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Meghan Markle's Estranged Family Talks Not Being Invited to Her Wedding

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Meghan Markle's distant relatives awkwardly speculate about their wedding invite status

The countdown to the royal wedding is on, so this should be the happiest time of Meghan Markle's life. Yet she's stuck dealing with a few skeletons that keep popping out of her family closet. The latest instance occurred on Monday, when two of Markle's estranged family members made an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

Let it be said that, according to InStyle, the connection between Markle and the TV guests — Tyler Dooley and his mother, Tracy Dooley — is tenuous at best. Tracy was formerly married to Markle's half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., but the couple has since divorced.

So what business do these two have going on television to talk about getting invitations to Markle's big day? Decidedly little, if any. That didn't stop them from doing just that, though, with Tyler telling the audience, "We've been here from the very beginning, I mean, her whole life, just always rooting her on and supporting her."

For her part, Tracy said, "Chances are I don't think that we are going to get the invitations, and that's just — that's fine. We're OK with that. But we're supporting her on and just having a good time, so proud of her."

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Clearly, the pair doesn't see the irony in claiming to support Markle and yet making this unsanctioned public television appearance. Such was made abundantly more apparent when one of the hosts asked when Tyler and Tracy last spoke with the royal bride-to-be.

Tyler said it had been three years since they spoke, which in and of itself is enough to label them as distant relatives. But Tracy really drove the point home when she confessed she hadn't had a conversation with Markle in 20 years. Would you invite anyone you hadn't spoken to in two decades to your wedding?

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Host Richard Madeley called the mother-son duo out, pointedly asking, "Well, then it doesn't seem unreasonable for you not to be invited, does it? I mean, if it's 20 years, you're pretty much on the fringes, aren't you, of the family, to be honest?"

Precisely! Henceforth Madeley will be referred to around here as the voice of reason.

After all, royal expert Katie Nicholl has already expressed that Markle is "very much estranged" from her half-brother and her half-sister, so it certainly stands to reason she isn't in touch with her very estranged half-brother's ex-wife.

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Markle can't seem to catch a break on the family drama front. In 2017, her aforementioned half-brother found himself on the wrong side of the law when he allegedly waved a gun at his girlfriend during a drunken fit of rage. Her half-sister, Samantha, is reportedly shopping a memoir titled "The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister." As you can surmise from the title, it doesn't paint Markle in the most flattering light.

At this point, we can only imagine Markle is more ready than ever to walk down the aisle with her true Prince Charming — the man who maintains she's a perfect fit for him and is proud to welcome her into the fold of "the family that I suppose she'd never had."

Here's hoping Markle's (super-) extended family will soon give this lovely couple a break so they can commence with eating, drinking and getting married.

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