Written by Zoë Holloway, November 10, 2016

When Meghan Markle’ssecret six-month relationship with Prince Harry was finally revealed, she officially became the world’s most envied woman. But as the pair step their romance up a notch, the 35-year-old US actress is suddenly facing backlash from members of her own family.

Although her nephew Tyler Dooley is pleased for his aunt – ‘She is happy,’ he spills – Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Grant has slammed the actress-cum humanitarian, whom she calls a ‘social climber [with a] soft spot for gingers’.

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Meghan’s half sister

‘I think her ambition is to become a princess,’ snipes Samantha, who says the pair fell out after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. ‘I didn’t feel a separation from her until I was in a wheelchair,’ she adds. ‘The Royal Family would be appalled by what she’s done to her own family.’

The estranged sisters are related through their father Thomas, who divorced Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland when she was six. Yoga therapist Doria filed for bankruptcy several years ago owing $69,000 in credit card debt, while Meghan’s dad has recently fallen on tough times, too. The former lighting director recently filed for bankruptcy with $39,000 in debt, and has since moved to Mexico.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14:  Actress Meghan Markle leaves the "Today Show" taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

In another twist, albeit a happier one, Meghan also has a paternal half-brother named  Thomas – and he’s in her corner. ‘Meghan didn’t turn her back on everybody,’ says her brother, who has also previously filed for bankruptcy. ‘It’s not her responsibility to take care of everyone.’

Also on Team Meghan? A slew of highprofile friends – including Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. ‘Talking politics, social issues & life,’ she captioned a recent Insty snap of the pair in Ottowa.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Prince Harry departs after the service of commemoration for the victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks In Tunisia at Westminster Abbey on April 12, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

No stranger to public scrutiny, Harry confirmed earlier this year that he would never take a relationship public unless it became serious. ‘If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost to ensure we get to the point where we are actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion into her privacy,’ he revealed.

But while Harry and Meghan have worked hard to keep their romance under wraps, several locals have confirmed the duo recently spent time together in Toronto for Halloween, where Meghan is currently based while the filming of her show Suits is ongoing.

And Tyler reveals there are a lot more dates to come! ‘I know Harry went over to Toronto where they hung out together. And of course, she plans to go to London when she wraps up filming in Canada this month.’

For more Royals goss, be sure to pick up this week’s issue of OK! 

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