Meghan Markle’s Niece Ashleigh Hale: Meet Samantha’s Daughter

A candy household bond! Regardless of Meghan Markle’s estrangement from father Thomas Markle and her half-siblings, she is near niece Ashleigh Hale.

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“I’m Meg’s niece,” the immigration legal professional revealed within the third episode of Harry & Meghan, which premiered on Netflix on Thursday, December 8. “Meg is my aunt on the maternal aspect of my household. So, she is my organic mom’s half-sister.”

The lawyer’s organic mom is Samantha Markle, whom Thomas shared with ex-wife Roslyn Markle alongside son Thomas Jr. Nonetheless, Hale was raised by her paternal grandparents, alongside brother Christopher Hale.

“So, they obtained custody of us once I was in all probability round 2 years previous and, finally, they did undertake us,” Ashleigh stated in Thursday’s episode. “So, I used to be raised by my paternal grandparents and, you realize, for me, they have been my mother and father.”

Ashleigh additional claimed in Harry & Meghan that she had not seen Samantha, now 58, since she was 6 years previous earlier than they reconnected in 2007. Shortly after the mother-daughter pair’s reunion, the 78-year-old former lighting director informed Meghan the information. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, was instantly fascinated by reaching out to Hale through e mail.

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“It began out with these lengthy emails forwards and backwards to one another after which texts and calls,” Ashleigh recalled within the Netflix doc. “After some time, I feel we have been speaking, on some degree, a number of days per week.”

Meghan and her niece shortly “hit it off” and commenced planning journeys throughout the actress’ hiatuses from Fits, which was filmed in Toronto.

“I feel she takes on a variety of roles to me. There is a sister component, there’s one thing maternal, she’s a greatest buddy, she’s kinda all of the issues,” Ashleigh gushed in Harry & Meghan, as footage flashed of the twosome bonding via the years.

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Meghan added: “I feel we each craved the identical factor. I wished a sister and he or she was like a bit of sister. Ash was put via fairly a bit by the media simply via affiliation. I did not need her life to be plagued with all that drama.”

Because the Bench creator and Prince Harry started planning their Might 2018 nuptials, it was advised to the bride that her niece be excluded from the visitor checklist given Meghan’s household drama together with her father and siblings.

“I do not assume anybody understands what that very small comms workforce was coping with,” Meghan claimed within the Thursday episode. “They only could not wrap their heads round it and I’ve compassion for it. How can we clarify that this half-sister is not invited to the marriage, however that the half-sister’s daughter is? And so with Ashleigh, the steering on the time was to not have her come to our wedding ceremony.”

She added: “I used to be within the automobile with H. I had [Ashleigh] on speakerphone and we talked her via what steering we have been being given and why this evaluation was made and that is painful.”

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All through Meghan’s early relationship with the 38-year-old Duke of Sussex, Samantha had been outspoken about her estranged relationship with the actress. Samantha even titled her memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. 

“I feel it might be very laborious to ‘inform all’ while you don’t know me,” Meghan quipped about her half-sibling’s memoir throughout her CBS tell-all interview in March 2021. “This can be a very completely different scenario than my dad, proper? Whenever you discuss betrayal, betrayal comes from somebody that you’ve a relationship with, proper? I don’t really feel comfy speaking about folks that I actually don’t know.”

Meghan — who famous on the time that she had not seen Samantha in individual in almost twenty years — revealed that she grew up as an “solely youngster.” The California native’s mother and father, Thomas and Doria Ragland, cut up when Meghan was a toddler. Whereas Meghan famous in Harry & Meghan that her mother and father “coparented nicely,” she grew to become estranged from her father forward of her wedding ceremony after he reportedly staged images of himself preparing for the massive day and chatting with the press about their relationship.

Earlier than Meghan and Thomas’ rift, they remained shut — however the former Deal or No Deal mannequin alleged she was by no means as tight with Samantha.

Instantly, it felt like she was in all places,” Meghan stated within the doc after Samantha began talking out about their sibling dynamics amid her romance with Harry. “I don’t know your center title. I don’t know your birthday. You’re telling these individuals you raised me, and also you coined me ‘Princess Pushy?’ I don’t keep in mind seeing her once I was a child at my dad’s home. … I hadn’t had a fallout together with her. We didn’t have a closeness to have the ability to have that. And I wished a sister!”

The primary three episodes of Harry & Meghan are presently streaming on Netflix.

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