Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle hits out at 'gross breach of duty' to Queen

The Duchess of Sussex's half-sister has accused Meghan and Harry of a "gross breach of duty" to the Queen.

Samantha Markle has been a regular critic of the couple since they started dating in 2017, and used her latest media interview to hit out at their dramatic decision to step back as senior royals.

Speaking to ITV's This Morning on Friday, the 55-year-old accused Meghan of being the main driver behind the bombshell announcement and said she was "avoiding accountability".

"From my perception, I feel she did enjoy it when there was the fab four and the photographs of her hair blowing in the wind and the smiling and the contrived British accent," she said.

"But when the public start to criticise the behaviour and expenditure, the tune changed and it became a bit more attribution error, avoiding accountability, flipping the script."

Ms Markle said the couple's criticism of their press coverage, which has led to a legal battle with The Mail On Sunday, was nothing more than "a misplacement of blame to avoid accountability".

And in another salvo, she said Harry and Meghan's treatment of her father was "incredibly wrong and shocking".

Thomas Markle is at the centre of Meghan's legal battle with The Mail On Sunday, which published a handwritten note written by the duchess to her father in August 2018.

High Court documents revealed this week that Mr Markle could even testify against his daughter in a future trial.

Meghan's relationship with her father has been the subject of intense media speculation since Mr Markle missed her wedding as he recovered from a heart attack.

In the weeks leading up to the Windsor ceremony in May 2018, he had also been found to have staged paparazzi pictures around his hometown.

Since then, he and Ms Markle - his daughter from his first marriage - have made several public appearances and appeals for Meghan to speak to him and "end the rift".

The duchess has not responded publicly to their various interviews over the last two years.

She is currently in Canada with son Archie, and has been warmly greeted during a few charity visits this week.

Harry and Meghan spent six weeks over Christmas in Canada and reportedly want to make the country their home as they step back from royal duty and seek to become financially independent.

Staff who help run their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor will be redeployed elsewhere when the couple are away, despite millions of pounds of taxpayers' money having been sent on the home since they were married.

Harry is expected to jet back to Canada to be with his wife and son, having carried out what many are speculating could have been his final engagement as a senior royal on Thursday.

He was at Buckingham Palace for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw.