Thomas Markle Jr.
Meghan also has a half-brother. Thomas Jr. spoke out about Meghan and Harry’s relationship in January 2018, blaming his drunken New Year’s brawl with his fiancée, Darlene Blount, on media attention that he and his family had to face following their engagement. (Blount was charged with fourth-degree assault on New Year’s Day after their altercation in Oregon, though the charges were dropped.)
“Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry has shone a spotlight on our family. It doesn’t help when you have issues and your sister is engaged to royalty,” Thomas Jr. told the Daily Mail at the time. “We’ve been under a lot of stress because of all the attention. At some point you find yourself drinking too much to escape the pressure.”
According to The Sun, Thomas Jr., who has the same father as Meghan, currently works as a window fitter in Oregon and has two sons with his ex-wife, Tracy Dooley. Thomas Jr. was not invited to Meghan and Harry’s nuptials, but his two children and ex-wife were spotted arriving in London on May 14. They also did not score invites but were set to appear on multiple British outlets to discuss the nuptials.
Blount was arrested for assault for the second time in six months after police were called to the couple’s home in July 2018. She was charged with fourth-degree assault and released after spending a night in jail. Blount was later found not guilty.
Thomas Jr., for his part, was arrested for DUI in January 2019 and eventually entered a DUI diversion program. Days earlier, he confirmed his engagement and asked Harry and Meghan to attend his wedding. Meghan’s half-brother, Samantha and Thomas Sr. all noted that they hoped baby Sussex’s arrival would bring the Markle family together again.
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