Roslyn Markle, the ex-wife of Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle Sr, said “distance” was the main reason the Suits actress grew apart from certain members of her family.
Prince Harry, 33, infuriated Meghan’s relatives by suggesting the royals were “the family she never had” in an interview on BBC Radio 4.
Harry, 33, made the comments after his bride-to-be spent Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham in Norfolk, England.
Just days later Megan's brother Thomas Markle Jr responded to Harry, claiming her sister “had a really good family” and “got everything she ever wanted”.
Now Roslyn, who was married to Thomas Markle Sr in the 1960s, has waded into the debate about Megan’s relationship with her family in an interview with Radar Online.
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“It’s not tension. It’s distance,” she said. “When Meghan graduated from high school, she went to Northwestern – which is up in Illinois.
“And when she finished that, she worked in Argentina. Then she started Suits and she started her acting career.
“It was the scenario that everyone got busy, and the distance was always a factor.”
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FYI I read online said that Roslyn Markle was Meghan‘s stepmom LOL my dad divorced Roslyn in 74 ..she remarried ...no relation to Meg ever and she knows nothing about our lives or Meghan! @radar_online @GossipCop— Samantha Markle (@SamanthaMGrant) December 30, 2017
“It’s not tension. It’s distance.”Roslyn Markle
Rosyln, 74, said Meghan didn’t “shut out” her family, but claimed that she “didn’t talk too much” with her estranged sister, Samantha Grant.
But Samantha, who said on Wednesday that Meghan had a “large family” who was “always there for her”, rubbished Roslyn's claims on Twitter.
In a series of raging tweets, Samantha said Roslyn was “no relation” of Meghan and accused her of being “crazy” for commenting.
She wrote: “FYI I read online said that Roslyn Markle was Meghan‘s stepmom LOL my dad divorced Roslyn in 74… she remarried… no relation to Meg ever and she knows nothing about our lives or Meghan!
In another tweet, she added: “Roslyn only knows Meg from what she has studied about her in the media LOL.”
Kensington Palace announced Harry and Meghan are to get married on 19 May 2018 at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Meghan is yet to reveal which family members will be invited to the ceremony.