Meghan Markle's half-sister challenges duchess to lie detector test

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George Clooney has criticised media treatment of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, saying she is being "pursued and vilified", and likening her scrutiny to that received by Princess Diana.

Speaking at an event in Los Angeles this week, Clooney, 57, claimed that history was repeating itself in the case of Meghan and Diana, warning: "we've seen how that ends".

Clooney also commented on the letter Meghan allegedly sent her estranged father, Thomas Markle; The Daily Mail published excerpts of it earlier this week.

The Duchess of York, who was married to Prince Andrew for a decade before the pair went their separate ways in 1996, then reflected on the way her relationship with Princess Diana had been portrayed.

In it, the Duchess pleads with her father to stop giving paid media interviews and to accept the help being offered to him.

They mentioned a five-page letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle Sr.

The pair's relationship is now at breaking point after Meghan claimed in the letter that Thomas has not contacted her, despite him strongly denying this.

You've told the press that you called me to say you weren't coming to the wedding - that didn't happen because you never called.

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"Either you know or be [quiet]", she said.

In the letter, Meghan also labelled her half-sister Samantha Markle as Thomas' "other daughter" and someone who she "barely knows", which prompted Samantha to retaliate.

Omid Scobie, a correspondent for United States television show Good Morning America, weighed in on the situation, saying Meghan should have been aware her father would leak the correspondence.

According to Vanity Fair, his releasing the letter has only made things even worse, and that tension is being felt throughout Kensington and Buckingham palaces.

Last month, five of Meghan's close friends told People magazine the duchess had endured "lies and untruths" and "global bullying" and they anxious how this would affect her and her baby.

The Hollywood star said media are harassing his friend, the Duchess of Sussex, in the same way they did her husband Prince Harry's mother.

Meghan has also faced intense interest from the unsparing United Kingdom press since her engagement to Prince Harry was announced in 2017.

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