Thomas Markle issues warning over court access to grandchildren
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Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr has been criticised by a royal expert, who has claimed the two “weren’t in communication” for several years before she joined the Royal Family. The Duchess of Sussex’s brother is due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, where he branded his famous sister “shallow” in the opening trailer.
Royal expert Mikhaila Friel told Royally Us: “I do think it is worth remembering, if I do remember correctly, I don’t think Thomas Markle or Meghan’s other sibling Samantha Markle had any relationship with her before she became a royal.
“I think they led their separate lives and they weren’t in communication so I think people should really bear in mind that whatever he says, should be taken with a pinch of salt.
“He might be recalling a Meghan that he knew many, many years ago, so that is just something to consider.”
It is believed that Meghan has not seen her half-brother for over a decade.
The Duchess of Sussex has a strained relationship with her father’s side of the family, through whom she has an older half-brother and half-sister.
Speaking in a trailer for the reality show, Thomas Markle Jr said: “I’m the biggest brother of them all.”
He goes on to say: “I told Prince Harry, ‘I think she’s going to ruin your life’. She’s very shallow.”
This is not the first time the 55-year-old window fitter has used his royal connections in public.
In 2019, he participated in a celebrity boxing match where he competed under the name ‘The Duke’ and also appeared in a beer commercial where he is shown stealing the Queen’s crown from Buckingham Palace.
In the weeks leading up to the royal wedding in 2018, Thomas Markle Jr published an open letter to Prince Harry in the magazine In Touch, calling his sister a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the Royal Family heritage.
“As more time passes to your royal wedding, it became very clear that this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history. Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you.”
Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle also published a book titled ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister’.
Both Thomas and Samantha Markle were snubbed from the couple’s royal wedding at St George’s Chapel.
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Meghan’s father Thomas Markle was originally due to attend but after several tumultuous weeks, announced that he would not be flying over for the service and was undergoing heart surgery.
It had emerged he staged photographs, including ones of him preparing for a tuxedo-fitting and researching the history of Britain.
Since then, he has conducted a number of high-profile interviews where he has accused his daughter of “cheapening” the monarchy.
In a recent interview with 60 Minutes Australia, he said he had apologised “over a hundred times” for the paparazzi images but had received “no compassion” from the couple.
He also claimed he would be taking legal action against the Sussexes, to demand visitation rights to see his grandchildren.
While her relationship with the Markle family remains tense, Meghan enjoys a close relationship with her mother, Doria Ragland.
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