Why Are Meghan Markle and Her Half-Brother Thomas Estranged?

Unless you’ve been completely in the dark for the past year, you are well aware of the Markle family drama that has been going on. The unfortunate fact is that the Duchess of Sussex has not been on speaking terms with her father, Thomas Markle Sr., for the past year, and with her half-brother and sister for several years.

The only member of her family that she is close to is her mother, Doria Ragland, who has spent time with her daughter and Prince Harry several times since they announced their engagement.

Although it is well-known what is causing the tension between Meghan Markle and her father, and especially between Meghan and her half-sister, Samantha Grant, many people don’t know exactly why she does not speak to her brother. What caused the duchess and her brother, Thomas Jr., to be estranged from each other? Let’s break down the family drama.

Meghan Markle’s relationship with her father

Meghan Markle
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Meghan and her father were always close while she was growing up in California. He worked as a crew member for the television sitcom Married With Children, and Meghan spent a lot of time with him on the set of the show, where she developed a passion for acting.

Fans have seen photographs of the happy father-daughter duo and, in the early stages of their relationship, Harry spoke to Thomas by telephone. Meghan was even planning on having her father walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, however, after some staged paparazzi photos and health issues, he had to cancel his trip. He and Meghan have been estranged ever since.

Meghan Markle’s relationship with her half-sister

Ever since Meghan and Harry got engaged, Samantha Grant, who currently lives in Ocala, Florida, has not kept quiet. She has taken to social media to post insults about her sister, going so far as to insult Harry as well. Samantha even blamed Meghan for their father’s health issues, saying that if he didn’t survive, it would be Meghan’s fault. Since Meghan and Harry have been married, her sister has done countless interviews and even traveled to Kensington Palace, where she was denied access by security. 

Meghan Markle’s relationship with her half-brother

Surely, royal fans can remember how disappointed Thomas Jr. and Samantha were when they didn’t receive invitations to the royal wedding. Thomas actually wrote several letters to Harry, telling him that he felt it was a bad idea to marry Meghan, and that no good could come from the marriage.

Luckily, Harry did not take his advice, and Meghan’s brother was not added to the guest list. Naturally, that wasn’t the last that we heard from Meghan’s brother. He has expressed his desire for the family to repair their relationships and put the past behind them.

Does Meghan Markle’s family want to meet Baby Archie?

Fans around the world were delighted to see Meghan and Harry welcome a newborn son earlier this month. The new parents were simply glowing as they introduced Archie to the world, and we have to say that he couldn’t be more perfect. Thomas Jr. and Samantha have both voiced their desire to meet the baby and be a part of his life.

Why are Meghan Markle and her brother estranged?

Although Thomas is not nearly as outspoken as Samantha, his actions have still hurt Meghan deeply. After the letter to Harry, no one is actually surprised that she chose not to invite her brother to the wedding.

Thomas told Harry that marrying Meghan would be a mistake, so it is likely that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are finding it hard to forgive him. For now, they are focusing on baby Archie. Everyone knows that they will do what they feel is right regarding Meghan’s family relationships.