Thomas Markle Jr: Christine Lampard on Big Brother appearance
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Meghan Markle’s strained relationship with her half-siblings might bring in “some sympathy” for the Duchess, as her older half-brother has confirmed his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in Australia. Thomas Markle Jr called his famous sister “shallow” in the promotional trailer for the series, despite never meeting Prince Harry and having no contact with Meghan for over a decade.
Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine said: “Just ignore it and also, brothers and sisters don’t always get along do they and especially not when they’re half-brothers and sisters.
“I don’t think she has much relations with that side of the family and they have been consistently anti-her.
“I don’t think it will do her any damage at all, I think it’s baked in that all of her half-siblings are horrible about her and don’t like her.”
Charlotte Griffiths, a royal commentator for the Daily Mail interjected: “She might even get some sympathy.”
To which Sarah Vine agreed: “Yes, people might feel sorry for her.”
In a sneak peek for the upcoming series, Thomas Markle Jr introduces himself as “the biggest brother of them all”.
He also claimed: “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 publicly attacked his royal sister.
In the weeks leading up to the royal wedding in May 2018, he published an open letter in In Touch, branding 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.”
Both he and his sister, Samantha Markle, were snubbed from the royal wedding guest list.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that she had no relationship with her half-siblings, and had not seen them for over a decade before her marriage to Prince Harry.
Thomas Markle Jr has made use of his royal connections before, where he appeared in a celebrity boxing match under the name ‘The Duke’ and appeared in a beer commercial where he pretended to steal the Queen’s crown.
Meghan’s half-sister Samantha has also published a book ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister’ and has frequently criticised the Duchess.
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The three half-siblings share the same father, Thomas Markle, who is also estranged from the former actress.
Originally due to walk Meghan down the aisle, it later emerged that the former lighting director had collaborated with the paparazzi on a number of staged photographs.
These included him preparing for a tuxedo-fitting and researching the history of Britain. He later withdrew from attending the wedding at Windsor Castle and said he would be undergoing heart surgery.
He has since conducted a number of high-profile interviews where he has attacked the couple, claiming that they are “cheapening the monarchy”.
Thomas Markle told 60 Minutes Australia that he had received “no compassion” from the couple, despite apologising “over a hundred times”.
He recently told Fox News that he would be taking legal action in order to demand access to his two grandchildren, Archie Harrison, and Lilibet Diana.
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