Did Meghan Markle Just Throw Shade at her Estranged Father?

Meghan Markle has stayed mum when it comes to her crazy family members. She ignored their threats to crash her wedding and has maintained distance when her senile step-sister has attacked her in the tabloids. Heck, Meghan has even kept quiet when her father, Thomas Markle Sr., has made outrageous claims about her on TV.

But while on her first tour as a royal, the Duchess of Sussex appeared to subtly clap back at her estranged father. Here’s what happened, and what we think it may mean.

Let’s get the basics down: Where did this happen?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson/ Getty Images

Remember, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a royal tour of the South Pacific right now and have recently been in Fiji. Meghan was recently at the University of the South Pacific in Suva to talk to students about the importance of education in developing countries.

“As a university graduate,” she said, “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.”

But what did Meghan say about her dad?

Both Meghan’s father and half-sister, Samantha Grant, have made multiple claims in the past that Meghan’s schooling was paid for by her family. Markle has claimed he paid Meghan’s school tuition with lottery money, while her sister maintains that Meghan is ungrateful for the financial help their father gave her.

Meghan’s been silent about the subject. Until she added this to her speech in Fiji: “It was through scholarships, financial aid programs, and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition, that I was able to attend university.”

Wait — has Thomas Markle Sr. been lying the whole time?

It’s entirely possible Markle made up the whole story about paying his daughter’s tuition. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s lied regarding Meghan. This is the same guy who staged photos of himself getting measured for a suit for the royal wedding. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if his claims about putting Meghan through private school and flipping the bill for her to go to college are complete hogwash.

Has there been any backlash from the speech?

Come on. We knew spotlight junkie Samantha Grant wasn’t going to be able to stay out of this one. Sure enough, the 53-year-old called the duchess a liar after hearing about the speech in Fiji.

“Dad paid her college tuition!” Grant¬†went off in her most recent Twitter rant. “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.”

This comes just a week after Grant bashed the duchess’s pregnancy announcement because their father was omitted from it — and then apologized 24 hours later. It’s anyone’s guess now if she’ll apologize for calling Meghan a liar.

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