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Old 04-13-2019, 11:48 AM
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"evolvingdoors", you stated that "Again it's a basic common courtesy of showing family members that while you may not be in touch you can still care for them." That is the point. Just because they might have the same blood line, you just might not care for them at all. The thought of them at your special day might just ruin it for you. So in my eyes, if you invite someone "just because" they are related through absolutely no fault of your own and you have absolutely no feelings for them, you are a hypocrite. It is the bride and groom's day. Along with the person paying the bill, they have the only say.
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We donít know, but I have to ask what sort of info do people think they would have sold from a ceremony that was already broadcasted on TV?
She could have simply invited them to the ceremony but not the dinner party.

As someone said: the common thing among all this fall outs is Meghan. While some members may be problematic, it is just too much of a odd case all of them are!

And you know what? I do believe many of her fans claim she has millions to her name, Certainly she had enough to live comfortably and be able to travel back and forth from Canada to the UK.. so yea in her place I would offer to at least cover the hotel room for my family, maybe even the plane ticket.
She had people she never met before the wedding, probably never saw again. Harry had relatives and people on his side whom he barely has any contact with- hack he had two ex girlfriend (at least!).

I can understand losing contact if youíre a career driven person (which is something Meghan and myself have in common) but I would still never think not to invite my family to my wedding. At least invite! Again itís a basic common courtesy of showing family members that while you may not be in touch you still care for them.

If this marriage ever ends, she will find out very quickly how important family is, because the royals will shut the door in her face and turn their backs on her faster than she can say ďlong live the queen/kingĒ
Meghan pretty much told us that her family consists of her mother, father and friends. Sheís going through a down period with her father, but thatís pretty much it when it comes down to her side of the family.

Yíall acting like yíall donít know how it is with family. Sometimes itís best to keep the peace by distancing yourself from some family members. Donít send them birthday cards, Christmas cards and donít invite them to your wedding because then some family members will know where you live and that youíre still alive. Thatís how the cookie crumbles.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:52 AM
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Meghan pretty much told us that her family consists of her mother, father and friends. Sheís going through a down period with her father, but thatís pretty much it when it comes down to her side of the family.

Yíall acting like yíall donít know how it is with family. Sometimes itís best to keep the peace by distancing yourself from some family members. Donít send them birthday cards, Christmas cards and donít invite them to your wedding because then some family members will know where you live and that youíre still alive. Thatís how the cookie crumbles.
All of this.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:53 AM
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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father ó- all due to Samanthaís jealousy (JMHO). Having said that ó- it is curious that Meghanís circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasnít (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:59 AM
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There is some family she has had contact with over the past few years. And who held their tongue. Ashleigh (said to be inspiration to her character) and her brother Christopher have proven not all Markles are loose lipped. She also has a younger Uncle, her mother's half brother, who never spoke out.

I remember hearing some suggestion a few were there in fact. They just sat among the general guests, so not to get identified. Its quite possible and actually believable.

Her true family, those who were not loose lipped, would not have expected her to pick up the tab for their clothes and tickets and such. Not everyone had to be in designer clothes.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:01 PM
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Exactly.

Here’s another reason I can see Meghan not inviting certain relatives- the real possibility of an argument breaking out at the wedding or reception between various family members. We know many of them don’t get along with each other. Who needs that stress.
We know just their own mouths that many of her relatives are not only estranged from her but from each other. The Markles don't need to be explained but lets not forget that this maternal half uncle admitted that their family lost touch after the matriarch died. He fully admitted he hasn't talked to Doria in years and had no real relationship with Meghan.

So both sides of her family are all distance with each other. Why is it on Meghan to fix these families? None of them bothered before she was a Duchess. She was on a TV show and they didn't care but now they do? This uncle talking about making scrapebooks of her current life. Again where was all this energy before? It is all so weird.

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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father —- all due to Samantha’s jealousy (JMHO). Having said that —- it is curious that Meghan’s circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasn’t (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO
This is also extremely false. Three of her closest friends are from pre fame. Genevieve (who hosted her baby shower) is her sorority sister (lives in Chicago), Lindsay was her college roommate (lives in NY and London), and Benita is her friend from LA she met post college when she moved back home. Meghan is also the godmother of her kids. Lucy is also a close friend from London. Not to mention Janina and Abigail might be actresses but she met them both BEFORE they all achieved their success. Also Heather. She owns yoga studios and lives in Texas.

This weird narrative that Meghan has no non celebrity friends is truly bizarre. She had a successful acting career. She has friends in her industry. That is to be expected but she has a close crew who have been around for a long time. And it says a lot that so many of her friends from different times in her life have also become close friends themselves. They are a tight bunch and the family she made for herself.

Just because you only know the famous ones (because that is who the the press fixate on) doesn't mean others don't exist. Unless you really want to know these people are just living their normal lives minding their business.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:03 PM
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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father ó- all due to Samanthaís jealousy (JMHO). Having said that ó- it is curious that Meghanís circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasnít (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO


Yes, she does. Off the top of my head, and I canít remember her name, but one of her closest friends from college was at the wedding and baby shower. In fact, I think she helped throw the baby shower.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:06 PM
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Yes, she does. Off the top of my head, and I canít remember her name, but one of her closest friends from college was at the wedding and baby shower. In fact, I think she helped throw the baby shower.
Correct - I don't remember the name, but it was mentioned on either the OnHeir or Royally Obsessed podcasts
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:09 PM
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Meghan has several friends she's known for years, Lyndsay Roth who met Meghan in her freshman year at NW is one, and she was at the wedding.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:11 PM
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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father —- all due to Samantha’s jealousy (JMHO). Having said that —- it is curious that Meghan’s circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasn’t (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO
Lindsay Roth-college friend from Northwestern.

Meghan is in her late 30s. Why would she have tons of friends from high school and college? I didn’t at that age. I had moved on with my life, drifted away from most of the people I knew during those years. I had little in common with them anymore.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:17 PM
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I have exactly ONE friend I'm still in contact with from high school. ONE. People move, change etc.


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Old 04-13-2019, 12:31 PM
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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father —- all due to Samantha’s jealousy (JMHO). Having said that —- it is curious that Meghan’s circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasn’t (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO
I’m sure she have a few friends from school. It’s just the attention is on her more famous friends. She have friends that’s not really known.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:38 PM
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I have exactly ONE friend I'm still in contact with from high school. ONE. People move, change etc.


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Same. The friend I've known the longest is one I met aged 19.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:41 PM
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You have a flaw in your assessment -- Meghan wasn't close to these people pre Harry. So why would she worry about them IF this marriage ended? Most these people admit she has not seen them in nearly 20 years.

Yes the common denominator is Meghan because she is the person they are all trying to cling to. Where were these people 5 years ago? Distant relatives coming out the woodwork is very common when someone gets something others want a piece of.

People should be mindful of comparing their family dynamics to others. It is great you would invite everyone under the sun. I would not. Meghan has not and honestly from what we have seen she made the right choice. We don't know these people. How can anyone tell someone how to deal with their family members?

And she is suppose to pay their expenses? That is a joke.
I agree. Unless all these family members were either present at her first marriage; or all up in arms that they weren't invited to that one; the only reason they wanted to attend her wedding this time is that Meghan was marrying a British prince. Had she married her unknown next door neighbor, they most likely would not have been interested at all to attend a wedding; and might even have complained about the cost of attending such a wedding of a family member they never saw. Why would she even think that they would be interested in attending...
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:43 PM
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Same. The friend I've known the longest is one I met aged 19.
Mine goes back to age 14 ...just a few years more! In my real world circle of friends (also small) they are about the same situation with their friends from school days..maybe still in contact with one or two.


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Old 04-13-2019, 12:46 PM
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I really feel for Meghan regarding the unfortunate situation with her father ó- all due to Samanthaís jealousy (JMHO). Having said that ó- it is curious that Meghanís circle of friends is from her Hollywood set. I just find it strange that she hasnít (at least it appears to be) any friends from high school or college. JMHO
That's a false narrative from the press. She has a close group of around 10 female friends. In fact of these 10 -12 women, only 2 I would call "hollywood".

Group 1 (20+ years and they were the main ones surrounding her mother in the quire)
1. Genevieve, best friend of over 20 years. She's the one who threw the baby shower in NYC for Meghan, and she also sat behind Meghan's mom at the wedding.
2. Benitta Litt (same as Genevieve). Went to Northwestern together and her twin girls were bridesmaids at the wedding. Sat next to Megs mom at the wedding.
3. Lindsay Roth (same as Gen and Benitta). Sat next to Genevieve and her husband.

Group 2 (5-15 years)
4. Heather Dorak
5. Jessica Mulroney (in the entertainment industry, but definitely NOT hollywood)
6. Abigail Spencer (Actress)
7. Misha Noono
8. Serena Williams
9. Marcus Anderson

Group 3 (don't know how long they've known each other )
10. Priyanka Chopra (actress)

There are two others, but I don't know their names. One was wearing that GORGEOUS orange dress with fringe at the wedding (actress).

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I agree. Unless all these family members were either present at her first marriage; or all up in arms that they weren't invited to that one; the only reason they wanted to attend her wedding this time is that Meghan was marrying a British prince. Had she married her unknown next door neighbor, they most likely would not have been interested at all to attend a wedding; and might even have complained about the cost of attending such a wedding of a family member they never saw. Why would she even think that they would be interested in attending...
Precisely my point. They weren't there at the first one, but all of sudden they need to be invited to the second one. Give me a break with their false outrage.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:53 PM
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Many thanks to the people in this thread who are providing facts. It's very helpful when reading gossip, rumours & conjecture to see the real situation spelled out with evidence.
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:00 PM
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Correct - I don't remember the name, but it was mentioned on either the OnHeir or Royally Obsessed podcasts
Genevieve Hillis. She sat behind Meghanís mom. Lindsay Jill Roth is also from Northwestern days. In fact, those sat the closest to the alter arenít in Hollywood. Ben and Jessica work in the industry, but they are in Toronto.

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There are two others, but I don't know their names. One was wearing that GORGEOUS orange dress with fringe at the wedding (actress).
Janina Gavankar. Theyíve been friends for about 15 years. Same story as Abby. While both work in the industry, theyíve been friends since before both reached much success. I believe Meghan and met both Abby and Janina at auditions.

Meghan actually has a decent number of long term friends given the geographical locations. People tend to have more friends from childhood if most didnít move else where. They tend to have more college friends if they all live nearby the same area. Once people move far away, the number tend to decrease. I moved about a 3 hour drive away three years ago, Iíve got about two or three friends that I keep regularly in touch with from there now. People have busy lives and they move on.
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:21 PM
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Janina Gavankar. Theyíve been friends for about 15 years. Same story as Abby. While both work in the industry, theyíve been friends since before both reached much success. I believe Meghan and met both Abby and Janina at auditions.

Meghan actually has a decent number of long term friends given the geographical locations. People tend to have more friends from childhood if most didnít move else where. They tend to have more college friends if they all live nearby the same area. Once people move far away, the number tend to decrease. I moved about a 3 hour drive away three years ago, Iíve got about two or three friends that I keep regularly in touch with from there now. People have busy lives and they move on.
Thanks Jacqui. Yes, Janina.

Meghan does have a healthy set of close friends that she has known for 10-20 years, and at her age (37), 17-28 years old is when you develop your friend set.

I'm 35, I have one friend from high school who I met when I was 15 (best friend who is now living Tokyo while I'm in NYC and we both went to high school in Florida). Many of my fiends today are people who I met after leaving high school at 17 (college, post grad, work, etc).
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Coming from someone who is her age, its not odd that she isn't still besties with people she knew in high school. Or in contact with a huge amount of college friends. Besides maybe social media and the odd contact. We're talking decades. Adult friends are no less important.

That said she has 2 friends from her college days who are still constants in her life:

-Genevieve Hillis was her sorority sister at North Western. She was at the wedding and was one of the 2 hosts (with Serena) of the baby shower.

-Jill Roth- met in English class at North western. Meghan was her maid of honor

Adult friends:

-Benita Litt: Meghan is godmother to her 8 and 7 year old daughters (her bridesmaids). I doubt she was godmother right after she met, would think they likely have known each other 9-10 years at least
-Markus Anderson: they have been friends since 2012 (6 years pre-wedding)
-Heather Dorak: LA friend and pilates instructor, 10+ years
-Janina Gavanker: yes a celebrity, but known Meghan for 15 years at the time of the wedding
-Jessica Mulroney: 2011 or so, when moved to Toronto. Helped Harry and Meghan keep dating secret


Even her more famous friends she has known for some years. Certainly pre-Harry. They aren't 'ditching friends for celebrities when she met a Prince'.
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