An outrageous claim by a member of the Duchess of Sussex's extended and estranged family has landed him in hot water online.
Prince Harry is "on the chopping board next," Meghan Markle’s estranged half-brother has claimed on Celebrity Big Brother Australia, despite never having met the prince.
In a trailer for the show Thomas Markle Jr, 55, said his younger half sister "walked all over" her first husband Trevor Engelson and that Harry is likely to suffer the same fate.
The window fitter says in the trailer: "The guy that she was married to the first time. She just walked all over him and dumped him.
"That’s cold blooded. That’s stone cold. Harry’s on the chopping board next."
The clip cuts to Thomas in the diary room saying he plans to write a letter to Meghan and Harry.
He recites the beginning of the letter: "Dear Meghan and Harry, the first thing I want to say to both of you…" before it cuts to the credits, which ask: "What’s in the letter?" The show airs in November.
His comments come despite the fact that he isn't believed to know the couple well, and wasn't invited to their 2018 wedding.
He has been accused online of searching for his "15 minutes of fame."
"I cannot stand Megan, however her brother is just as bad as her. He doesn’t know her after how many years no contact. He is reaching for that 15 min fame & the money that comes with it.. Discreditable," one Twitter user fumed, responding to Markle's comments.
Another person joked: "Always good to see such a warm, close-knit & mutually supportive family."
Another person said that Markle Jr is an "odious nobody" who is "desperately squeezing any drop of money he can from his connection to a sister with whom he has zero relationship."
Thomas Jr previously gloated in another clip from the show that he "warned" Prince Harry about his sister.
He says to the cameras: "I told Prince Harry she'd ruin your life. She's very shallow."
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In the weeks leading up to the royal wedding, Thomas Markle Jr's open letter to Prince Harry was published in the magazine In Touch.
Thomas Jr described his sister as a "conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the Royal Family heritage" in the fiery message.
He wrote: "As more time passes to your royal wedding, it became very clear that this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history.
"Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you."
Royal commentators have suggested Meghan and her older half-siblings Samantha and Thomas Jr "barely know each other" and haven't spoken face-to-face for a long time.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, one pal of the Duchess said: "Meghan barely knows Samantha, they haven’t seen each other for nearly 20 years."
Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson split after two years of marriage in 2013, with the now Duchess of Sussex citing “irreconcilable differences”.
The pair had known each other since the age of two and were famously pictured together outside Buckingham Palace during a childhood holiday to the UK.
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