UNSEEN footage from Meghan Markle’s childhood has emerged ahead of a bombshell TV interview with her estranged family.
Her Dad Thomas Markle, step-sister Samantha and Thomas Jr have shared previously unseen footage and photos of Meghan growing up.
One image shows her laughing at the dinner table in a candid snap, while in another she sits on the back of an open-top convertible car as homecoming queen.
The photographs are what Meghan “never wanted the world to see”, according to journalist Taylor Auerbach.
The 7NEWS Australia Spotlight special will air on Sunday ahead of King Charles’ coronation on May 6.
In a trailer for the show posted to Twitter today, the Duchess of Sussex waves to friends as she does a victory lap of the school field after she was voted Homecoming Queen.
This is going to change everything
In another clip the then high schooler walks arm-in-arm with the dapper homecoming king.
Another home video shows the Duchess performing on stage as a young child.
She beams onstage while donning a spectacular costume featuring a cowboy hat.
Meghan’s estranged family are filmed smiling as they watch the home footage in a teaser for the interview.
Samantha tells the camera: “Meghan would still be a waitress if it wasn’t for Dad.”
She goes on to describe Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry as “toxic”.
Her step-brother Thomas Jr then adds: “We’re not gonna go away. This is going to change everything.”
And Dad Thomas makes an emotional plea to his daughter, asking “How can I fix this?”
Harry and Meghan’s marriage has come under the microscope in recent weeks following claims their working relationship is “breaking apart” and they are “leading separate lives”.
Former Suits actress Meghan, who has recently changed her hairstyle in a bold new look, has added fuel to the fire by signing up with A-list Hollywood talent agency WME.
It also comes amid further claims Harry is “homesick” and desperate to be at the King’s Coronation to support his father.
Close pal Daniel Martin, who has been Meghan’s make-up artist for 12 years, has confirmed Harry “misses the UK”.
While the Duke of Sussex will be at the Coronation in Westminster Abbey next week, Meghan will remain at their £14million mansion in Montecito, California, for their son Archie’s fourth birthday.
She is understood to also be busy with numerous lucrative work commitments and charitable projects based in the US.
The couple were last seen together publicly on Monday night at the LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies basketball game in LA.
Harry, 38, appeared to get the cold shoulder from his wife when he tried to move in for a kiss as the stadium’s “kiss cam” landed on them.
Meghan, 41, was not having any of it and turned her face away to avoid the awkward encounter.
Channel 7 show host Taylor Auerbach announced the news of the latest interview on his Twitter profile, writing: “WORLD EXCLUSIVE: This Sunday on @7NewsSpotlight — Meghan Markle as you’ve never seen her before.
“For the first time, the Markles unite with an extraordinary message on the eve of King Charles III’s coronation.
“These hidden tapes will stun the world! Only on @Channel7.”
In March this year, Meghan had a lawsuit filed by half-sister Samantha dismissed after a judge ruled in her favour.
The Duchess had been accused of spreading “malicious lies” about Samantha during her 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview, and again in 2020 with statements to reporters.
In Montecito, the Sussexes keep to themselves in the exclusive celebrity enclave, rarely venturing into town.
They have seemingly done little to integrate themselves into the local community.
Neighbour Frank McGinity, 88, says he felt rudely snubbed by the couple when he called at their home on the former Riven Rock Estate to share a film he had made on the history of the area.
He said: “I have a big house next to Harry and Meghan’s property and I live in the guest house while renting the main house out on Airbnb.
“Harry and Meghan live on old McCormick property and I went up to their gate with the films on a CD, but they weren’t interested.
“The gate guy turned me away and wouldn’t take the film, just saying ‘they’re not interested’.
“I was trying to be neighbourly. If they were interested in the neighbourhood I’ve got a lot of information.”
Mr McGinity, who runs a successful accountancy firm with offices in Santa Barbara, added: “We don’t see them very much around here.”
On the royal couple settling in Montecito, Mr McGinity added: “It’s surprising they came here.
“People are typically older.
“It’s where the elephants come to die.”