Meghan Markle’s aunt has claimed that the Duchess has not connected with her since the death of her uncle three months ago.
Joseph ‘JJ’ Johnson passed away on 27 August at 72 years old from congestive heart failure, to the devastation of his family including his widow Pam.
Meghan spent part of her childhood raised by Joseph’s mother and her grandmother, Jeanette, and so the pair are believed to have been close at one point.
Pam has now said: “We’ve had no words of condolence from Meghan."
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“I know that Meghan knows about his passing because her mother, Doria, knows,” she told The Mirror. "And she is certain to have told Meghan. There’s no way Meghan doesn’t know.
“Some of my family members are upset that she hasn’t reached out. I understand with her royal status Meghan has a lot going on, but still it hurts not to have heard from her."
This comes after Meghan’s appearance on Ellen Degeneres' self-titled US chat show earlier this week.
Pam revealed that Jeanette looked after Meghan as a child whenever her mother, Doria Ragland, had to work and Meghan later cared for her grandmother when she suffered a stroke.
“Meghan was very close to us, spent many nights at our house and was good friends with my son, Sean,” she said.
“She looked after Jeanette, took her to doctor’s appointments and really helped care for her. But as she grew up and became an actress, like many families, we drifted apart.”
Joseph lived in Fresno, which is located four hours away from where Meghan was raised in Hollywood, and was a successful architect and sculptor.
After they sold photographs of Meghan to the press in 2017, the Duchess broke contact with her aunt and uncle. They were not invited to her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
In the years that passed, and as Joseph’s health started to deteriorate, Pam hoped along with her late husband that Meghan could forgive and them and form a reconciliation.
“I’m not sure why she would be angry about the release of such beautiful pictures, which showed a lot of the family,” she said.
“I think it’s time for forgiveness – if there’s anything to forgive.
“He [My husband] truly admired Meghan, and all that she’d achieved. He was really proud of her and if her name was mentioned in the news he’d tell people, ‘Hey, that’s my niece!’ That was a real joy for him.
“He would have loved to have reconciled with Meghan before he died, but that wasn’t to be.
“It was stressful for JJ. Now he’s passed, I hope Meghan can reach out. I don’t want any more of that type of grief between our two families.”
Joseph had provided the press with an image of Meghan as a bridesmaid to her aunt Saundra in 1986, in efforts to showcase “her roots and where she came from” as he hailed the Duchess “magical”.
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