Samantha Markle is being investigated for bullying Meghan

Here's what we know...

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Here's what we know...

Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with her family, something that has plagued her first year as a royal.

The Markles as a whole have created a lot of drama around the now Duchess of Sussex, from estranged nephew Tyler Dooley naming his cannabis business after her to her father Thomas Markle continuously engaging with the press, despite Meghan’s reported pleas for him not too.

The most noise however has come from Meghan’s half sister Samantha Grant (now going by Markle).

From her rumoured appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, and her turning up to Kensington Palace with a camera crew to surprise the Duchess, to her selection of Meghan’s due date as the release date for her tell-all book, it’s safe to say that Samantha doesn’t have Meghan’s best interests at heart.

‘I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a “stiff upper lip”’, Meghan explained in a recent documentary interview. ‘I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging. I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair.’

There was a collective sigh of relief earlier this year when it was reported that Samantha’s Twitter account, @sammy_markle, had been suspended – reportedly due to her aggressive behaviour towards the Duchess of Sussex. And now the controversial figure is reportedly being investigated for cyberbullying.

Yes, according to Daily Mail, police have received complaints cross various countries, from the UK to Canada, accusing the figure of cyberbullying.

As a result, police in Florida are reportedly now investigating Samantha for online bullying, a crime that is considered harassment, and illegal in Florida.

‘There have been multiple reports of allegations of cyberbullying made,’ a police officer working on the case explained to the Sunday Mirror. ‘Samantha Markle is aware of this allegation. She has not been arrested. This is an ongoing case and I cannot speculate on a timeline yet or make any other comment.’

The royal family has not commented.

Jenny Proudfoot
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