Meghan Markle’s aunt has chastised the duchess for failing to reach out with condolences nearly three months after her uncle died.
Aunt Pam hasn’t heard from her niece in the three months since her uncle died. She says Meghan and her uncle Joseph were close when she was a child.
Joseph ‘JJ’ Johnson died on August 27 at the age of 72 following a battle with congestive heart failure, and his wife Pam has disclosed that some family members are furious with Meghan for failing to reach out in the aftermath of his death.
British royal specialists took advantage of the chance to criticize the former American actress for failing to express condolences to her uncle’s family.
The bereaved aunt told The Mirror exclusively that Meghan must be aware of Joseph’s death, just as her mother, Doria, is.
‘We’ve had no words of condolence from Meghan,’ Pam told the Mirror. ‘Some of my family members are upset that she hasn’t reached out.
Pam said: “I understand with her royal status Meghan has a lot going on. But still it hurts not to have heard from her.”
When Doria was working, Joseph’s mother, Jeanette, Meghan’s grandmother, took care of her, and Meghan returned the favor when Jeanette had a stroke a few years later.
‘Meghan was very close to us, spent many nights at our house and was good friends with my son, Sean,’ Pam said.
‘She looked after Jeanette, took her to doctors appointments and really helped care for her. But as she grew up and became an actress, like many families, we drifted apart.’
Pam said that Meghan had not talked to her uncle since December 2017, when he leaked images of her, but that he intended to reconcile with Meghan before his death, and she is optimistic that Meghan will reach out now.
Despite their dispute over the images, Pam claims Joseph never stopped loving his niece.
“He was really proud of her and if her name was mentioned in the news he’d tell people, ‘Hey, that’s my niece!’ That was a real joy for him,” she said.
According to Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, who shared a chat with the Duchess’ aunt, “Compassion into action” isn’t what Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity is all about.
Meghan, according to royal analyst Angela Levin, “obviously excludes those who are of no use in her self promotion.”
Pam’s family was not invited to Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding the following year.
Pam couldn’t understand the duchess’ outrage over “such beautiful photographs” and said, “I think it’s time for forgiveness – if there’s anything to forgive”
Joseph was a talented artist and sculptor who had been married to Pam for 41 years.
Pam’s remarks came only a few days after Meghan appeared on the Elle DeGeneres Show for an hour-long interview in which she promoted her children’s book The Bench, which is based on husband Prince Harry’s bond with son Archie.
She said that Joseph thought the couple would have reconciled before his death, but she still hopes Meghan can contact the family.
In the run-up to Meghan’s wedding in 2018, Joseph described her as “magical” and said that “we’ve always been so proud of her”