Prince Harry is currently engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, and they are engaged to be married in May. Harry recently spoke out to take a jab at Markle’s family, but the actress’s sister wasn’t having any of it.

“She’s getting in there and it’s the family I suppose that she’s never had,” Harry said of Markle spending the Christmas holiday with his family. Conservative Tribune reported that Samantha Markle fired back by pointing out that the actress does indeed have a family.

“Actually she [Meghan] has a large family who were always there with her and for her,” Samantha wrote. “Meg’s family (our family) is complete with sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the glue of our family, our amazing completely self-sacrificing father. She always had this family… Marrying merely extends it.”

Markle’s brother Thomas Markle Jr. spoke out to echo this sentiment.

“We were as close as we could be, as tight as we could be, that’s what we were,” Thomas said. “We’d get together on Christmases, on holidays, on birthdays, on Thanksgivings… It was always somewhere, even though we lived in different parts of the city [Los Angeles] – we still all got together. Obviously, she had a family.”

Thomas has previously spoken out to talk about how hurt he is that Markle has been ignoring him in recent months.

“My lawyer had a phone meeting with her lawyer, and he emailed me some of [Meghan’s] direct words,” Thomas told In Touch. “She said, ‘That’s distant family and I don’t know those people.’ That’s pretty harsh,” he said, calling it “a slap in the face” and “below the belt.”

“There was a time where people were following me around at work, taking pictures and posting horrible stories about me and my family saying I’m a white supremacist, a drug addict and a dealer, all this crap that just isn’t true,” he explained. “My attorney was reaching out to [Meghan’s] people and the palace to basically [help us] try to get a retraction for all these false stories in [countries] where there are different laws.”

Thomas added that he thinks it’s “ridiculous” that Markle claims he is a stranger to her.

“I spent a lot of time with her growing up,” he said.

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