In the third episode of the tell-all Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, which dropped the first part on Thursday, December 8, the Suits alum revealed she was advised to make some difficult decisions ahead of her 2018 wedding — such as allowing her communication with loved ones to be managed and even having to disinvite certain people in order to not "embarrass" the family she was about to join.
Ashleigh Hale, the estranged daughter of Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle, explained in a confessional that in the lead up to the royal wedding, she was led to believe the firm was in control of her aunt's phone. (The two got close over the years.)
"Communication with Meg became ... less and less frequent," Hale recalled. "My impression was that her relationships were being managed on some level."
When it came to who would be invited to the globally televised wedding, Meghan was forced to make difficult cuts to the guest list in order to stay in line with the family.
- Samantha Markle Insists 'Manipulative' Sister Meghan Markle 'Lied To' Her Daughter Ashleigh Hale About Wedding Snub
- Meghan Markle Describes Her & Prince Harry's Engagement Interview As An 'Orchestrated Reality Show'
- Samantha Markle's Daughter Ashleigh Hale Speaks Out For First Time, Says She Stopped Talking To Her Mom Due To Her Behavior Toward Meghan Markle
"I don't think anyone understands what that they small comms team was dealing with," the mother-of-two explained of the days leading up to their nuptials. "They just couldn't wrap their heads around it. How do we explain that this half-sister isn't invited to the wedding but that the half-sister's daughter is?"
Unfortunately, for the extended family member closest to Meghan, she would not be invited to attended one of the happiest days of her life. "With Ashleigh, the guidance at the time was to have her not come to the wedding," the former Deal or No Deal briefcase holder revealed, adding that she and her husband-to-be "painfully" called her niece to tell her why.
"I think I said I was hurt on some level but I understood where it was coming from," Hale said of the news. "To know that it was because of my biological mother, that this relationship that's so important to me was impacted in that way ... to feel like because of her it was taken away .... It's been hard."
Three more episodes of Netflix's Harry & Meghan will be released on Thursday, December 15.