Meghan Markle’s brother Thomas Markle Jr. has lashed out at his sister after revealing he’s homeless and has split up with his fiancé.
Watch: Meghan Markle's brother Thomas Markle Jr speaks out
“Being associated with Meghan has nearly destroyed me,” the 53-year-old tells New Idea.
He claims he has lost jobs and can’t get a new one because of the notoriety of being related to the duchess, and says he is considering changing his surname to escape its ‘curse’.
Glazier Tom reveals that over the past year he’s been suffering from depression. In the past he has also admitted to having an alcohol problem and has been arrested on domestic violence charges after threatening partner Darlene Blount, 39, with a gun.
Tom is now living with his mum Roslyn at her small apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas has hit out at Meghan.
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“I am homeless and could have been under a bridge with a cardboard sign begging for money but thankfully my mum has taken me in.”
He believes his royal relative should step in. “Meghan could have helped me or got someone else at the palace to do so.”
He says it’s unfair that he and other family members have been accused of cashing in on their royal connection.
“With everything going on currently, with them leaving the palace and doing things for money, it makes them hypocrites because we, the family, have all been blamed for making money and now they’re doing the same thing. The only difference is, we’re all broke.”
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