Kensington Palace did not confirm Thomas’ abrupt absence, saying only, “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Samantha Grant, Meghan’s half-sister, took the fall for their father on ITV’s Loose WomenMonday. After Thomas reportedly spoke to TMZ that afternoon, she appeared via satellite on ITV’s Good Morning Britain Tuesday to shame the world’s media for invading her dad’s privacy.
“He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse,” she said of Thomas, who lives in Mexico. “He is a very intelligent man. He’s been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years. He wanted peace and quiet. He was avoiding the media. He hadn’t spoken with the press and was doing just that. But when he called me panicking on the freeway because he’s in a dangerous situation, being followed by seven or eight cars…I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be. He was so stressed out; they rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them. He can’t open his blinds. He can’t go anywhere without being followed, and really, it’s quite atrocious and intrusive—and I think it’s highly unethical.”
As for why Samantha encouraged Thomas to stage paparazzi photos, she said, “The goal of those photographs was basically because he’s feeling defenseless. A person has the right to say, ‘Enough is enough.'” She then shamed “media vultures” for allegedly “taking advantage” of him. But Piers didn’t believe Samantha was being honest about the situation. “Here’s the problem with all this: In the last few weeks, the British media have been bombarded with letters from Kensington Palace saying he wants to be left alone,” he explained. “And now, it turns out he was actively invading his own privacy. I now feel sorry for his own daughter, who doesn’t have her father at the wedding because he has been caught up posing for paparazzi photos.” He also accused Samantha of “trading off her very tenuous connection” with Meghan, whom she has not seen in 10 years. “It’s pretty rich coming from you, Samantha, to accuse media of being vultures…There’s no bigger media vulture with this wedding than you, is there? How do you have the gall to come on here and talk about media vultures? You’re doing a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister. You have been trashing her for two years, you little vulture!”