Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha apologizes after publicly slamming the Duchess

Meghan Markle's half sister is speaking out!

Following some controversial comments about the Duchess of Sussex, Samantha Markle has issued an apology to the newly minted royal. During an appearance on British show Jeremy Vine, Samantha said that she "wish[es] things could be different." Though Samantha did express her remorse, she also credited being left out of Meghan's royal wedding to Prince Harry as the reason for the animosity.

"There is so much water under the bridge and so much has spun out of control that was never intended to," Samantha told host Jeremy after he asked what message she had for Meghan. "I think everybody was hurt by not being included or invited to the wedding, but I felt as though it could have all been nipped in the bud had everyone been included and we all just agreed to move forward with positive resolve, and the hurt feelings wouldn't have snowballed."

"But, believe it or not, it doesn't mean that we love you any less," Samantha, a writer, continued. "I just think that families can be this way when there's confusion and when people are hurt. So, moving forward, I apologize and I wish things could be different."

During her appearance, viewers called in to weigh in on Samantha's behavior, many offering some harsh words. 

"Most of what you read in the tabloids is not true," Samantha said after one caller bashed her for her public comments. "...There have been so many times I've said, in live interviews, favorable things but they were not printed."

Another caller asked about Samantha's motives for originally speaking out, for which she cited alleged mistreatment of her father, Thomas Markle.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Hamilton Square on January 14, 2019 in Birkenhead, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Tim Rooke/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the '100 days of peace' concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War at on September 6, 2018 in London, England. The evening will benefit three mental health charities 'Heroes', 'Combat Stress' and 'Heads Together'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Sentebale Polo 2018 held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
DUBLIN IRELAND - JULY 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a meeting at the Taoiseach during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
WIDNESS, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opens the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widness, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: (L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Meghan Markle attends the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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"[My father] was being purposely ignored," Samantha claimed. "We were hoping that private channels would be used. When they failed we went public.The goal at that point wasn't just getting closer. It was also about bringing out a very important point that you don't isolate family, you are a humanitarian." 

Samantha continued, "The public were making a mockery of the family and it had to stop. Perhaps I was frustrated. I was lashing out more at the media."

Samantha also defended her father, for whom she said "money was not the goal." Her defense of her dad comes after he allegedly staged paparazzi photos of himself and accepted paid interviews

"With regards to the money and this idea of cashing in, he was turning down $50,000 interviews," Samantha claimed. "So clearly money was not the goal, and the small amount of money that he received, £1,500 [about $1,794.93], photographers made the money – not my father. It was never a goal."

When it came to the paparazzi photos, Samantha alleged that she came up with the idea after the press made him "look like a horrible slob."

''I would regret more allowing paparazzi to continue to make him look like a horrible slob and do everything they could to disparage him," she said. "[It felt] really wrong to allow that to continue."

After the photo scandal and health issues, Thomas was unable to attend the royal wedding, something, Samantha said, he was "looking forward to."

"He really wasn't up to par, but because he wanted to be at the wedding, he ignored the signs," she said. "...I think he was in denial, he wanted to be tough and brave it – be able to walk my sister down the aisle."

As for why she thinks Meghan shut her out, Samantha thinks the Duchess was simply hurt.

"I think that perhaps she was hurt – I felt like she should know better than to believe tabloids, but I think quite frankly she probably believed what she was seeing as well, and I guess there's also protocol that you say nothing," Samantha said. "So I think that snowballed unfortunately to a lot of hurt feelings on everyone's part, and I'm hoping that we can have a happy ending."

Samantha's currently in London -- a place she's "always wanted to see" -- but thinks it's unlikely that Meghan will speak to her in person. "I was hoping that maybe we would have the chance to speak, that she would know I was here," Samantha said. "But I don't think that's going to happen."

"There's so much misperception and hopefully we could clear up the record and move forward with peaceful resolve," Samantha said of her hopes for an in-person meeting.

Though Samantha acknowledged that Meghan was certainly hurt by the comments, Samantha continuously claimed that "reality has been twisted."

"This media madness has been quite overwhelming. And maybe it's quite powerful," Samantha said. "And so when you take something as powerful as that, that goes around the world at lightning speed, larger than life, whether you say nothing or you say something it's almost always twisted, we've experienced, for negative effect to sell publications."

Despite everything, Samantha seemed pleased that Meghan has "found her prince."

"As my little sister, and being older, I would think when I get older and when I pass away you wonder will your kids and your younger siblings be left in good hands? Well, I'm thankful she is in very good hands," she said of Prince Harry.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

(Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) 

Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

(Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)

Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

(Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) 

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