Entertainment Celebrity Meghan Markle’s sister and dad in hospital as her mother arrives for the wedding
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Meghan Markle’s sister and dad in hospital as her mother arrives for the wedding

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Doria Ragland and daughter Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto on September 30, 2017. Photo: Getty
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After a week of drama, the good news for Meghan Markle is she’s been reunited in London with her mother Doria Ragland, who was whisked away from Heathrow Airport by a royal aide when she landed from Los Angeles on Wednesday (UK time).

As part of her carry on luggage Ms Ragland, 61, who took off from Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, was toting a Burberry dress bag, hailed as a major mother-of-the-bride outfit clue.

More good news? Meghan’s father Thomas Markle is “coherent and alert” in hospital after successful surgery to implant multiple stents after a heart attack last week.

Mr Markle said he would “risk his health and fly to England so he can be with his daughter”, it was reported, but doctors have now ruled out any chance he will walk Meghan down the aisle.

On Thursday (Wednesday US time) Mr Markle spoke from his hospital bed to TMZ, saying, “I’m okay. It will take a long time to heal. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited.”

But while Mr Markle, 73, is on the mend, another family member is less fortunate and has also landed in hospital.

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Thomas Markle, with baby Meghan, hates “the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history”. Photo: Instagram

Meghan’s estranged half-sister Samantha Grant – who was preparing to travel to England to appear on royal wedding related telecasts on Saturday – may be corralled in the United States after a car accident.

On Thursday morning (Wednesday US time), TMZ reported Ms Grant, also known as Markle, had been felled by an unexpected injury in Ocala, Florida.

The 53-year-old has a suspected broken ankle and fractured leg after apparently being involved in a car accident described as a “paparazzi confrontation”.

Her boyfriend Mark (last name unknown) told TMZ he was forced to swerve into a concrete barrier after a photographer veered in front of their car.

According to the gossip website, Ms Grant was thrown into the windshield and fell onto the car’s floor. Mark said the impact twisted her foot backwards.

Because the former actress is wheelchair bound with multiple sclerosis, she was reportedly unable to pull herself up. Mark said he drove her to a nearby hospital.

The reported accident capped off a rollercoaster few days for Ms Grant, who took responsibility for her father Thomas’ staged photographs scandal.

Ms Grant admitted she encouraged her father to collaborate with paparazzi because she felt it would portray him in a positive light in the eyes of the royal family.

Defending her actions on morning television show Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Ms Grant said her father wanted “peace and quiet” but was stalked by the “atrocious and intrusive” media, who she labelled as “vultures”.

It prompted the show’s co-host Piers Morgan to jump in: “There’s no bigger media vulture with this wedding than you, is there?” he said.

“How you can have the gall to come on here and talk about media vultures? You wrote a book called The Diary Of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

“You’ve been trashing her for two years, you little vulture.”

Ms Grant has given a number of interviews during her little sister’s two-year romance with Harry. In 2016, she slammed Meghan to The Mirror as a “shallow” and “narcissistic” social climber.

While the mother-of-three is probably benched for Saturday, Meghan’s extended family was photographed arriving at Heathrow on May 14.

Her nephews Tyler, 25, and Thomas Dooley, 26, and their mother Tracey Dooley Markle are believed to have been signed up as special correspondents for Good Morning Britain.

They have not been invited to the wedding.

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