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Old 07-18-2018, 04:13 PM
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I wonder if Meghan relented and called her father for his birthday? There has been no ranting from Samantha today so maybe she did do a quick phone call.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:16 PM
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As I've stated the Markle's and Ragland's who are discrete should be shown some kind of public support; that's just what I would do.
What I worry about is that they'd be subjected to harassment then. Both publicly and from these rogue relatives. Sometimes keeping them under wraps is actually protecting them.

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That's a really good question Jacqui. I don't remember if the actual place where Tom's heart procedures was ever mentioned in the press and if it was, I've glossed over that fact and it didn't register. Anyone remember?
He named it on GMB.

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I wonder if Meghan relented and called her father for his birthday? There has been no ranting from Samantha today so maybe she did do a quick phone call.
Give it time. I doubt Meghan calling her dad would stop Samantha as that was never her end goal anyways. Just another thing she can rant about.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:23 PM
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When I only read through this thread - on knowing that my fellow Royal watchers are positive and quite experienced in observing shenaningans - don't you all think as well that too many of the Markle-family have been influenced by the fact that the Markle-father worked for such a long time for "Married with children"? For Meghan seems to be the only one of this family who doesn't behave as if they are cast members of this (terrible! obnoxious!) show.

I am so glad I believe in the "Nurture" theory, so I look so forward to Harry's and Meghan's "Happy bunch".
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:53 PM
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This is a very sad situation. The only person with the power to end is it Thomas Markle, Sr himself! He could just tell Samantha to stop it! Sadly, he doesn't seen to understand that he, indeed, does have the power in his hand to stop Samantha and, perhaps, make amends with Meghan and Harry.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:08 PM
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Thomas Snr has no power to make his eldest children stop their vile behaviour. While he kept quiet for a year, they did their worse to denigrate Meghan. And now he has joined them! He is no better than his eldest children. Meghan has done the right thing to cut him off and focus on her own life.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:53 PM
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Years ago I worked with the issues of HIPPA. It is my recollection that NO information may be given out unless the patient has listed the inquirer as someone who may receive information. IOW the clinic's response would be something to the effect that "that is information which is not available to the public". This claim by the Fail jumped out at me when I first read it as "not reliable".
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:24 PM
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This is a very sad situation. The only person with the power to end is it Thomas Markle, Sr himself! He could just tell Samantha to stop it! Sadly, he doesn't seen to understand that he, indeed, does have the power in his hand to stop Samantha and, perhaps, make amends with Meghan and Harry.
Thomas Markle Sr has the power to stop himself from talking and only himself. He has no power over what his two unfortunate eldest adult children say or do.
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:44 PM
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Sadly, there are no winners when family or friends strike out like this.

You can't have any kind of real conversation with them, because they are such gossips, you can't trust them to not sell anything you say.

Poor Meghan and poor royal family. This is verbal blackmail and no matter what the BRF do, these people will not behave with any decorum or class.

And no one is responsible for Tom, Sam or the other's behavior except themselves. They all need to grow up and shut up. Who cares who they think? Not me.

And I refuse to read their tawdry complaints anymore. Because that's the only rational response I can make in this case.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:46 PM
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I don't think there is any choice but for Markle Sr to be completely frozen out. He has no clue who and what he's dealing with in blabbing to the tabloids and lobbing crazy, hateful comments toward his newlywed daughter and her royal in-laws. As has already been pointed out, Sam Grant obviously has severe mental problems from being so fixated on bitterness and jealousy against a sister whom she is at least 17 to 18 years older than. And Tom Jr is older than that. They were both adults when Meghan was born, and yet began to harbor extreme jealousy against her when they saw how much attention Markle Sr gave to Meghan when she was young, as opposed to what the two of them had received. In fact, Markle Sr left them and their mother in Chicago when they were young to find work in Hollywood. Being a workaholic is apparently part of the reason why both of Markle Sr's marriages broke up. I would suspect his lack of good judgement and common sense were additional factors.

It's quite obvious that Samantha convinced her Dad to accept the tabloid's offer to set up those fake photos for the money. Sam appealed to her Dad's pride and vanity. She must be accustomed to using him over the years. Once he fell for that scam, Markle Sr decided to keep falling, instead of accepting the life raft offered by Meghan and Harry to still attend the wedding. About the heart surgery business, it's probably true, but there are questions. Still, none of this makes good sense. We obviously don't know what all the dysfunction is about. I just suspect that it stems from Markle Sr not having been a good father when the older two were young.

Andrew Morton spoke to both Tom Jr and Sam (but more-so to Tom Jr) for his book about Meghan. There are some interesting details mentioned in that book regarding the Markles. Tom Jr & Sam (formerly named Yvonne) were never close. They both moved to live with their Dad in L.A. as teenagers. When Markle Sr met and married Doria, Tom Jr and Sam lived with the newlyweds, and Doria reportedly tried her best to be a good influence and to take both of these problem teenagers under her wing. Sam was aloof and impossible to deal with. She was a typical rebellious teenager with an attitude. Plus she also dabbled in witchcraft and wore goth attire. Doria had a bit more success with reaching out to Tom Jr. But once again, as a workaholic, Markle Sr apparently never fully helped Doria with this effort to guide his two older restless and rambunctious kids.

Doria and Markle Sr did not have Meghan until at least 3 or 4 years after they married. So obviously, an effort was made to include the older two as part of their Dad's new relationship before Meghan was born. The elephant in the room I think is how much or how little Markle Sr's family actually fully accepted Doria, due to her different ethnic background. Morton described Tom Jr as having been closer to Doria initially than Sam/Yvonne, who probably never accepted her. Morton's book does mention that Sam/Yvonne told her friends that Doria was the maid. But Morton also said some sources indicated that Sam/Yvonne was supposedly just joking! When Meghan was born, more efforts were made to unify the family, but to no avail. There are those pictures of Sam/Yvonne at 18 or 19 holding one-year old Meghan. So likely the envy didn't start immediately, or maybe it did. How can anyone envy a baby though???

Markle Sr has spoken of how Meghan was the apple of his eye, and of course all of the family photos show that both parents adored their little girl. But I think it's safe to say that it was Doria and her mother, Jeannette, who nurtured Meghan the most into becoming the outstanding human being she is today. Doria apparently left Markle Sr when Meghan was two-years-old, and they were divorced when Meghan was six. Both parents surely did share helping to raise Meghan and both were instrumental in her formative years. However, I get the sense that Markle Sr has never been easy to get along with, and that there was more friction along the way which Meghan has chosen to put a happy face on because she's a positive, 'glass half-full' person. It boils down to Markle Sr not being good with relationships in his life, leading to problems with both marriages. Fortunately, he gave Meghan enough love and attention when she was growing up, added to the sound nurturing by her mother and maternal grandmother, that she was able to overcome the tensions of dysfunctions and estrangements that apparently existed on both sides of her family. Only her mother's side has shown a bit more discretion. Her mother's older half-brother, Joseph, did sell some photos and positive stories to the DF after the engagement announcement, but he has pocketed the money and kept quiet since then.

I would imagine that both Harry and Meghan bared their hearts to each other about their childhoods and so there are no secrets between them. Still, who could have expected Sam to get her claws so fully into Markle Sr that he would lose his mind in this way. Do you notice how Markle Sr keeps saying "my daughter, my daughter," and rarely if ever 'Meghan.' I think that shows how much vanity and pride he has. He apparently thinks he owns Meghan and her success in life. But again, I think he's being fed a lot of these ideas by Samantha. Meghan created her own success. Whatever good her father did for her, is what he should have done. And now he needs to cut his losses, because I believe what he's been doing in recent weeks is unforgiveable. He has indeed completely lost his younger daughter and any future grandchildren who will be British royals through and through. The Markles need to understand that they have no claim on Meghan, and they are so far from being royal themselves, it isn't even funny.

There is a difference between forgiveness and acceptance. I don't see any way at all that Meghan could ever forgive her father for making the egregious choices he has made. They offered an olive branch and he spit on it. Whether or not he has mental incapacities is not Meghan's problem. She did everything she could to try and include her father in her new life (with likely huge anxiety over how things would turn out because of surely numerous past betrayals on his part). What's happening now is unforgiveable, so the only avenue for Meghan to move toward is acceptance.

Here's an article that describes the ten steps of acceptance, when forgiveness is not an option. Perhaps it might be helpful for those experiencing similar betrayal and anguish:

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/relat...e-best-option/
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:11 AM
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True, but it will be really awkward if Markle stands outside KP screaming for Meghan.
Then what?
If they arrest him it will play into his agenda.
But what other recourse do they have? Just let him yell?
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If he just shows up, I think it will reflect badly on him and him alone.
Just do a Google search for "lawn tantrums" and imagine how bad it could get. Fortunately for Harry and Meghan, they live in a secure complex so an uninvited visitor should not get too far (fingers crossed!). It would be more of the media circus I'd worry about if Tom Sr. decides to tantrum on the Kensington Palace lawn. But that's the point of the whole practice -- to cause a disturbance in view on one's neighbors so that one ends up giving into the tantrumer's irrational demands.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:23 AM
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Just do a Google search for "lawn tantrums" and imagine how bad it could get. Fortunately for Harry and Meghan, they live in a secure complex so an uninvited visitor should not get too far (fingers crossed!). It would be more of the media circus I'd worry about if Tom Sr. decides to tantrum on the Kensington Palace lawn. But that's the point of the whole practice -- to cause a disturbance in view on one's neighbors so that one ends up giving into the tantrumer's irrational demands.
What do I have to think now when I googlöed "lawn tantrums" and the fifth vid that turned up was one of Meghan and Catherine attending Wimbledon? Hm...
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:50 AM
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Causing ANY sort of 'Breach of the Peace' at KP, would result in INSTANT removal for anyone, including Markle Sr..
Even if he is not [ultimately] charged with any offence, the wait in a holding cell, whilst investigations and paperwork are completed *MIGHT* turn out to be remarkably lengthy...
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:06 AM
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And it would also be very highly publicized and really put Tom, Sr. in a very bad light and most likely make him moan and groan even more to his press buddies.

He does say he's not going to wave flags and make a fool out of himself but rather check into a hotel and then try and get in contact with Meghan. Can anyone give me a good clue as to why calling from a hotel room in the UK would meet with a different result than calling from Mexico or California? I can imagine the phone call now.

Tom, Sr. dials the Kensington Palace phone number (available to anyone that cares to look for it. Its +44 20 3166 6000)

Tom, Sr.: Hello. This is Thomas Markle, The Duchess of Sussex's father. I'm here in London.
KP Operator: So?
Tom, Sr.: Can you put me through to her as I'd like to see my daughter, please.
KP Operator: I'm sorry, sir, but that is not something I am authorized to do. May I suggest you contact your daughter personally to resolve this matter?
Tom, Sr.: But!! She's my *daughter* and I have the right to see my *daughter*!!
KP Operator: Have a good day, sir. (click)

It just seems blatantly obvious that if Meghan does not want to see him or talk to him, there's no place on this earth that is going to change that decision for him. The press, however, may generously fund his trip and pay his lodgings just to get a good scoop out of it.

I'm with Albert Einstein who says “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Right now, this is the concise description of Mr. Markle's antics.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:27 AM
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I really don't think he could be bothered going to London. He is all talk and bluster. Going to London would be too much trouble for him.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:06 AM
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Not if it's an all expenses paid trip and he gets paid for it....I can totally see him going to London. His estranged son did the same thing!
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:18 AM
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The fact that Tom Markle Jr. flew all the way to UK, did a creepy photoshoot at Windsor Castle the day before but didn't go to wedding/stand in the crowds of the procession always seemed weird to me. When asked about it in interviews he said he didn't feel like going or something.

I always believed some police or security personnel must have had a "talk" with him because I doubt he simply just didn't want to go.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.expr...est-update/amp

Keep in mind the source is the express but it talked about some stalkers and potentially dangerous people that were identified before the wedding. 6 of these people were detained under the mental health act.

They flew in the brother that was arrested for pointing a gun at his girlfriends head and has accused him of domestic violence and said he was obsessed with Meghan.

Not to mention he blamed Meghan for ruining his life by bringing in media intrusion (which he started because he was the first to speak with them, and said she was the reason his fiancée left (not his violent behaviour).

This is someone I genuinely don't think anyone with common sense would leave in a room alone with Meghan. So I really think the media is willing to go much further and lower than we imagined.
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I wonder if Meghan relented and called her father for his birthday? There has been no ranting from Samantha today so maybe she did do a quick phone call.
Samantha was definitely ranting, just not on twitter. She went television instead to trash talk Meghan.

https://youtube.com/watch?feature=yo...&v=g5G61Nn1UzY

Samantha does not look well. Her obsessive hatred has to be taking a toll on her.
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Some of you made comments about HIPAA. According to someone, "hospitals can confirm admissions. My boss has called one to see where a coworker who went in the ambulance was taken. They can confirm that a patient is there or checked in. It's not against HIPPA law, you just can't reveal what for or the medical information".
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Samantha was definitely ranting, just not on twitter. She went television instead to trash talk Meghan.

https://youtube.com/watch?feature=yo...&v=g5G61Nn1UzY

Samantha does not look well. Her obsessive hatred has to be taking a toll on her.
For two people supposedly in ill health, they have boundless obsessive levels energy to devote to hatred. Both could of made better decisions, stayed on the right side and experienced the Halo affect. The half sister could of become spokesperson for her disease and write a cookbook. The father could of attended the wedding as planned and possibly renewed Hollywood connections and maybe find a new profession besides giving rambling/incoherent interviews. Moral of the story is never choose hate.

The UK media needs to pick a side also. The Markles offer short term and unsustainable payoff. The Royal family is a dividend that offers long term and sustainable payoff. Whatever file they have on the Markles they need to use it.

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Some of you made comments about HIPAA. According to someone, "hospitals can confirm admissions. My boss has called one to see where a coworker who went in the ambulance was taken. They can confirm that a patient is there or checked in. It's not against HIPPA law, you just can't reveal what for or the medical information".
During the time of Tom Sr. shenanigans, reporters in the area said that he had not even left his gated community. They also checked with nearby hospitals and reported that he was not admitted I imagine the RF wanted to still protect him even after his scam.
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During the time of Tom Sr. shenanigans, reporters in the area said that he had not even left his gated community. They also checked with nearby hospitals and reported that he was not admitted I imagine the RF wanted to still protect him even after his scam.
That's not true for the timeframe given about the implant. Valentine Low specifically tweeted that reporters on the ground said he wasn't home and they've been camping out there.
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