Inside Meghan Markle’s long feud with brother Thomas as he joins Big Brother

Meghan Markle's half-brother Thomas Markle Jr claims their family rift started well before she married Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex's 55-year-old sibling recently branded her "shallow" in the first trailer for Australia’s "Big Brother VIP" on which he's set to appear.

He said: "I told Prince Harry, ‘I think she’s going to ruin your life'. She’s very shallow."

But it wasn't the first time he has criticised his younger sister for not speaking to her family.

In March last year, he urged her to make amends with their father, Thomas Markle Sr.

Meghan and her father fell out shortly before her wedding to Harry in 2018, reportedly over claims he staged paparazzi photos of himself preparing for the ceremony.

Thomas Markle Jr told the Express last March: "I think seriously what should happen is that Meghan should actually just seriously get off her high horse, call her father, make amends.

"The guy dedicated his whole entire life to her – where she is at today is because of him.

"That is the only reason and I mean enough is enough. My dad’s dying wish, he tells me on the phone, is just so he can just make amends and see [his grandson] Archie.

"And have his daughter back in his life – I mean, we owe him that.

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"I’m sorry for that last three years of bad press. It should have been done differently a long time ago and she could have had a big decision in that. Reached out a little bit more and we would probably have a better time right now.

"It’s in the past and there is no instruction booklet for all this and how everything went down. I would say it is the last thing that she does, she needs to call her father."

Thomas also stressed he hopes to see his nephew Archie who he has only seen in newspapers and magazines.

"Here’s a family member that I have never met, a family member who I will probably never meet unless the queen steps in and says, ‘You know, let’s give these Markles a break, let’s give them some recognition because they do exist and they are nice people.'"

In 2019, Thomas Jr also revealed that the rift between the family members started back when Meghan landed the role as Rachel Zane on the TV series Suits.

"A lot of the distance happened between Meghan when she went to Toronto and her first big break in TV which was 'Suits' and it turned out to be a big hit in the USA," he said at the time, adding that his sister "turned into a little Hollywood starlet" who was "focused on her career so much."

"I get it," Thomas Jr noted.

"I get being in that world because once you’re down that path you’ll do anything it takes to be successful so that had a lot to do with being distant from her whole family."

Representatives for Meghan have been approached for comment.

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