‘ Meghan’s SHE Big Brother: TURNED HER BACK ON HER FAM­ILY’

Meghan Markle ig­nores her loved one’s pleas for help

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Tom Markle Jr. wanted his lit­tle sis­ter to know how happy he was for her. “Con­grat­u­la­tions on your wed­ding en­gage­ment. I’m so proud of you, you’re awe­some,” he wrote to Meghan Markle, with whom he shares a fa­ther, in a let­ter emailed to a palace staffer in Jan­uary. Tom went on to apol­o­gize for any em­bar­rass­ment she might have felt af­ter “un­true” sto­ries about him hit the press and ex­plained that he’s had “dif­fi­culty start­ing life over” in Ore­gon since their fam­ily was thrust into the spot­light be­cause of her ro­mance with Prince Harry, 33. He ended the note wish­ing his sis­ter and her fi­ancé “all the best,” adding, “love you Meg.”

But Meghan never re­sponded. Since Oc­to­ber 2017, Tom, 51, and his lawyer have been go­ing back and forth with the palace, emails (right) re­veal, try­ing in vain to con­nect with the fu­ture royal and ask for her help deal­ing with the in­ter­na­tional scru­tiny he’s been un­der since Harry and Meghan an­nounced their en­gage­ment in late Novem­ber. In­stead, he learned that his half-sib­ling, 36, wants noth­ing to do with him or his side of the fam­ily. “My lawyer had a phone meet­ing with her lawyer, and he emailed me some of [Meghan’s] di­rect words. She said, ‘That’s dis­tant fam­ily and I don’t know those peo­ple.’ That’s pretty harsh,” Tom tells In Touch, call­ing it “a slap in the face” and “be­low the belt.”

Tom finds it “ridicu­lous” that Meghan thinks of him as a stranger. “I spent a lot of time with her grow­ing up,” ex­plains Tom, who was 14 and liv­ing with his dad, now 73, and Thomas Markle Sr.’s then-wife, Do­ria Ragland, 61, when Meghan was born. Even af­ter their di­vorce, “she was sur­rounded by fam­ily.” He in­sists they’ve “al­ways been on good terms” and that in the years be­fore she landed a star­ring role on Suits, “we would all get to­gether and go out to eat and spend a few hours with [our] grand­mother ev­ery week­end.” He does, how­ever, ad­mit, “I haven’t seen her since she left for Toronto [to film Suits in 2011].”

PALACE PLEA In the past year, Tom says, he’s lost work and has had to move three times be­cause of all the in­ter­est in Meghan. “There was a time where peo­ple were fol­low­ing me around at work, tak­ing pic­tures and post­ing hor­ri­ble sto­ries about me and my fam­ily say­ing I’m a white su­prem­a­cist, a drug ad­dict and a dealer, all this crap that just isn’t true,” he ex­plains. (Though it is true he was ar­rested dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute in early 2017, all charges were swiftly dis­missed.) “My at­tor­ney was reach­ing out to her peo­ple and the palace to ba­si­cally [ help us] try to get a re­trac­tion for all th­ese false sto­ries in [coun­tries] where there are dif­fer­ent laws.” But de­spite his lawyer’s pleas for the palace to “take some ac­tion to pro­tect him,” emails show that a rep from Harry’s of­fice sim­ply told him, “I am so sorry to hear you have been hav­ing a tough time with the me­dia.”

Tom can only spec­u­late about why Meghan has shut him out. “Maybe Hol­ly­wood and her suc­cess did jade her a bit,” he says. “But I didn’t bring this [neg­a­tive at­ten­tion] on my­self. She should step up to the plate and do some­thing and help — at least ac­knowl­edge it.” ◼

THE EMAILS ASK­ING FOR HELP In a se­ries of mes­sages, Tom’s lawyer writes that nei­ther the palace nor Meghan’s rep are will­ing to help him deal with neg­a­tive press at­ten­tion. Tom then reaches out to the palace him­self, with no luck, so he writes a per­sonal

TOM CON­TACTS THE PALACE HIM­SELF TOM REACHES OUT TO MEGHAN HIS LAWYER RE­LAYS BAD NEWS

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