LONDON: Meghan Markle’s half-brother has accused the royal bride-to-be of forgetting “her roots and her family” and in a stinging interview with a British newspaper.
Thomas Markle Jr, who lives in the US state Oregon, hit out at Prince Harry’s 36-year-old American fiancee for losing touch with relatives in recent years after finding fame acting.
“She is giving the greatest performance of her life,” he told the Daily Mirror in an interview. “Once she got into Hollywood she turned into a different person. She’s clearly forgotten her roots and her family.”
He further accused Meghan of portraying a humanitarian image and a charitable people but is none of that to her family.
Meghan will marry Prince Harry on May 19, in a chapel inside Windsor Castle in front of 600 invited guests. A further 2,640 people will be welcomed into the castle grounds.
Thomas revealed he had not received an invite, despite claiming to have spent many weekends together caring for their dementia-stricken grandmother from 2009 to 2011. He is the latest relative on her father’s side to go public on the apparent family rift.
Half-sister Samantha Grant has given interviews and posted messages on social media concerning the fractured relations. The half-brother said he hoped senior royals might step in to ensure he and other relatives get invited to the wedding. The siblings share the same father, who reportedly lives in Mexico.
There has been no confirmation on whether he will attend the nuptials next month.
Thomas added their father was present for Meghan’s first wedding, to film producer ex-husband Trevor Engelson, in Jamaica in 2011.