It’s no secret that Meghan Markle has a strained relationship with multiple members of her family, including her half-sister Samantha Markle.

And while we’re sure Samantha’s multiple stunts in the media haven’t helped this relationship, we’re now getting some sort of insight into what sparked their incredibly strained relationship to begin with.

Thomas Markle Jr., Meghan’s half brother, joined the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning to speak with us during the midst of Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal exit and he explained the root of the issue behind Meghan and Samantha’s rivalry.

According to Thomas, Samantha has held a grudge against Meghan practically since birth because she was jealous of all of the attention that Meghan got from their father.

“I think when Meghan was born my father was assisting Samantha with her modelling career and her acting career, he was getting her on her way as well,” Thomas Markle Jr. told us this morning.

“And then Meghan was born and then that took all of my dad’s time and every spare moment my dad gave to Meghan. And I think the jealousy and animosity arose then and there and she held a grudge from that day on.”

As it turns out Samantha Markle actually wanted to become an actress herself. And so not only did she lose the attention from her own father, but she had to watch as her sister went on to become famous in Hollywood. You would be kind of dirty wouldn’t you…

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“She would’ve been so jealous!” Jackie said. “I didn’t know she wanted to get into Hollywood. Here she is trying to get into Hollywood, not only does her sister break it in Hollywood but then becomes a princess! She would’ve hated her.”

While Thomas Markle Jr. didn’t seem surprised at all by the way Meghan and Samantha’s relationship turned out, he said that he was incredibly shocked that Meghan distanced herself so much from the rest of the family.

He claimed that Meghan practically brushed off the entire family when she began to make it big in Hollywood on the show Suits and none of them knew why.

“As soon as she went off to Toronto when she was on that show for eight years or whatever it was on that show Suits, she sort of became a different person that nobody recognised,” Thomas explained to us.

“Including my father, he said, ‘I don’t know this person anymore. It was very unfortunate.”

“Do you think she was embarrassed by the family in some way?” Jackie asked.

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“I can definitely see that,” he explained. “That’s probably the only conclusion I can come up with. She probably wanted to get as far away from Samantha as possible.”

Hear our full chat with Thomas Markle Jr. in the podcast below!

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