with InTouch, reads. ‘I’m confused why you don’t see the real Meghan that the whole world now sees.’ 

Thomas went on to call his half-sister a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman, that will make a fool of you and the royal family heritage’. 

Just a week later, in another open letter, Thomas apologised for his words and begged Meghan to invite him to her wedding.  

Mr Markle said that he did not want to embarrass his daughter  (pictured together, circa 2000)

Mr Markle said that he did not want to embarrass his daughter (pictured together, circa 2000)

When asked what the Queen thought about his money grab, Mr Markle laughed and said: 'I don't think the Queen is thinking about what I'm doing'

Her Majesty is pictured at a garden party today at Buckingham Palace

Asked what the Queen (pictured yesterday at Buckingham Palace) thought about his money grab, Mr Markle laughed and said: ‘I don’t think the Queen is thinking about what I’m doing’

But when it came to her father, Mr Markle revealed that Meghan held no hard feelings against him for setting up paparazzi photos for money.

When asked what the Queen thought about his money grab, Mr Markle laughed and said: ‘I don’t think the Queen is thinking about what I’m doing.’

Who will give Meghan away if her father isn’t cleared by doctors?

Doria Ragland – 4/6 

Prince Charles – 2/1 

Prince William – 5/1

Meghan Walks Solo down the Aisle 5/1

Thomas Markle 10/1

Gabriel Macht 14/1  

Prince Philip 20/1 

Prince Harry 33/1 

Kate Middleton 100/1

Mr Markle said although he doesn’t believe faking the ‘hammy’ photos was that serious, he admitted it was a ‘stupid’ decision. 

He also blasted his eldest daughter Samantha Markle, who revealed she convinced Mr Markle to set up the photos.

Mr Markle said Samantha has no real relationship with Meghan, and knows nothing of her relationship with Harry.

Before changing his mind, Mr Markle said he believed his ex-wife Doria Ragland would be a ‘good choice’ to give their daughter away at St George’s Chapel, where the wedding is being held in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Miss Ragland is flying into the UK from Los Angeles to support her daughter and would be the clear favourite to walk her down the aisle if Mr Markle is not cleared by doctors to fly.

Prince Charles is 2/1 with the bookies to step in, while Prince William is 5/1 to take Meghan into St George’s Chapel before starting his duties as Harry’s best man.

There have also been a flurry of bets on Meghan walking down the aisle alone. On Monday night, Mr Markle told TMZ that Miss Ragland should be the person to do it.

Mr Markle's ex-wife Doria Ragland is expected to meet  Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured at a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Society yesterday)

Mr Markle’s ex-wife Doria Ragland is expected to meet Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured at a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Society yesterday)

Doria with her daughter Meghan at the Invictus Games closing ceremony

Prince Harry and Meghan

Doria Ragland (left, with her daughter in Toronto in September 2017) has been keeping a low profile ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding (the couple, pictured right on April 23) 

Miss Ragland has been keeping a low profile in recent weeks ahead of Saturday’s nuptials, and has been photographed out and about near her home in Los Angeles.

So far there has been no official announcement on who will now be walking Meghan down the aisle.

But according to TMZ, Mr Markle believes Miss Ragland, who has a close relationship with her daughter, should now be the one to give her away if he can not make it.

The yoga instructor and social worker has been described by Meghan as a ‘free spirited clinical therapist’ and she has been seen alongside Meghan at a number of public events.

Harry, who has described her as ‘amazing’, flew Miss Ragland out to Toronto to join Meghan and himself at the Invictus Games last year.

Royal experts said at the time that Harry’s decision to invite Meghan’s mother to join them at the closing ceremony of the tournament was ‘hugely significant’.

Miss Ragland was already expected to have an ‘important role’ during the ceremony. It is thought she will ride with Meghan in the car to the chapel to Windsor Castle.

She is also expected to meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and his wife, Kate, before the big day.   

The 73-year-old said Meghan tried calling him on Monday, but he wasn't near his phone. She later sent a text saying she loved him and was concerned about his health. Pictured: The father and daughter in her teenage years 

The 73-year-old said Meghan tried calling him on Monday, but he wasn’t near his phone. She later sent a text saying she loved him and was concerned about his health. Pictured: The father and daughter in her teenage years 

Thomas Markle is seen on surveillance video entering an internet cafe with photographer Jeff Rayner to set up staged photos

Thomas Markle is seen on surveillance video entering an internet cafe with photographer Jeff Rayner to set up staged photos

A friend of Meghan and Harry’s told the Mail that she was standing by her father and pleaded for understanding, saying he was ‘not in a good place’. 

Meghan wouldn’t be the first to be given away by a woman at a royal wedding 

If Meghan Markle’s mother does walk her down the aisle it won’t be the first time it has happened.   

Queen Victoria gave away her youngest child Princess Beatrice at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight in 1885.

She wore black to remember her husband Prince Albert who had died 24 years earlier, although her outfit is believed to have been encrusted with diamonds.  

Royal historian Victoria Howard told the BBC: ‘I think it would be a lovely touch for Meghan’s mother Doria to walk her down the aisle.

‘It would be unusual but it wouldn’t be an unprecedented move. Queen Victoria walked two of her daughters down the aisle’.  

The friend said: ‘This is not what she wants. She obviously wants her dad there. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do.

‘She and Prince Harry are begging for people to give him some space. They have been saying this for weeks, while trying to offer him support and help. 

‘He is clearly feeling under immense pressure. The concern for him is real and genuine. He is a proud man who wants to be a father and not be taken care of, but it’s quite difficult. 

‘Everyone needs to pause and think what this is doing to them and, more importantly, to him. It is a really worrying, scary situation. The couple have been doing everything they can to help him.’ 

Harry, 33, is said to be distraught and could try to get Mr Markle to change his mind.

The friend said: ‘Harry feels guilty that this has happened to someone he loves because they are in a relationship with him.

‘He is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him… the problems he causes. He feels that anyone who gets associated with his life – this is the price they have to pay.

‘He wants to protect her and this is really difficult for him to swallow.’

Meghan will now be accompanied by only mother at the wedding (Doria Ragland with Prince Harry and Meghan in September)

Meghan will now be accompanied by only mother at the wedding (Doria Ragland with Prince Harry and Meghan in September)

The couple issued an unprecedented official statement through Kensington Palace in the wake of the crisis.

A spokesman said: ‘This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.’ 

US gossip website TMZ claimed to have spoken ‘on the record’ to Miss Markle’s father, who confirmed he had worked with the freelance photographer to set up images of him being measured for his wedding suit and searching online for articles about his daughter.

He said he did it to ‘rehabilitate’ his image but had been left looking ‘stupid and hammy’ – and would not be travelling to the UK to give her away in order to spare her further embarrassment. 

Kensington Palace was clearly broadsided by the claims as aides had insisted on Sunday that Mr Markle would be by his daughter’s side at Windsor Castle this weekend. 

TMZ further claimed that Mr Markle – a former award-winning Hollywood lighting director who lives a reclusive life in Mexico and has yet to meet his future son-in-law – confirmed he had been offered money by US-based freelance photographer Jeff Rayner.

Thomas Jr previously told DailyMail.com his father was 'struggling' ahead of the wedding

Thomas Jr previously told DailyMail.com his father was ‘struggling’ ahead of the wedding

Thomas Markle admitted to staging  paparazzi photos (pictured) with an agency for money

Thomas Markle admitted to staging paparazzi photos (pictured) with an agency for money

But he insisted the ‘deal’ was not ‘principally’ about money. Instead, he wanted to ‘rehabilitate’ his image after pictures had been published of him looking overweight and dishevelled.

HOW MEGHAN’S BIG DAY WAS UPENDED: TIMELINE TO THOMAS MARKLE’S DECISION TO STAY AWAY

TUESDAY MAY 8: On Monday May 14, Thomas Markle Sr claims he suffered a heart attack six days ago – making it either Tuesday or Wednesday May 8 or 9. He claims he checked himself out of hospital in order to attend the royal wedding. Markle Sr was at his home from Sunday 7 onwards and was not seen leaving it at any time 

WEDNESDAY MAY 9: Markle leaves his Mexican home at 8.30pm. He checks into the Rodeway Inn in San Ysidro, just across the U.S. border, and shops at a nearby 7-11. He is seen purchasing Gas X medication, a milkshake and a bottle of Heineken

THURSDAY MAY 10: At 4.10am Markle drives 135 miles to his property in Los Feliz. He picks up mail at UPS before stopping in to CVS to buy his former wife Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, a card and returning home. He is later photographed purchasing two Happy Meals and a creamy drink at a McDonalds drive-thru. He also bought a large pot of flowers for his estranged wife from a Home Depot 

Later that afternoon, he is pictured dropping off the flowers and card at Doria Ragland’s home. He is then pictured picking up KFC close to the Mexico border as he returns to his Mexico home

FRIDAY MAY 11: Markle remains in his Mexico home

SATURDAY MAY 12: Markle remains in his Mexico home

SUNDAY MAY 13: The Mail on Sunday reveals that Markle has been staging paparazzi photos of himself in the run up to the royal wedding – the photos have raised north of $110,000. Markle remains in his Mexico home 

MONDAY May 14: Markle announces he will not attend his daughter’s wedding or walk her down the aisle. According to TMZ, he admitted to staging paparazzi photos in the run up to the wedding. Sources say Kensington Palace was blindsided by the decision. In a statement they say is is a deeply personal matter for Ms Markle

The website wrote: ‘He says since his daughter started dating Prince Harry he’s been offered anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 for interviews and he’s turned all of them down. 

‘Thomas says the paparazzi agency approached him, offered him money – though nowhere near the reported $100,000 – and he figured there was no harm in it and it would help recast his image. 

‘He admits the pics look ‘stupid and hammy’. He says he was just going along with the paparazzi agency, which he now deeply regrets.’ 

The website continued: ‘Meghan’s father will not be walking her down the aisle on Saturday… he isn’t going to the wedding at all because of the fallout over selling photos of himself.’

Mr Markle also told the website that he had suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend the wedding.

There was no independent confirmation that Mr Markle had been ill, however.

Indeed, last week he was seen leaving his home in the beachside community of Rosarito, Mexico, and driving to San Diego, just over the US border. 

According to reports, he stopped for a few hours’ sleep and then carried onto LA where he was photographed putting a pot of flowers on the doorstep of his ex-wife, Miss Ragland.

To add to the confusion, Mr Markle’s daughter – Meghan’s estranged half-sister Samantha – claimed that she was ‘the culprit’ behind the humiliating photograph debacle.

In a bizarre intervention, Samantha said she had advised her father to co-operate with the photographer to show himself – and, strangely, the Royal Family – in a ‘positive’ light.  She also insisted his motive hadn’t been money.

One source told the Mail that Mr Markle was ‘very unwell’, adding: ‘He is under significant stress.

‘There is genuine concern about his safety. His health and safety are paramount [to Meghan]. He is under a huge amount of pressure.’

If Miss Markle’s father is not at the wedding, it is believed Miss Ragland will walk her down the aisle.

 

Royal page boys and bridesmaids revealed: Prince George and sister Charlotte will be joined by the three children of bride-to-be’s best friend and Harry and Meghan’s godchildren 

Princess Charlotte and Prince George will be among the bridesmaids and page boys for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, it was revealed today.

The three children of Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney – twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four – will also walk down the aisle on Saturday.

The bridesmaids for the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, include Harry’s goddaughters, Zalie Warren, two, and Florence van Cutsem, three. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, pictured on the way to meet their new baby brother who was named Prince Louis, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on April 27

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, pictured on the way to meet their new baby brother who was named Prince Louis, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on April 27

The three children of Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four - are pictured with their mother arriving at London Heathrow Airport today

The three children of Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney – twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four – are pictured with their mother arriving at London Heathrow Airport today

Also involved are 36-year-old Meghan’s goddaughters, sisters Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney.

The other pageboys are 33-year-old Harry’s godson, Jasper Dyer, aged six, and seven-year-old twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney.

Kensington Palace announced this morning that Harry’s niece and nephew would be among Meghan’s young helpers at the nuptials in Windsor this weekend.

Charlotte, three, and four-year-old George are already skilled in the role, having performed the duty for the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Matthews, last year.

Meghan is godmother to her friend Benita Litt's two daughters Remi, six and Rylan, seven, and she is thought to have spent Christmas with the family in 2016 (pictured)

Meghan is godmother to her friend Benita Litt’s two daughters Remi, six and Rylan, seven, and she is thought to have spent Christmas with the family in 2016 (pictured)

Remi, six and Rylan Litt, seven, will be among the six bridesmaids at this Saturday's wedding

Remi, six and Rylan Litt, seven, will be among the six bridesmaids at this Saturday’s wedding

Harry has paid tribute to former mentor and close friend Mark Dyer by requesting his son Jasper as a pageboy.

Meanwhile Meghan has publicly recognised one of her best friends, stylist Mrs Mulroney, by choosing her twin sons to take part in the wedding.

Mr Dyer, a redhead like the prince, was a supportive big brother figure for Harry during the 1990s and early 2000s.

It was during that period that the teenager was coming to terms with the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris in 1997.

Mrs Mulroney, who is married to Ben Mulroney, the son of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, was seen arriving at London Heathrow Airport today. 

Six-year-old Jasper Dyer, pictured with his father Mark Dyer, will be a page boy at the wedding

Six-year-old Jasper Dyer, pictured with his father Mark Dyer, will be a page boy at the wedding

Police officers stand today outside Windsor Castle on the Long Walk in the Berkshire town

Police officers stand today outside Windsor Castle on the Long Walk in the Berkshire town

Police pose with the Madame Tussauds wax figures of Harry and Meghan in Windsor today

Police pose with the Madame Tussauds wax figures of Harry and Meghan in Windsor today

Zalie Warren is the daughter of Jake Warren, son of the Queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser John Warren, and his wife Zoe.

The palace has already revealed Meghan is not having a maid of honour because she did not want to choose just one person from her close-knit group of friends.

Kate is likely to play a supervisory role for the page boys and bridesmaids, something she did when her younger sister, Pippa, married James Matthews last year.

The duchess was spotted giving a polite warning to the youngsters in her charge, holding her finger to her lips to ensure they were quiet as they entered the church.

Who are the four page boys and six bridesmaids for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have six bridesmaids and four pageboys at the wedding. Here is the full list:

BRIDESMAIDS

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged three)

Miss Florence van Cutsem (Aged three – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem)

Miss Remi Litt (Aged six – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)

Miss Rylan Litt (aged seven – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)

Miss Ivy Mulroney (aged four – daughter of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)

Miss Zalie Warren (aged two – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Zoe Warren and Mr Jake Warren)

PAGE BOYS 

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge (aged four)

Master Jasper Dyer (Aged six – godson of Prince Harry, son of Mrs Amanda Dyer and Mr Mark Dyer MVO)

Master Brian Mulroney (aged seven – son of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)

Master John Mulroney (aged seven – son of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney) 

 

Next stop, Windsor! Meghan’s mum Doria heads to LAX with a Burberry outfit carrier and gets VIP treatment by using a private entrance – but will she walk her daughter down the aisle?

Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland is on her way to London as speculation mounts she will now be the one walking her daughter down the aisle. 

The yoga instructor and social worker was picked up at her home in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon before heading to the airport.

She was then spotted going through a private entrance at Los Angeles International where she will enjoy VIP treatment before boarding her flight to the UK.

Doria was holding a Burberry clothes bag, likely to contain an outfit she will be wearing during the wedding celebrations this weekend.

The 61-year-old is now at the centre of mounting speculation that she will now be the one to walk Meghan down the aisle after her father appeared to confirm today he won’t be coming to ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

He revealed he is due to have heart surgery later today, which will mean he will have to stay at home in Rosarito, Mexico, instead of making the trip to London.

Off she goes! Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, made her way to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday ahead of the royal wedding 

Off she goes! Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, made her way to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday ahead of the royal wedding 

On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX

On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX

On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX

Speculation is mounting that Doria will be the one to walk Meghan down the aisle at St. George's Chapel on Saturday

Speculation is mounting that Doria will be the one to walk Meghan down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday

She wore a low-key ensemble for the 10 and a half hour flight, choosing a chic blazer over a white T-shirt that had a picture of a dog on the front.  

Meghan’s mother arrived at LAX’s brand new Private Suite, used by the rich and famous, which provides ultimate privacy and luxury facilities, at a cost of thousands of pounds.

After arriving at Heathrow, likely to be early this afternoon, she will be whisked off to see her daughter and Prince Harry.  

She’s staying with the bride at Cliveden House the night before the nuptials, and then travelling with her to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on the day.

The mother-of-one was seen carrying a Burberry garment bag as she left her house, just days before her daughter is due to tie the knot with Prince Harry

The mother-of-one was seen carrying a Burberry garment bag as she left her house, just days before her daughter is due to tie the knot with Prince Harry

The five star mansion, near the village of Teplow on the border of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire is roughly 15 minutes away by car to the wedding venue. It has been chosen for its secluded location and privacy. 

Doria has been keeping a low profile over recent weeks in the run up to Saturday’s nuptials, and has been photographed out and about near her home in Los Angeles.   

The yoga instructor and social worker has been described by Meghan as a ‘free spirited clinical therapist’ and she has been seen alongside Meghan at a number of public events.

Prince Harry, who has described her as ‘amazing’ flew Doria out to Toronto to join Meghan and himself at the Invictus Games last year.

He placed Doria's luggage in the back of his black SUV before they headed to the airport 

The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX

The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX

The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX

Doria also attended the closing ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games with her daughter in September last year

Doria also attended the closing ceremony of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games with her daughter in September last year

Doria with her daughter Meghan at the Invictus Games closing ceremony

Prince Harry and Meghan

Doria, (left, with her daughter) has been keeping a low profile ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding (the couple, pictured right) 

Royal experts said at the time that Harry’s decision to invite Meghan’s mum to join them at the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games was ‘hugely significant.’ 

Doria was already expected to have an ‘important role’ during the ceremony. It is thought she will ride with Meghan in the car to the chapel in Windsor Castle.

She is also expected to meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and his wife Kate before the big day.

Inside the paparazzi-proof £2,000 per-use private terminal at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport’s ‘The Private Suite’ has been catering for celebrities and wealthy clients since it opened in May.

Guests will have to pay a $7,500 (£5,500) annual fee to use the facilities, that includes a private check-in bar and lavish seating area.

But every time they visit, they will face an additional charge. Groups of up to four people will cost $2,700 (£2,000) for a domestic flight and $3,000 (£2,200) for an international flight.

The suite features perks such as a BMW car service that will drive members from private TSA screening directly to their planes

The suite features perks such as a BMW car service that will drive members from private TSA screening directly to their planes

The service is expected to draw a celebrity-heavy clientele, with LAX the prime hubs for many celebrities flying in and out on a daily basis

The service is expected to draw a celebrity-heavy clientele, with LAX the prime hubs for many celebrities flying in and out on a daily basis

The Gavin de Becker & Associates designed venture offers private parking, black car escorts, a private lounge plus 13 additional private rooms and celebrity chef meals, among other perks.

Roasted seaweed is said to be among the snacks on offer to the high-class clientele.  

Once passengers they are screened, they will be driven directly to their planes in a BMW sedan.

Each guest or group of four will interface with a team of eight terminal employees, Forbes reported.

In addition to a 'private lounge,' there are 13 private rooms that include daybeds, dress clothing and snacks including tortilla chips and roasted seaweed

In addition to a ‘private lounge,’ there are 13 private rooms that include daybeds, dress clothing and snacks including tortilla chips and roasted seaweed

Each of the 13 individual suites also comes with its own bathroom. Pictured: A bathroom in The Private Suite

Each of the 13 individual suites also comes with its own bathroom. Pictured: A bathroom in The Private Suite

Two staff members assist with entry, two assist with special individual requests, one assists with screening, one acts as a driver, one handles luggage and one walks members right up to the aircraft door. 

The 13 private suites within The Private Suite all come with daybeds, individual bathrooms, snack-stocked refrigerators, flavoured almond dispensers, roasted seaweed and tortilla chips snacks, headphones, dress clothing and raincoats, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

The terminal will be next to LAX's south runway. LAX is about 15 miles southwest of Hollywood

The terminal will be next to LAX’s south runway. LAX is about 15 miles southwest of Hollywood

Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, has once again pulled out of his daughter's big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery this morning

Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, has once again pulled out of his daughter’s big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery this morning

Wedding day: Meghan and Prince Harry are slated to say 'I do' on Saturday, May 19 at St. George's Chapel, which is on the grounds at Windsor Castle 

Wedding day: Meghan and Prince Harry are slated to say ‘I do’ on Saturday, May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, which is on the grounds at Windsor Castle 

The surgery seems to be the final end to speculation surrounding Thomas' attendance

The surgery seems to be the final end to speculation surrounding Thomas’ attendance

Thomas Markle, 73, revealed that he is having major heart surgery today, coming just hours after it appeared Meghan had convinced her father to change his mind and attend the nuptials, when he announced he wouldn’t be coming on Monday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in numbers

0 – Maids of Honour – all the bridesmaids will be children

1 – Best man – Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cambridge

1 – Hour – the length of the wedding ceremony

2 – Diamonds from Diana, Princess of Wales’s collection used for Meghan’s engagement ring, plus one from Botswana

3 – Diana’s siblings at the service

6 – Harry’s position in line to the throne

6 – Windsor Grey horses taking part in the carriage ride

7 – Charities Harry and Meghan picked to receive public donations instead of wedding gifts

16 – The wedding will be the 16th royal wedding or blessing to take place in St George’s Chapel since 1863 

200 – Guests invited to the Frogmore House evening reception

600 – Congregation in St George’s Chapel

2,640 – People specially invited into the grounds of the castle

5,000 – UK and international media accredited in Windsor

100,000 – Estimated number of visitors in Windsor on the day 

He said he didn’t want to embarrass his daughter any further after the Mail on Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi shots for money. 

Before again changing his mind, Thomas said he believed his ex-wife Doria would be a ‘good choice’ to give their daughter away.

Doria is the clear favorite to walk her down the aisle if Thomas is not cleared by doctors to fly.

Prince Charles is 2/1 with the bookies to step in while Prince William is 5/1 to take Meghan into St George’s before starting his duties as Harry’s best man.

There have also been a flurry of bets on Meghan walking down the aisle alone. 

Doria made her way to LAX just one day after it was reported that she quit her job at a mental health clinic.   

According to Us Weekly, the 61-year-old social worker she left her role at the Los Angeles clinic she had been working at to pursue her goal of starting her own private practice following her daughter’s nuptials.

‘Doria is no longer working at the mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. It was Doria’s decision to leave,’ a source told the outlet. ‘She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.’ 

The reports about Doria’s decision to quit her job come just one week after it was revealed that she had met with TV legend Oprah Winfrey at her $88 million Los Angeles home in order to discuss ideas for a tell-all interview. 

According to the Mirror Online, the duo spent six hours together going over potential topics that could be covered during a sit-down, with a source saying that they focused particularly on race and the role that it has played in Harry and Meghan’s relationship.  

‘Oprah and Doria spent a long time chatting and they got on really well,’ the source said.

‘The most important and significant issue they spoke about was race and how badly some people had reacted to Meghan and Harry. 

‘What happened to Meghan and Harry was disgusting and they and all of their families were horrified. It’s an issue close to both Doria and Oprah, who have both suffered racism.’ 

However, the interview reportedly needs to be approved by Meghan, Harry, and Buckingham Palace before it is recorded. 

Growing up, Meghan lived with her mother in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.  

The Suits star’s mother, Doria, and her father, Thomas, divorced when she was six years old.

Extended family: Meghan's nephews Tyler (R) and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Tracy Dooley (L), are in London for the wedding but they aren't thought to be attending the ceremony

Extended family: Meghan’s nephews Tyler (R) and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Tracy Dooley (L), are in London for the wedding but they aren’t thought to be attending the ceremony

'What a journey so far!' Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began sharing images of the trip on his Facebook page

‘What a journey so far!’ Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began sharing images of the trip on his Facebook page

Although Doria is thought to be the only close relative attending the royal wedding, members of Meghan’s extended family are in town for Saturday’s celebration. 

The former actress’ nephews Tyler and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Meghan’s sister-in-law Tracy Dooley, seem determined to take part in the big day.

Despite previously revealing they hadn’t received an invite to the royal wedding, the trio were seen making their way to the arrivals gate at the London airport on Monday with 13 suitcases.  

The family have been enlisted as ‘special correspondents’ for Good Morning Britain and are expected to report from Windsor, though are thought not to be attending the ceremony.

Meghan’s best friend touches down in London: Fashion queen arrives at Heathrow with family 

Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney arrived in London with her husband and three children this morning, just 72 hours before the royal wedding.

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport with her husband Ben Mulroney, son of the country’s ex-prime minister Brian Mulroney.

They were with their three children – twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four – who are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday’s wedding.

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney arrives at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 - 'The Queen's Terminal' - this morning with her husband Ben Mulroney and their three children

Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney arrives at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 – ‘The Queen’s Terminal’ – this morning with her husband Ben Mulroney and their three children

The couple were with their three children - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four

Mrs Mulroney arrives in London today

The couple were with their three children – twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning

Meghan Markle 's best friend arrived in London with her husband and three children today

Meghan Markle ‘s best friend arrived in London with her husband and three children today

It comes amid claims Meghan’s father Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, will not walk her down the aisle in Windsor because he is due to have a heart operation.

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney, dubbed ‘the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto’, runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan choose her gown.

Meghan went on holiday with Mrs Mulroney to Positano on the Amalfi coast in August 2016 in one of her last jaunts as a single woman before her engagement.  

Their friendship has gone from strength to strength since Meghan, then a young ingenue, moved to Toronto in 2011 to play Rachel Zane in the TV show Suits.

By then Mrs Mulroney was married to Ben Mulroney, and one of Canada’s top television presenters, and mingled with the cream of Toronto society.

The children are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday's wedding in Windsor

The children are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday’s wedding in Windsor

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney has been called 'the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto'

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney has been called ‘the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto’

Mrs Mulroney runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan Markle choose her gown

Mrs Mulroney smiles as she arrives with her family

Mrs Mulroney runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan Markle choose her gown

She introduced Meghan to her social circle, which included Canada’s First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The former Jessica Brownstein came from a privileged background as a member of Canada’s Browns shoes dynasty, which is worth a reported £50million.

She attended an exclusive all-girls’ school, before studying industrial relations and economics at McGill University. She then launched a business importing lingerie.

After a successful career as a stylist – with her own TV slot – and wedding planner, she was propelled to the A-list in 2008 after marrying Brian Mulroney’s eldest son. 

She comes from a privileged background as a member of Canada's Browns shoes dynasty

She comes from a privileged background as a member of Canada’s Browns shoes dynasty

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have previously sought refuge at Mrs Muroney's house

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have previously sought refuge at Mrs Muroney’s house

Meghan's unofficial wedding planner and best friend Mrs Mulroney posted this picture on Instagram in August 2016 – a month after Meghan had her first date with Prince Harry

Meghan’s unofficial wedding planner and best friend Mrs Mulroney posted this picture on Instagram in August 2016 – a month after Meghan had her first date with Prince Harry

Mrs Mulroney and Meghan are said to have bonded over a passion for yoga, Pilates, dogs and philanthropy – and Meghan calls herself as ‘Aunty Meg’ to the children.

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have sought refuge at Mrs Muroney’s house when news of their relationship broke.

Then last September, as engagement speculation grew, Mrs Mulroney was in a box with Meghan and her mother Doria for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.

Harry joined them for the final 20 minutes of the show, standing arm in arm with Meghan and planting a kiss on her check as they watched Bryan Adams sing. 



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