Thursday 17 October 2019

'She's probably embarrassed... but we’re never gonna go away' - Meghan Markle's half brother Thomas

Thomas Markle Jr on Channel 7's Sunday Night, inset left is Meghan Markle, inset right is Thomas Markle Jr's 2017 mugshot
Thomas Markle Jr on Channel 7's Sunday Night, inset left is Meghan Markle, inset right is Thomas Markle Jr's 2017 mugshot
Thomas Markle Jr's mugshot
Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle attends the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch to commemorate Anzac Day on April 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle departs after attending the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
The US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, leaves after attending a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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Meghan Markle's half-brother Thomas Markle Jr said he wasn't aware they had a "falling out" until the moment he realised he wasn't invited to her upcoming wedding to Britain's Prince Harry.

Mr Markle gave an interview with Australia's Sunday Night on Channel Seven and spoke of his pride at being her big brother.

He and sister Samantha Grant have the same father Thomas Markle Sr as Meghan. Meghan's mother is Doria Ragland, a social worker and yoga teacher she is close with. Her father is a retired lighting director who lives in Mexico.

Mr Markle Jr, who was last year arrested for allegedly holding a gun to a woman's head during a drunken argument, said the bride-to-be is "probably embarrassed" by the attention on her extended family has brought with them since announcing her engagement.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

"She’s probably embarrassed at some of the stories and accusations and, you know...," he told presenter Melissa Doyle.

"I think my family’s always been fractured. I think now, more than ever, it should be the time for everybody to put their differences aside and just, you know, be a family. We have a small family. It may be broken up, but it’s still a family."

"She can’t forget about her family, because...we’re never gonna go away. We’re always gonna be her family."

He said he "didn't even know" they weren't on speaking terms, saying he would welcome an invitation to the royal wedding on May 19, and the opportunity to be in her life again.

Thomas Markle Jr's mugshot
Thomas Markle Jr's mugshot

 "I didn’t even know that we had a falling-out, so I would like to see her again, yeah. I want to give her a hug and tell her how proud I am of her, but, you know, I really have to travel a really long way to do that," he explained.

Earlier this year, Prince Harry said his fiancée would be marrying into "the family she never had" which was met by criticism from her half siblings.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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