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Meghan Markle's Sister Defends Tommy Robinson, Sparking Twitter Backlash

© AP Photo / Jordan StraussMeghan Markle arrives at ELLE's 6th annual Women in Television celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Meghan Markle arrives at ELLE's 6th annual Women in Television celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. - Sputnik International
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Observers on social media have opined that the Duchess of Sussex's half-sibling may be attempting to steal the media limelight with her controversial statements.

Samantha Markle, the half-sister of Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex has called for the release of the jailed head of the English Defense League, Tommy Robinson, causing a backlash online.

Ms. Markle reportedly shared a petition calling for Mr. Robinson's release as well as a video featuring the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders engaging in a protest outside Britain's embassy in the Netherlands.

READ MORE: #FreeTommy: Jailing of EDL Founder Robinson Sparks Outrage Among Supporters

While some online supported and praised Ms Markle's outspoken stance, most have been highly critical, with some speculating that she may be trying to capitalise on her relation to the Duchess of Sussex in order to attract the media spotlight.

On May 25, Tommy Robinson was jailed for over a year by an English judge for conducting a livestream broadcast on Facebook outside a Leeds court building. In sentencing the EDL founder, the judge called his actions "highly prejudicial" and caused the trial itself to collapse.

(File) Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson, former leader of the right-wing EDL (English Defence League) is escorted away by police from a Britain First march and an English Defence League march in central London on April 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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So far the petition for Robinson's release has garnered over 500,000 signatures in its online version, with right-wing political figures around the world saying that his rights to free speech have been violated.

Mr. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon has achieved media prominence in the United Kingdom as a vocal right-wing activist against what he and his supporters describe as "illegal immigration" and the "Islamisation" of Britain and was previously handed a suspended sentence for similar activities outside a court-house in Kent.

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