7 people Meghan Markle ghosted after royalty – from Lizzie Cundy to dad Thomas

Meghan Markle is no stranger to media attention, and, let’s face it, it’s not always for the most positive, glowing reasons.

The 40-year-old American former actress, who lives in California with her husband Prince Harry, has been on the sharp end of many an online attack since her rise to royalty.

In a somewhat heartbreaking tale, it’s often controversy surrounding Meghan’s relationship with her estranged father Thomas that hits the headlines.

Elsewhere, it’ll be the scathing opinions of TV personality Piers Morgan.

So with everyone having a different story to tell, let’s take a look at seven of the people Meghan allegedly ‘ghosted’ on her road to royalty.

Piers Morgan



Piers Morgan continues to slam Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Well, this one won’t come as much of a shock.

The 57 year old broadcaster is very open about his bitter dislike of Meghan Markle, and has largely led the campaign of hate against her.

Yet, his origin story of scorn has a pretty mundane beginning which led to their surprising friendship U-turn.

Piers and Meghan first connected via social media in 2016.

The unlikely duo then met up for “two hours” in a pub while Meghan was on a trip to the UK to support her tennis-playing bestie Serena Williams at Wimbledon.



Piers quit his presenting job on GMB after being confronted on comments he made about Meghan's Oprah interview
Piers quit his presenting job on GMB after being confronted on comments he made about Meghan’s Oprah interview

Piers revealed all during an appearance on The Late Late Show in 2018: “She had a couple of dirty martinis, I had a couple of pints, we got on brilliantly.

“And then I put her in a cab, and it turned out to be a cab which took her to a party where she met Prince Harry.

“And the next night they had a solo dinner together, and that was the last I heard from Meghan Markle.

He concluded: “She ghosted me. Meghan Markle ghosted me.”

He later labeled her as a “ruthless social climber” and one thing is safe to say… he’s certainly not over it.

Samantha Markle



Meghan's half-sister Samantha hasn't shied away from talking about Meghan in the press
Meghan’s half-sister Samantha hasn’t shied away from talking about Meghan in the press

There are always going to be tiffs between family members, and even big blow-ups that, at the time, you think are impossible to recover from.

Well, there are family tiffs and then there is publishing a tell-all memoir that completely blasts your own half-sister.

Yep, you guessed it, that’s exactly what Samantha Markle chose to do after not receiving an invitation to Meghan’s first wedding to Trevor Engelson, and again being blacklisted from her royal wedding to Prince Harry.

It would appear that Samantha took this very close to heart, and released The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister in January 2021.

The 57 year old is said to be taking the Duchess of Sussex to court after documents were apparently filed claiming the former Royal lied about her family during the tell-all with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan told Oprah that she “grew up as an only child” and that she “would have loved to have had siblings”

Meghan added that it would have been hard for Samantha to write a “‘tell all’ when you don’t know me”.



Samantha Markle says she has a 'fractured' relationship with half-sister Meghan
Samantha Markle says she has a ‘fractured’ relationship with half-sister Meghan

But, Samantha came right back and said to Inside Edition: “I don’t know how she can say ‘I don’t know her’ and she was an only child.

“We’ve got photographs over a lifespan of us together. So how can she not know me?”

Lizzie Cundy



Lizzie Cundy revealed that Meghan "wanted that power and fame"
Lizzie Cundy revealed that Meghan “wanted that power and fame”

After Lizzie Cundy was thrown off TV for ripping up a mask of her ex gal pal Meghan Markle, it’s pretty obvious that these two are no longer BFFs.

The former model struck up a bond with Meghan back in 2013, when the pair attended the same charity dinner in London.

At this point in time, Meghan was still appearing as an actress in American sitcom Suits and allegedly asked if Lizzie knew “any famous guys”.

Lizzie said that she added: “I’m single and I really love English men.”



Lizzie has said that her and Piers are always branded as being "bitter"but that it's not true in her case
Lizzie has said that her and Piers are always branded as being “bitter”, but that it’s not true in her case

Lizzie said she exchanged texts with Meghan to chat about her new royal romance, but things turned sour from that point onwards.

She recalled: “I texted saying: ‘Oh my God, I heard about Harry.’

And she was like: ‘Yeah, I know. We’ll try and hook up.’

“She was probably told by the palace to end contact with people she befriended in the media.

“I was literally ghosted by her.”

Since then, Lizzie has claimed not to feel any bitterness towards Meghan, saying: “There was no one more happy than me when they got together.”



Lizzie Cundy was ordered to leave James Whale's TV set after ripping up a mask of Meghan Markle
Lizzie Cundy was ordered to leave James Whale’s TV set after ripping up a mask of Meghan Markle

The TV personality, 54, was appearing on James Whale’s Talk TV show last week when she ripped the mask of Meghan and said: “Not a royal anymore.”

Thomas Markle (her dad)



Meghan and her father Thomas Markle have been estranged for years
Meghan and her father Thomas Markle have been estranged for years

Perhaps the most famous of all Meghan’s “ghostings” is that of her somewhat controversial father, Thomas Markle.

All seemed quiet on the Western front until it was revealed that Thomas had spoken to paparazzi ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

Thomas later told Good Morning Britain that he wished he “hadn’t done the whole thing”, but the rift between father and daughter long since continued.



Thomas Markle recently suffered a stroke ahead of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
Thomas Markle recently suffered a stroke ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

He told GMB that he will continue to do press interviews until Meghan reaches out to him, and uses them as a ploy to keep in touch.

He said: “Bottom line is I’ve never heard back from Harry and Meghan in any way, shape or form.

“Basically what I do because I don’t hear from them, I do a story with the press.”

However, Meghan Markle is now reportedly set to heal her four year long rift with her estranged father, following his stroke in May.

A source said: “Despite their estrangement, Meghan is concerned.

“She wants to know if there is any way to contact her father privately, without other family knowing about it or having to get involved.”

Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne

Meghan’s former agent, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, was ditched after things between her and Prince Harry began heating up.

The pair had been working together since 2015.



Meghan and Harry's first trip together was to Botswana in 2016
Meghan and Harry’s first trip together was to Botswana in 2016

Gina said: “After the date, she was telling me what a great guy he was, a real gentleman, genuinely nice, and when I asked if she would see him again she said: ‘Well, it looks like it’.”

They lost contact after Harry and Meghan’s trip to Botswana in 2017, when Gina claims the actress returned from the trip saying: “We’re going to change the world.”

Millie Mackintosh



Meghan Markle used to spend time with former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh when she lived in London
Meghan Markle used to spend time with former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh when she lived in London

29 year old Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh had matching friendship bracelets with Meghan Markle once upon a time, but the pair have since become distant.

Millie was famously snubbed from the royal wedding celebrations after reportedly being a part of the planning party.

Ninaki Priddy



Meghan and Ninaki had been friends since childhood
Meghan and Ninaki had been friends since childhood

Ninaki Priddy and Meghan were childhood pals right the way through to adulthood; Ninaki was even maid of honor at Meghan’s first wedding.

But, when Ninaki spoke to the tabloids and shared private details about their relationship and her first wedding, things changed… for the worse.

Ninaki told reporters at the time: “We’d been like sisters since we were two-years-old, so I knew she’d always wanted to get married.

“To see her finally doing that was…well, it was a big deal. It was such a moving wedding.”

Since marrying into royalty, the pair have stopped speaking and Ninaki now thinks “cold” Meghan has been “very calculated” in her relationships.



Meghan attended the Service of Thanksgiving with husband Harry as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Meghan attended the Service of Thanksgiving with husband Harry as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

She revealed: “All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated – very calculated – in the way she handled people and relationships.

“She is very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends. Once she decides you’re not part of her life, she can be very cold.

“It’s this shutdown mechanism she has. There’s nothing to negotiate.

“She’s made her decision and that’s it.”

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