Meghan Markle’s half-sister has pleaded with the Duchess of Sussex to get in touch with their father over his health fears.
Samantha Markle also admitted to ‘cashing in’ on the Royal Family as she refused to deny rumours she was appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.
Samantha, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, called on Meghan to visit 74-year-old Thomas because ‘lift is short’ and he was ‘having a hard time’ after he suffered a heart attack earlier this year.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: ‘I think he really just wants to embrace her, and have some closure on the distance, and the misperception and really let her know that he loves her.
‘I feel that he deserves that in return. He’s an incredible man, he’s been there for her entire life and made her everything that she is.
‘I know she loves him too but there’s been so much of a barrier there. I think it’s really important for both of them that they reunite, for everyone, for our family, for the world.
‘I think it’s really important we stop building walls and start building bridges. I know he wants that.’
She said her father is ‘worried’ about Meghan because of the lack of communication and that the family has been forced to speak publicly because ‘private channels have been exhausted’.
She added: ‘The family behaved in the way that we did because she wasn’t reaching out. We were literally responding.
‘She got busier, she found herself in a position because of royal protocol you can’t be quite so open.
‘There are other means of communication she could utilise – letters, telephone calls – and perhaps that would have been better early on.’
All Thomas wants, she said, was to know that Meghan is happy and well, and added he feels ‘isolated’ because the media has created an ‘unncessary’ rift in the family.
‘I hope they can come to terms on their own,’ she said. ‘And that she’ll reach out to him. It only seems the right thing to do.’
And added: ‘I felt as though if something were to happen to him, and he passed away, I don’t think any of us could live with the fact that he died unhappy and there was not closure.
‘I believe in her heart that she would want that also.’
The 53-year-old also blasted critics who said she was cashing in on her sister’s position, saying: ‘I’ve worked in media most of my life and in broadcasting. So because my sister is suddenly Royal isn’t grounds for me to stop doing all that.
‘Let’s face it, we all have to survive, money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine.
‘But no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the Royals and as a family we’re not subject to royal protocol.
‘The media make billions of dollars off social issues and talking about the royals. I don’t see how we’re any different. No one has a copyright on our life experiences.’
She added: ‘We’re entitled to share that. It’s not disparaging, it’s not harmful. For someone to say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t take any money, you should turn down a paycheck’, go tell your boss you don’t want a paycheck for interviewing me because that’s cashing in.’
Asked again about Celebrity Big Brother she said: ‘Well, I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you. don’t want to find myself in locks and stocks quite frankly. It wouldn’t be becoming.’