Thomas Markle admits ‘I’m an ass’ as he reveals true feelings towards Meghan
Thomas Markle said he feels "like an ass" for attacking Meghan when in truth he "couldn’t be more proud of her".
The 51-year-old said he does not blame his half-sister for "getting caught up" in the Hollywood lifestyle and falling out of touch.
In an exclusive interview, Thomas Jnr claims the pair will always be "close at heart" in a normal extended family that has been "pulled in different directions".
And he says his father, unable to attend the wedding due to ill health, would be "overjoyed" Prince Charles is walking Meghan down the aisle.
"Ever since it started with Meg dating Prince Harry it has been a media storm nightmare for me and my entire family," Thomas Jnr told Mirror Online.
"It puts you in a different mind frame and puts a lot of stress, that you don’t even realise, on you.
"Being photographed and followed, with your private life turned upside down, it’s hard on everybody. So things get done out of frustration and you look back and you know you made a mistake."
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The "mistake" Thomas Jnr refers to is an open letter he wrote to Prince Harry two weeks ago in which he advised the royal to call off his wedding.
"You feel like an ass about it," the dad-of-two confessed. "But my true feelings are that I couldn’t be happier for her.
"What are the odds. This is every woman’s dream come true – to marry a prince. I couldn’t be more happy for or proud of my sister. She’s incredible."
Thomas Jnr, who is in London ahead of the wedding to offer support for his sister, said his fondest memories of Meghan were actually formed during a difficult time for the Markle family.
He told how caring and kind she was in the two years that followed their gran Doris’ dementia diagnosis in 2009.
"My favourite and fondest memory of Meghan is – well, it was an unfortunate time with my grandmother passing – but in the two year’s prior to that we would spend every other weekend together, with my grandmother, and it was a very personal time," he said.
"She gave selfless attention and cared for my grandmother. It was incredible. Meghan would come into the room and she would light up like a Christmas tree.
"It was a great time because that was the real Meghan. It is the real Meghan. I will never forget it and my father will never forget it. It’s very special."
Thomas Jnr also addressed former claims Meghan abandoned her father and forgot about the family when she moved to Canada to play Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits.
"When she went to Toronto, and jumped right into that, it was her biggest role," Thomas Jnr said.
"When you jump into Hollywood like that it demands so much of you; it pulls you in every different direction, alway from your family and away from contact.
"And that’s completely understandable – that’s Hollywood. If you ask any actress or actor they’ll do that first before anything. We still remain close at heart.
"If I was in Meghan’s shoes I would get caught up and forget to make that phonecall.
"We didn’t have a falling out, we always had a great relationship and I’m very proud of her. I was busy in my life too and I’d relocated from LA.
"Everyone gets busy. It’s normal in our family."
Thomas Jnr and Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Snr, had surgery on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.
The retired lighting engineer is reported to be "awake and alert" but will remain in hospital while he recovers.
This afternoon, Kensington Palace confirmed Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will walk Meghan to the altar in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
"I think my dad would be sad that he can’t be here but if there was a choice he would be overjoyed Prince Charles is there," Thomas Jnr said.
"As far as tradition goes, he is he obvious choice."
And referring to Meghan’s pre-wedding jitters, Thomas Jnr said "she’ll be brave no matter what".
"The dress is probably going to be the most stand out, one of a kind wedding dress ever made and she wouldn’t have it any other way," he said.
"It’s going to be the nicest dress anyone has ever seen – a proper princess.
"I don’t think being that it’s her second wedding dress has anything to do with it.
"I think this is the one that counts. This is the one that matters.
"Being divorced means nothing, I mean, this is the relationship in her life that counts and matters the most. So, this dress will be outstanding.
"She’s very confident in everything she does. I think she’s going to be nervous, it’s the biggest day of her life. This is the one that she’ll never forget.
"She’ll be brave no matter what – she’s got that down."
Thomas Jnr, who this week visited St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, is remaining tight-lipped about his plans for the big day.
But wherever he ends up, he says he will be celebrating.
"I wish them all the happiness in the world," he said.
"When she was young, dealing with my kids and the way she interacted with them and loved them unconditionally and played with them, it was very obvious she loves children.
"She’ll be looking forward to starting her family and that’s a good thing. She’s going to have a great time."
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