Meghan Markle's brother blames this unsuspecting royal for her 'cold' behaviour


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Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with one side of her family, the Markles, causing her more drama in the past few months than most royals will endure in a lifetime.

From her father Thomas Markle’s repeated involvement with the press to multiple estranged relatives from Tyler Dooley to Samantha Grant cashing in on her title, and using it to pursue careers in reality TV, Meghan has had a rough time of it.

One family member who has remained relatively silent in the Thomas-Meghan fallout is the Duchess of Sussex’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr. That is until this month.

Last week, the 52-year-old officially took sides, and unfortunately for Meghan, he’s team Thomas.

‘Throughout our lives, dad always put Meg first, above me and my sister, but if what he is saying is true it appears she is abusing his love for her’, Markle Jr. reportedly explained in an interview with The Mirror. ’It’s selfish, cruel even. He gave her everything and now she is giving him nothing but hurt back.’

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This week however, Thomas Markle Jr. took it one step further, blaming one unsuspecting royal for his sister's 'cold' behaviour.

Yes, really. According to the Duchess' half brother, it's all Harry's fault.

‘I think Meghan should have handled this differently,’ he explained to the Daily Mail. ‘I think Meghan should have handled this from the beginning and I think it got ignored and swept under the carpet for so long, it's a shame where it's ended up, especially between her and my father. She's capable of doing anything, she's just got to want to do it. If she wants to make amends, by all means, she can do that, but she's got to want to do it.'

He continued: 'To see all this go on in the media, from their relationship being so close and so tight knit all her life to come to this, like she doesn't want to deal with him for what reasons I don't know. No father-daughter relationship should be like this - I feel for him because of how strong their relationship was and what it's become now. That's got to hurt anybody. It's not the Meghan that I knew, but if she wasn't with Prince Harry right now – even if she was still on Suits right now - she would have stopped what she was doing to go and visit him and make sure he's ok.'

We're not sure how we feel about this.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.