Many royal experts have weighed in on Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave the royal family. Meghan’s family, including her estranged half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., have been outspoken as well. Markle Jr. has some theories about Meghan’s move away from her royal duties and shares how he still feels betrayed by the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s plan got Queen Elizabeth’s approval
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their surprising announcement after enjoying an extended break from their royal duties and Queen Elizabeth worked swiftly to iron out the details of their exit from the family.
Once everything was agreed upon, Buckingham Palace released a statement that shared the Sussexes would give up their royal titles and no longer rely on public funding. The queen offered her support of their decision, noting at the time: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
Meghan Markle’s half-brother shares his perspective on Megxit
Markle Jr. weighed in on Megxit during the Jan. 20 episode of the Australian morning show Sunrise, sharing that he may not “necessarily support” Meghan’s move, but believes their decision was about “two people in love wanting to live their life the way they want to live it.”
He explained during the interview: “I think that’s [royal title] probably one of the biggest achievements you can ever get in life and to be on that pedestal and that position is a major honor for anybody in the entire world.”
He continued, telling the interviewers: “It would just have to be a simple explanation is they want to go live their lives the way they want to live them and I guess they want to do it in private.”
Markle Jr. did admit that he was surprised by the Sussexes’ decision, calling it “a little bit insulting,” and noting: “It can be one thing, it could be Meghan wanting her way and not wanting to live under anybody’s control, and then it could be her and Harry want to go off and be private and not be bothered by any responsibilities except for their own.’”
Why he feels “a bit betrayed”
While Markle Jr. surprisingly offered words of support, he did point out that he still feels “a bit betrayed” by Meghan, explaining: “She is my sister and I’ve always loved her. We had a great upbringing, we had a really good childhood. It’s like my father said, ‘I don’t recognize this person in my daughter anymore’ and neither do I and the rest of the family.”
He continued, sharing: “I have to support her one way and I have to be on the fence about a lot of different subjects. Obviously, I wish her well and the best in life, but on the other hand, I don’t believe in some of her actions as far as disowning her family and saying that we don’t exist when we’ve given her a great childhood and upbringing. But like I said, I do love her, she is my sister.”
“I feel a bit betrayed being shoved off to the side like I don’t exist… like the rest of the family,” he added.
Markle Jr. was “hurt” by the way Meghan treated their father
Markle Jr. particularly felt that Meghan’s dismissal of her father when she married Prince Harry was upsetting. Her half-brother shared: “There’s one thing that really did bother me, right at the wedding when my father became ill and he actually had a heart attack. I was very surprised and very hurt that she didn’t reach out to him and make sure he was okay and actually go visit him — so that gave me a little bad taste in my mouth about the subject, I didn’t recognize that person.”
He noted that he does have concerns about “breaking up families,” but wished the couple well, noting: “I certainly hope that it’s not a sign of what it appears to be to the entire world, you know of stepping stones and breaking up families… I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody, but if they are truly in love, this will be the true test. We’ll see what happens next.”