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The older sibling of the new Duchess of Sussex addressed mounting claims that she has financially benefitted from her connection to the royal in a new Monday interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Just last week, the 53 year old media personality made headlines after taking to Twitter to accuse Meghan of ignoring their father whose health seems to be deteriorating rapidly.
In one Tweet, Samantha shared: “Act like a humanitarian, act like a woman, If our father dies, it’s on you Meg.”
The older Markle sister launched her Twitter war shortly after Meghan’s father Thomas said that his daughter had cut all ties with him.
In the wake of the buzz, Samantha made an appearance at the Good Morning Britain Show on Monday where she spoke at length about the state of the relationship between herself and Meghan and if she’s cashing out from Meghan’s marriage to the royal family.
She revealed that she is in fact taking full advantage of her sister’s royalty status. In her words:
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.
On her infamous Twitter charade, Samantha opened up about regretting it “to a degree”.
“I 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 of that,” she said on the morning program. “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 I think no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about the royal and, as a family, we’re not subject to royal protocol.”
As she continued, “Why would I stop living because we have a family issue going on?”
“The media makes billions of dollars off of social issues and talking about the royals, so I don’t see how were any different,” she argued. “No one has a copyright on our life experiences and so, I think the public forgets that within the family, we’re each individuals with our own life experiences. With all due respect, its not just Meghan. We’re entitled to share that. We’re entitled to be open about it and if we can shed some light on some issues for the public, then great and we can enjoy the process. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s not disparaging. It’s not harmful.”
As Samantha concluded, “For someone to say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t take any money. You should turn down a paycheck,’ well go tell your boss you don’t want a paycheck for interviewing me because that’s cashing in.”