Meghan Markle's niece defends her, tells family to stop 'ripping itself apart' over royal wedding
Meghan Markle's family has been not very friendly towards her ever since they found they have not received an invite to the royal wedding which is scheduled to take place on May 19. However, there is one person in the family who supports Meghan and that is her niece, Noel Rasmussen.
Talking to Mirror, Noel admits that her family has not taken well the idea of not receiving the invite but believes it is “ripping the family apart” by still sticking to that matter. She hoped that soon they will all come to realize that Meghan is doing what she thinks is best and get past the drama before her special day arrives. “Things have been crazy ever since Meghan and Prince Harry got together, but I think it will die down and I hope these wounds are healed,” she said.
“It’s in Meghan’s nature to be a good person and she won’t want any bad feelings. I think she is doing the best she can in the public eye." Noel, who is Meghan's sister Samantha's daughter, said that she has always looked up to how Meghan has tried to value the people who are close to her.
“I’ve always really looked up to her, like a big sister I never had. She took me shopping for kids books and clothes," she said. She taught me how important it was to read books. She’s kind, genuine, very thoughtful and warm.” Noel added that she has been "embarrassed" by how her family members have been acting with regard to the royal wedding.
For instance, last week, Noel's mother, Samantha asked Prince Harry to 'man up' and ask Meghan to invite the rest of the family. She also accused the royal of hypocrisy by talking “about humanitarianism” while allowing “Meg to ignore the Markles”. Noel thinks that her mother needs to stop going after her sister. She has not spoken to her mother and is not pleased with how she is choosing to manage the situation with Meghan and her wedding.
“My mom has got to stop what she’s doing," she said. “I think she likes the attention being Meghan’s sister gives her. She likes the spotlight and the 15 minutes of fame and somewhere deep down she probably is hurt that she didn’t get an invite to the wedding."
Noel believes that it is the older members of the family who are finding it hard to accept the fact that they are not invited, while others, who are younger, do not care much about it. "There’s a select few in the family – like me and my young cousins Thomas III and TJ – who haven’t asked for anything," she said.
"It’s the older ones who have been causing the war of words which is ripping the family apart. It seems like they’re the ones expecting handouts and favors." Noel does not believe that Meghan owes anything to her family members and should do what she thinks is right. Recently, Meghan's brother, Tom Markle Jnr also criticized her for not inviting the family. He also claimed that she lost touch with the family as soon as her career in Hollywood kicked off.
However, Noel said she understood where these emotions stemmed from for her uncle but hoped that things faded soon. “It’s understandable where Uncle Tom’s emotions are coming from as that is his sister after all, but I don’t think Meghan has ever thought of herself as above anyone else," she said.
Recalling the last time she met Meghan in 2008 she said, " It was great of her to make an effort and visit Albuquerque all the way from LA. At the time her career was taking off and she was busy, but she still made time for us. I didn’t think then she thought of herself as a star in the making." She added that she hoped Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle got a chance to walk her down the aisle while adding that she is sure Meghan is "going to be a good wife and mom and a great ambassador for America.”