Meghan Markle’s half-brother reveals he’s homeless because of her fame
Many might agree that being related to a royal has its perks, but Thomas Markle Jr. begs to differ.
Meghan Markle’s half-brother has been living in a hotel room with his fiancé, her son and their two dogs in Oregon. Thomas claims that he has lost his home and his job and is struggling to secure employment due to his famous last name.
"He believes his name has become so notorious in his home town of Grant’s Pass no one is willing to hire him or lease a house – and he blames his run of bad luck on being forced to live 'under a microscope' with no help or support from his royal sibling," The Sun reported.
In his exclusive interview with the British tabloid, the Duchess of Sussex's half-sibling revealed he was at the "lowest point" in his life.
"This is the lowest point of my life. Living in a small hotel room is really taking its toll on Darlene and her son – on all of us. And it’s all because my life suddenly got catapulted into the spotlight – through no fault of my own. My every move has been put under the microscope – not just for me but all my family. Now there’s been so much said about me – both true and untrue – no one wants to lease me a house or give me a job."
“It’s tough to accept – especially when I never asked for any this," he added.
Earlier this year, Thomas Jr. faced health issues and had to leave his job as a glazier. He detailed an unfortunate incident with his landlord after being evicted, saying that the landlord "took advantage" of who he was and did false interviews painting Thomas as a "low life" and now the public views him as a "scumbag."
“I had a really nice place lined up where I was going to live out in the woods and I was going to do work on the property but I lost that because of all this,” he said. "I’ve been trying for other places but just can’t find anything. I’m still out of work – I’ve been applying to places but they hear my name and I don’t get it. I’ve even been applying to things I’m over qualified for. This has never happened to me before in my life."
“The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now. I’ve gone from being a private person to having everything I’ve ever done in my life out there for everybody.”
Back in January, Thomas Jr. revealed he was planning on inviting Meghan and Prince Harry to his wedding in the hopes it would bring the family together.
"Absolutely I think our wedding will bring the family closer together. It's hopeful that if Meghan and Harry came and my father... Meghan and Harry could spend some time together with him and that would be good, " he told the Daily Mail.