Meghan Markle's brother invites her and Prince Harry to his wedding, hopes for a family reunion
Thomas Markle Jr, 52, who is set to tie the knot with his fiancee, Darlene Blount, 38, is hoping that his March wedding will become a platform where the whole family can reunite
Meghan Markle's half brother has invited her to his wedding, hoping that the overture would help heal the friction that has developed in the family ever since the 'Suits' actress married Prince Harry last May.
Thomas Markle Jr, 52, who is set to tie the knot with his fiancee, Darlene Blount, 38, is hoping that his March wedding will become a platform where the whole family can gather and resolve the ongoing acrimony.
"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," Markle Jr said.
It is being reported that the couple, who have been dating for two years, will either marry in Reno or Las Vegas. Darlene told DailyMailTV that Meghan's relationship with Harry was one of the first things Thomas told her about his family.
"I thought he was completely crazy," she said.
Thomas added, "I remember that very well -- Meghan and Harry had just started dating and I mentioned it to her and she looked at me like, 'Yeah, who is this guy? Whatever! He's crazy.' But it turned out really nice and we've had a really good time ever since. [We've had] ups and downs but we've managed to make it so far."
When Markle Jr proposed her in March last year, after just 14 months of dating, Blount said she didn't believe him at first but said yes after he went down on one knee at a park close to their home.
Markle Jr said: "There's a really nice park over by our house and we'd go over there and sit by the river and talk and hang out for a while. So one day, I just kind of leaned over and sort of confused the situation a little bit – I threw her in one direction and threw her in the other direction and said, oh by the way, will you marry me?"
"She didn't believe me at first and then I gave her a ring. She said yes."
Meghan who is currently pregnant with her first child has not spoken to her father, Thomas Markle, since her wedding, despite the 74-year-old bombarding her with text messages in the hopes of a reconciliation.
Markle Sr was caught staging paparazzi photos in the week before the Royal Wedding and then failed to attend the event, citing a series of heart attacks. He has also given a number of interviews, including a controversial one in which he revealed some of his son-in-law's political views, including his pro-Brexit stance and his opinion that US President Donald Trump should be given a chance.
"I'm not sure why it's happening. I love my daughter very much. I wish she would reach out, send me a text, anything. There has to be a place for me. I'm her father," Markle Sr said in one of his interviews.