'Pretty rich coming from you' – Piers Morgan lays into Meghan Markle's half-sister for saying her and father are victims of the 'vulture' media

UK TV personality Piers Morgan didn't hold back when he interviewed Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Grant on Good Morning Britain today, accusing her of playing the victim and saying she has treated her sister "in a shabby way".

Samantha appeared on the show to defend herself and Markle's father Thomas, against claims he was trying to profit off the wedding by staging paparazzi photos for large sums of money only days out from the Royal wedding.

She also appeared to blame the media for causing Thomas to have a heart attack which has been claimed as the reason he won't be attending the wedding to walk Meghan down the aisle.

"He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse," she said of Thomas, who lives in Mexico. "He wanted peace and quiet. He was avoiding the media. He hadn't spoken with the press and was doing just that.

"But when he called me panicking on the freeway because he's in a dangerous situation, being followed by seven or eight cars…I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be. He can't go anywhere without being followed, and really, it's quite atrocious and intrusive—and I think it's highly unethical." 

Host Piers Morgan wasn't buying her story though and went on the offensive against Samantha.

"You say this is all the media's fault, that he's not coming to the wedding because of this, because the media have been treating him in a shabby way.

"Many of our viewers may have watched your activities in a year and half and think that you have treated your sister, Meghan, in a shabby way," Piers said referencing the fact Samantha is penning a book about Meghan called The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister.

He also pointed out the fact she had called Meghan "narcissistic" and "selfish" in the past.

Samantha argued back that "I think lot of what you're reading is from tabloids, which are wholly inaccurate."

Piers then went on to say that after all she has said "it's pretty rich coming from you" to blame media vultures for causing hardship to her family.

The Royal wedding will be live on TVNZ1 from 9pm on Saturday night.

Meghan Markle's father reportedly to undergo heart surgery, won't be able to attend daughter's wedding to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle’s father will reportedly not be able to walk her down the aisle because he is scheduled to undergo heart surgery.

Thomas Markle, who told TMZ this morning that he changed his mind and wanted to attend the wedding after yesterday saying he would not go, is scheduled to undergo surgery in the early hours of Thursday morning (Wednesday morning LA time).

FILE - In this April 25, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple will wed on May 19. (Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP, File)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly devastated over Thomas Markle's decision to not attend the wedding before his change of heart. Source: Associated Press

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"They will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed," Thomas Markle told the celebrity news website.

Last week, Mr Markle reportedly suffered a heart attack and was then hospitalised this morning (NZ time) with chest pain.

In an earlier report, Mr Markle said his daughter had tried to call him on Tuesday but he didn't have his phone on him, according to the celebrity news site.

He said she also texted saying she loved him and was concerned about his health.

Mr Markle said Meghan was not upset after his staged paparazzi photos. He was reportedly so upset by the reaction the photos that he decided to not attend the wedding.

He also said he didn’t think the Queen would be bothered by the photos.

"I don't think the Queen is thinking about what I'm doing."

"I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle."

If doctors allowed him out of hospital, Mr Markle said he will travel to England for the wedding.

Yesterday, Prince Harry and Ms Markle requested "understanding and respect" for her father after the celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Thomas Markle's decision is a bombshell for the bride-to-be. Source: 1 NEWS

Yesterday’s palace statement on the "difficult situation" did not confirm the TMZ report that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend. 


Pink announces sixth show at Auckland's Spark Arena

US singer Pink has announced a sixth show at Auckland's Spark Arena this September.

The sixth night at the arena will be Tuesday, September 11.

With her fifth show Pink broke the record for the highest number of concerts performed at Spark Arena on a single tour.

Pink will be performing in New Zealand as part of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

Tickets to the new show will go on sale Monday, May 21 at 2pm.

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