Meghan's sister Samantha the 'culprit' behind staged photo scandal

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s the family drama Meghan Markle no doubt desperately wanted to avoid just days before she steps out in front of the world to marry Prince Harry.

Following news her dad Thomas Markle has pulled out of the wedding following a heart attack six days ago, and the fallout from a staged photo scandal, Meghan’s estranged sister Samantha has weighed in on the ordeal.

Samantha claimed she was entirely to blame for staging her dad’s paparazzi snaps. Photo: ITV/Loose Women

Just days ago, Thomas came under fire following accusations he staged paparazzi photos of himself at an internet cafe in Rosarito, Mexico.

He was also snapped being fitted for his wedding suit, and working at an outdoor gym.

Now Samantha has taken to Twitter to reveal she’s to blame for orchestrating the whole thing.

“The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault,” Meghan’s half-sister tweeted.

“The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family.

“We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money.”

Outspoken Samantha – who has publicly slammed her sister as a ‘social climber’ in the past – then took to British TV to assert she was the “culprit” behind the photos.

Meghan has been hit with huge family scandal just days away from her wedding. Photo: Getty

“I suggested it,” she told Loose Women. “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—in shape and doing healthy things.”

Samantha, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, also claimed she was hurt not to have been invited to the nuptials.

Samantha and Meghan share the same father, but have reportedly been estranged for years. Photo: ITV/Loose Women

“It’s not just me. None of the family have received invites, nor have [Meghan’s mum] Doria’s family. So although we don’t understand, we can only wish them well,” she told Loose Women.

“I would be lying to say that we weren’t [hurt] but you know for some of us, the travel is not very easy. I am in a wheelchair so I had to evaluate even had I been invited, it would have been a bit difficult.”

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