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Meghan Markle’s sister said she is “thankful to God” after her father, Thomas Markle, survived a stroke that “could have been fatal”.

Speaking on GB News, a visibly distraught Samantha Markle almost burst into tears, but said it could take a “year” for her father to get his speech back.

Ms Markle said it was “hard for me to talk about it” but her father was better.

She said: “He is better. He’s in a good mood and it’s still hard for me to talk about it because he’s been through so much: the heart attack, a pandemic, a stroke.

“I don’t think he saw it coming, but he’s doing better, he’s in good spirits.

“I am so thankful to God that I called him when I did it because he was slurring his words, he couldn’t speak.

“I feel like if we hadn’t gotten emergency care right away it could have been fatal, so I feel very blessed that he’s getting some of his strength back.”

Ms Markle told GB News about her father’s prognosis and how badly the stroke had affected him.

She added: “It’s going to take several, maybe six months, maybe a year to get his speech back.

“He can work with a speech therapist and it’s good, the speech he had in the part of the brain that produces speech wasn’t so big that he couldn’t recover. But you know that when you are almost 80 years old, there is less plasticity and things are more difficult.

“So he has the memory of words and associations, the stroke was on the right side of the brain, so the damage was on the left side and he is left-handed. But it also affected his speech and his ability to swallow.

“All things considered, he’s amazing, he’s in a good mood.

“We’re not, we’re walking on eggshells and sad and going through a tough time, but he’s being our soldier.”

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