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'Dad paid for her tuition!': Samantha Markle calls her sister 'delusional' and a 'liar' after Meghan described her struggles to pay for university education in Fiji speech

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/10/2018 Lara Keay

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Samantha Markle has branded her sister a 'liar' after she gave a speech about the difficulties of paying to go to university - saying their father paid for her tuition. 

a woman wearing a costume: Meghan Markle has been branded a 'liar' by her half-sister Samantha, after she gave a speech to university students (pictured in Suva, Fiji) on her and Prince Harry's tour of the South Pacific © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan Markle has been branded a 'liar' by her half-sister Samantha, after she gave a speech to university students (pictured in Suva, Fiji) on her and Prince Harry's tour of the South Pacific

Meghan, 37, gave her first speech as a member of the royal family at the University of the South Pacific's Suva campus in Fiji today.

She discussed the challenges of funding further education, saying she relied on 'scholarships and financial aid programmes' to get through her university degree.

But her half-sister, 53, quickly took to Twitter to brand her 'delusional' and a 'liar', saying she 'missed out a very important detail' in her speech.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She wrote: 'Dad paid her college tuition! She forgot the most important part of her speech and there are receipts to prove it.

'I love my sister but this is ridiculous. You can't lie like this, Meg! Delusionally absurd.'

The Duchess of Sussex said to students and staff: 'I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world – myself included.

'It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition - that I was able to attend university. And, without question, it was worth every effort.'

But Samantha is adamant their father Thomas Markle, 74, paid for Meghan to go to university. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Samantha is adamant their father Thomas Markle, 74, paid for Meghan to go to university © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Samantha is adamant their father Thomas Markle, 74, paid for Meghan to go to university Mr Markle, who has been famously 'cut out' of his daughter's new life as a royal, worked as an Emmy-award winning lighting director on hit US TV shows such as General Hospital and Married With Children before retiring to Mexico eight years ago.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he told of how Meghan was sent to exclusive private schools from kindergarten onwards and he paid for her $30,000 (£23,000)-a-year tuition at Northwestern University, Illinois, with $750,000 winnings from a lottery.

a man posing for a photo: Mr Markle, 74, (pictured with a younger Meghan) told the Mail on Sunday how Meghan was sent to exclusive private schools from kindergarten onwards and he paid for her $30,000 (£23,000)-a-year tuition at Northwestern University, Illinois, with $750,000 lottery winnings  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Markle, 74, (pictured with a younger Meghan) told the Mail on Sunday how Meghan was sent to exclusive private schools from kindergarten onwards and he paid for her $30,000 (£23,000)-a-year tuition at Northwestern University, Illinois, with $750,000 lottery winnings  He claims he funded a teenage Meghan's expensive holidays abroad, including a visit to Britain, where she was photographed outside Buckingham Palace.

Mr Markle described himself as a proud man, who has never asked his daughter for a penny, despite suffering financial setbacks over the years and losing the vast majority of his lottery winnings in a bad business deal. 

But Meghan gave a different impression in her speech: ''As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university.

'From the moment you receive your acceptance letter, to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni, and the moment you receive your diploma.

'The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one. 

a group of people standing in a field: Meghan chatted to university students after giving her speech, where she had also spoke of her own personal university experience  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan chatted to university students after giving her speech, where she had also spoke of her own personal university experience  'Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.

'Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development. 

'Because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.'

Royal fans quickly took to Twitter to question whether Meghan's remarks were a reference to her father's claims that he paid for her education.

One wrote: 'Did Meghan just clap back to her Liar sister and disgraceful father in that speech without even mention their names?'

Another added: 'She did just that. With such a talent and grace, too.' 

Samantha has repeatedly slammed her sister for cutting off contact with her and their father.

She has made numerous TV appearances, referring to Meghan as 'pushy', 'fake' and calling her the 'ducha--'. 

Meghan is currently on a tour of Australia and the South Pacific with Prince Harry, 34.  

a group of people that are standing in the grass: Prince Harry and wife Meghan arrived at the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, Fiji, on their second full day in the Pacific Island nation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Harry and wife Meghan arrived at the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, Fiji, on their second full day in the Pacific Island nation MEGHAN'S SPEECH TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Bula! It is a great privilege to be with all of you today. As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university. From the moment you receive your acceptance letter, to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni, and the moment you receive your diploma. 

The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one. I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world – myself included. It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition - that I was able to attend university. 

And, without question, it was worth every effort. Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development. Because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them. 

While progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women. The Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of, supports universities to promote equality in their own institutions. I am pleased to announce today that two new grants will be awarded to Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific, allowing each of them to run workshops which empower their female staff. 

This means that female faculty members are able to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and enter higher-education, and that more women become part of the decision-making process in academic institutions. Grants like this ensure that women are provided with the training and skills to operate effectively in their roles, and those with leadership potential are given the opportunity to be heard and recognised at the most senior level. 

It is wonderful to join you here today and we look forward to learning more about your academic endeavours, and the work you plan to do as future leaders and as change-makers! My husband Harry and I, wish you all the very best of luck as you continue your studies and work. Your efforts now will help to make a positive future for each of you and your communities at large - congratulations to you all!

Pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan's cute couple moments

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