Meghan Markle’s half brother says his family wants the Middleton treatment
Culled from Daily Mail
Meghan Markle's brother has hit out at the royal family and its aides over the way his family has been treated - and said he hopes she can make peace with her father 'before it's too late', Daily Mail reported.
He also asked why the Markle clan can't be looked after like the Middleton family, saying that Kate Middleton's uncle Gary Goldsmith had been welcomed into the fold despite four marriages and a conviction for domestic assault.
Thomas Markle Jr. spoke to DailyMail.com amid reports that his sister is expected to arrive in California to see her mother Doria.
She is not expected to contact her father or other family members during the trip, which comes after a series of explosive comments by Thomas Markle Sr., who suggested he would be better off dead and compared the royal family to Scientologists.
His son Thomas Jr. questioned why his family has been frozen out while the Duchess of Cambridge's relations - including Goldsmith - have been brought into the royal fold.
He also revealed that he has been left heartbroken by the breakdown in his father's relationship with Meghan and says he would like the Duchess of Sussex to 'make amends' before it's too late.
Thomas Jr. told DailyMail: 'They have [brought outsiders in] before in the past like with the Middletons. I don't see why our family is any different.
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'Kensington Palace could have got involved a long time ago – as soon as they announced their engagement.
'They've dealt with this kind of stuff for a long time and why they did it this way, that's the big question? Why? They could have looked after my dad and he would have been happy.'
He highlighted Kate Middleton's uncle , whose colorful conduct before their wedding - he was caught chopping lines of cocaine in a newspaper sting at his Mediterranean home, La Maison de Bang Bang - did not stop him from being invited to Westminister Abbey.
Thomas Jr. said: 'I think Uncle Gary and I would get along just fine. It would have been nice to at least get an invite to the wedding like he was.
'I don't need to be brought into all the events or whatever but it would have been nice to be brought into that.'
Meghan, who turned 37 earlier this month, has been estranged from her half-brother and sister for several years and has not spoken to her father, Thomas Markle Sr, 74, since the day after her wedding in May.
Her mother Doria Ragland, 61, was the only family member present at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on May 19 – with even relations she is known to be close to such as niece Ashleigh Hale, 32, and half-uncle Joffrey Ragland, 34, left off the guest list.
By contrast, at Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William in April 2011, nearly all of the Middleton clan was present – including parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James.
Also invited was Kate's uncle Gary – a man whose antics have since included being convicted of drunkenly punching his wife late last year and admitting to taking cocaine at his Ibiza villa, have caused as least as much embarrassment to the royals as the Markles have.
Goldsmith , 52, was also caught taking an alcoholic tumble outside a branch of McDonalds in London earlier this year and then publicly relieving himself nearby.
Another member of the extended Middleton clan is reality TV playboy Spencer Matthews, 30, Pippa Middleton's husband James's brother.
He claimed in his autobiography to have bedded over 1,000 women but was pictured laughing with Princes William and Harry at his brother's wedding.
Meghan, Thomas Jr. told DailyMail.com, could have handled her family tribulations 'differently from the start' and avoided the rift with her father that has seen him speak out repeatedly and even tell one newspaper that 'they would be better off if I died'.
'I think Meghan should have handled this differently,' he said. 'I think Meghan should have handled this from the beginning and I think it got ignored and swept under the carpet for so long, it's a shame where it's ended up, especially between her and my father.
'She's capable of doing anything, she's just got to want to do it. If she wants to make amends, by all means, she can do that. But she's got to want to do it.'
Markle Sr and Meghan are understood to have been extremely close during her childhood when he devoted 'all of his spare time to her', according to Thomas Jr. – to the point that he eschewed nights out with friends and having girlfriends in order to spend as much time as possible with his youngest child.
But their relationship became increasingly strained after she left to go to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and grew more distant still after the 37-year-old got her dream job on Suits.
'Before she went to Suits, they were just in constant contact all the time and that's all he would ever talk about,' Thomas Jr. said. 'He dedicated all his time to her.
'But when she couldn't give him the time he needed or wanted to spend with her, he got upset about that.
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'She didn't need him like she needed him before – she was getting everything she wanted from being a star and being on that show.
'He would have to reach out to her and I think their relationship became a lot more distant then and that hurt his feelings.'
Kate Middleton's uncle Gary Goldsmith
Part of the family: The royal family have welcomed Kate Middleton's parents Carol and Michael (right), inviting them to take part in events including a church trip to St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate just after Princess Charlotte's birth
Gary Goldsmith, Kate Middleton's uncle, was seen in January stumbling in the street after a boozy 'Peeky Blinders' themed night out with friends in London's Mayfair. He was later spotted apparently emptying his bladder in public then heading to McDonald's
Gary Goldsmith gave Prince William and Kate Middleton his villa in Ibiza, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, for their first vacation as a couple. He was later caught on camera cutting lines of cocaine at the villa - La Maison de Bang Bang, a name he insisted was a reference to music
Thomas Markle Jr