We all have someone in our family that doesn’t quite play by the rules. We may refer to them as a black sheep or perhaps we just don’t refer to them at all. For the Markel family, that person is Samantha and it seems as if she has been turned away at Kensington Palace by security after showing up uninvited.
Megan Markel’s sister, Samantha (53) has apparently not spoken to the Duchess of Sussex in years. Months ago, she even began slamming her on social media over the estrangement of Megan from their father, Thomas Markel. Neither Samantha or Thomas Markel attended the Royal wedding to Prince Harry in May.
Samantha showed up in London about a week ago to try to ‘get a message’ to her 37-year-old sister, Megan. She went to Kensington Palace on Saturday where Harry and Megan, along with many other royals live. Samantha suffers from multiple sclerosis and she was pushed by her partner in a wheelchair through a gate that was open and accessible. At that point, British news outlets reported that she got into a verbal standoff with an officer who was guarding the security checkpoint. Samantha was turned away.
Samantha’s partner is seen in photos handing a letter to the guard. He is also then seen pushing her back toward the entrance.
Samantha went to Twitter on Sunday and said “Everybody would love to know what’s in that letter.”
“This was a huge move on the part of Meghan’s sister to try to see her face to face and the fact she was turned away speaks volumes,” a source told The Mirror. “This is the closest Meghan has come physically to that side of her family since she married into the royal family but palace staff had clearly been instructed not to allow her access.”
Additional photographs taken later showed Samantha holding masks that looked like Megan and Harry. She had purchased them at a local souvenir stand.
Megan’s father, 74, and Samantha say that the duchess severed ties with him after the royal wedding took place. Thomas was not able to attend the wedding because of a heart attack but he was also publicly criticized over paparazzi pictures of himself that were staged for money. He issued a public apology for the pictures and wants to reconcile with Megan.
“I’ve always wanted to see London, but really I wanted to make the trip and sort of speak the wishes and thoughts and sentiments of my father, and hopefully get a message to my sister,” Samantha said on Britain’s Channel 5 last week.
Samantha apparently would like to tell Megan that it’s ‘water under the bridge’ and to recognize that there are issues with each other that have spiraled out of control.
“I wish things could be different,” she said.
She further defended her father on Twitter on Sunday.
“Dad only spoke out because he was being ignored and disregarded,” she wrote. “My sister and the Royals handled things wrong and everybody knows it.”