MEGHAN Markle's father has compared the royal family to Scientologists because of their "cult-like" secrecy.
Thomas Markle, 74, said that the royals should become more modern and open to research.
Speaking to The Sun at his home in Rosarito, Mexico, he said: "They are like Scientologists or the Stepford family."
"When they hear someone say something, they just close the doors They have to speak!
" They are cultlike – like Scientology – because they are mysterious.
"They close the door, pull the shadows down and put their fingers in their ears, so they do not have to hear.
" Maybe they also have a secret handshake! You can not ask questions about it – they will not answer. "
American Thomas met a wall of silence from Kensington Palace, including Meghan, 37, because she publicly spoke about her.
The Church of Scientology, founded by L Ron Hubbard, has caused controversy for his practices and secret methods.
It has always claimed that it is a sect and that it manipulates members.
The religion has attracted a huge celebrity after – including film mega-bars Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
The Stepford Wives is a thriller novel from 1970 by Ira Levin, in which men in American suburbs change their husbands into brainwashed submissive robots.
Thomas, a Emmy-winning light director, has tried to get Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, 33, to encourage him to contact him – after three months of silence
They have not spoken since the day after the wedding of the couple at Windsor Castle
Omas, di e also children Samantha, 53, and Tom Jnr, 51, has dismissed messages that he hoped for money from his children.
He said, "I have worked hard to take care of my children, I am their father, I do not expect them to pay me back."
Thomas laughed at a claim that he should launch a men's clothing line – which Samantha had made in a tweet.
He insisted: "It's just a joke."
"The only clothing line that I have is the one I put on my shirts."
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is being republished here with permission.