Meghan Markle’s brother says he still feels betrayed about her disowning his family but says she was RIGHT to leave the royal family if it was for love
- Thomas Markle Jr said Meghan leaving the Royal Family is a sign of modern times
- The 54-year-old spoke on Australian morning show Sunrise on Monday
- He said he believes it came down to ‘two people in love wanting to live their lives’
- ‘If they are truly in love, this will be the test. We’ll see what happens next,’ he said
Meghan Markle’s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr has weighed in on her decision to leave the royal family, calling it a ‘sign of modern times’.
The 54-year-old window-fitter from Grants Pass, Oregon said he didn’t ‘necessarily support’ his sister’s move, but believes it comes down to ‘two people in love wanting to live their lives.’
‘I think that’s (royal title) probably one of the biggest achievements you can ever get in life and to be on that pedestal and that position is a major honour for anybody in the entire world.
‘It would just have to be a simple explanation that they want to live their lives the way they want to live it and I guess they wanna do it in private,’ he told Australian morning show Sunrise on Monday.
Thomas Markle Jr said Meghan and Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family was just a ‘sign of modern times’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world earlier this month when they announced they’d be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, sent shock waves around the world earlier this month after she and husband Prince Harry announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.
Markle Jr admitted he was surprised to learn Meghan was disrupting years of tradition which he called ‘a little bit insulting.’
‘It can be one thing, it could be Meghan wanting her way and not wanting to live under anybody’s control, and then it could be her and Harry wanting to go off and be private and not be bothered by any responsibilities except for their own.’
Markle Jr has been notoriously critical of his sister’s alleged efforts to distance herself from her relatives in the media after she became involved with the Royals.
But when asked about his apparently softer stance during the interview, he admitted he was still hurt by Meghan’s moves to disown her dad’s side of the family, but will always wish her the best.
During the interview, Markle Jr appeared to soften his normally-critical stance on his half-sibling, saying he had to ‘support her in one way’ and will always ‘wish her the best’
Thomas Jr addressed his decision to send a letter to Prince Harry in the lead up to the wedding in which he asked him not to go through with the marriage
‘She is my sister and I always loved her. We had a great upbringing, we had a pretty good childhood. It’s like my father said, “I don’t recognise this person in my daughter anymore”, and neither do I and the rest of the family.
‘I have to support her in one way, and I have to be on the fence about a lot of different subjects.
‘Obviously, I wish her well and the best in life, but on the other hand I don’t believe in some of her actions as far as disowning her family and saying we don’t exist when we’ve given her a great childhood and upbringing. But like I said, I do love her, she is my sister.’
‘I feel a bit betrayed being shoved off to the side like I don’t exist like the rest of the family.
‘There’s one thing that really did bother me, right at the wedding when my father became ill and he actually had a heart attack.
‘I was very surprised and very hurt that she didn’t reach out to him and make sure he was okay and actually go visit him – so that gave me a little bad taste in my mouth about the subject, I didn’t recognise that person. ‘
Thomas Jr said he felt ‘betrayed’ over Meghan’s efforts to distance herself from her dad’s side of the family
Markle Jr also admitted to being ‘frustrated’ and hurt when sent a letter to Prince Harry in the lead up to the wedding in which he asked him not to go through with marriage, calling his sister ‘shallow and conceited.’
‘I was being chased by the media and I reached out and asked for help and got a disturbing answer…so I wrote that out of haste.
‘I certainly hope that it’s not a sign of what it appears to be to the entire world, you know of stepping stones and breaking up families.
‘I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody but if they are truly in love, this will be the test. We’ll see what happens next.’