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Duchess Meghan’s Estranged Half-Brother Thomas Markle Jr. Hopes Royal Baby Brings Their ‘Family Back Together’

High hopes! Duchess Meghan’s estranged half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., believes that her newborn’s arrival can heal their family’s rift.

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Thomas Markle Jr. and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. MEGA; Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

“Anytime there’s an addition to the family, it’s a big thing,” Thomas, 52, told Access on Friday, May 17. “Hopefully in this case it will actually bring our family back together a little bit and tighten our little ongoing rift. … Meghan only has one family where she came from. She’s got two now, but we are her family and I’d like to bring a little awareness to that.”

He went on to say that although he hasn’t met the royal baby, he hopes to. “I would just hate to go through life and know that I had a hole in their family somewhere that I never met,” Thomas said. “So whatever we can do to avoid that situation would be good.”

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He added of his father, Thomas Markle: “My dad’s been waiting for this for a long time. He’s very happy and he’s so looking forward to Meghan reaching out to him and bringing them together. My father wants to see his grandson more than anything.”

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, 37, welcomed their son, Archie, on May 6. Meghan’s father, 74, responded to the news that same day.

“I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well,” he said in a statement at the time. “I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor. God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”

Related: Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry Step Out With the Royal Baby

Meghan’s estranged father staged paparazzi photos before her wedding and has compared the British royal family to “Scientologists.”

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