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Date TimeAugust 18, 2018
VoiceThomas Markle, father of the Duchess of Sussex, has claimed that the Royal Family are like Scientologists because of their secrecy.
The 74-year-old, who has never met Prince Harry, also said the Royals are "cult-like" and may have secret handshakes.
The Royal Family are like Scientologists because of their cult-like secrecy says Thomas Markle
Mr Markle, who did not attend the wedding of his daughter after the furore caused by staging paparazzi photos, has previously said that during a phone call with Prince Harry, he hung up the phone and told the Duke of Sussex: "Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead... then you could pretend to be sad."
Speaking to the Sun, from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, Mr Markle said: “They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family.
"If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!
“They are cult-like — like Scientology — because they are secretive.
"They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.
“Maybe they have a secret handshake too! You cannot ask a question of them — as they won’t answer.”
The former award-winning lighting director has previously said that he has been met with a wall of silence by Buckingham Palace, and reportedly last spoke with his daughter the day after her wedding.
The Church of Scientology is controversial for its secretive practices and claims of brainwashing its members, which the church denies.
Celebrity followers include Tom Cruise, who has donated heavily to the Church set up by American author Ron Hubbard in 1952.
On May 19 this year, at St George's chapel, Windsor Castle, Meghan Markle arrived for her wedding with her mother Doria Ragland, who divorced Thomas Markle in 1988.
Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on Mr Markle's claims.

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