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Meghan faces fresh criticism as Samantha Markle returns on Twitter

Prince Harry is in Meghan's 'shadow' says Samantha Markle

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Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Markle has returned to Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover. In a new interview, the elder half-sister of the Duchess of Sussex claimed her account had been “shut down by bots and trolls” who had “falsely” reported it.

In an interview with The Steeple Times, Ms Markle also praised the Tesla CEO in the wake of his acquisition of the social media platform.

She said: “I’m glad that Elon Musk is going to save free speech and [turn] Twitter into a greater platform than it has ever been.

“We can all have our opinions, and disagree. Elon Musk wants to make it fair for both the right and the left equally.

“Differing opinions and controversy make people think and grow.”

She added Mr Musk’s Twitter takeover will be “a historically positive change for our social and economic world”.

Mr Musk closed his deal with Twitter, Inc. on October 27 and immediately became the company’s new owner and CEO.

He has since proposed several changes for the social media platform, including forming a “content moderation council” to bring together diverse views on moderating content on Twitter and making holders of blue tick accounts, used to verify users, pay a monthly fee.

Ms Markle’s return on Twitter may be bad news for the Duchess of Sussex, as her half-sister has taken to the social media platform to criticise Prince Harry’s wife in the past. 

Ms Markle’s second account (@TheMarkleSammy) was suspended from Twitter in March “due to ban evasion”, the social media platform said.

This decision was announced days after BuzzFeed claimed in an article the account had been used to share negative comments against Meghan and conspiracy theories about the Duchess’ pregnancies.

Ms Markle’s lawyer, Douglas Kahle, firmly denied the allegations at the time and claimed the Twitter account was hacked and that the tweets published by Buzzfeed including the damaging allegations against the Duchess were ‘photo-shopped.’

Mr Khale said in a statement: “Samantha’s Twitter account appears to have been hacked; someone changed her password; and, some of the Twitter screenshots that have appeared in the media very recently appear to have been altered or ‘photo-shopped.

“Additionally, as you may know, certain individuals can flood an online media company, such as Twitter, with complaints about a particular account and have such account ‘suspended’.”

He added: “Among other things, that appears to be what happened here, considering certain individuals are online admitting to such behavior. However, due to the urgency of this matter, we are still investigating.”

While she has remained far from Twitter for a few months, Ms Markle has continued to criticise her half-sister in the press.

Appearing on GB News’s Dan Wootton programme after the launch of Meghan’s podcast series – titled Archetypes – in late August, Ms Markle suggested the Duke of Sussex “seems to play second fiddle” to Meghan.

Her comment referred to Archetypes’ first episode, which featured a lengthy discussion on ambition between Meghan and Serena Williams, and saw the Duke briefly pop in to say hi and briefly chat with the tennis star.

Ms Markle and Meghan share the same father, Thomas Markle Snr.

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