MEGHAN Markle’s half brother appeared in court on Wednesday after being charged with drink-driving following a blazing row with his fiance over her gambling.
Thomas Markle Jr looked nervous as he faced questions over his January arrest for allegedly driving under the influence near his home in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Thomas Markle Jr appeared in court in Oregon on Wednesday charged with driving under the influence[/caption]
Mr Markle speaks with a legal representative in court on Wednesday following his drink-drive arrest last month[/caption]
Wearing a fleece, check shirt and jeans, Mr Markle, 52, appeared alongside a legal representative at Josephine County Circuit Court.
His day in court came after Mr Markle – who shares the same dad as the Duchess of Sussex – was cuffed while appearing “visibly intoxicated” last month, police said.
Thomas later apologised to his royal sister – blaming medication and an argument with fiance Darlene Blount, 38, according to the Mirror.
The officer demonstrated how he wanted me to walk in a straight line. I told them there was no way I could. He then arrested me
Thomas Markle Jr
He said at the time: “We were in a bar and Darlene refused to stop playing the slots. I wanted to go home as it was late but she didn’t.
“When we finally got in the car, she was furious and the row just continued from there.
“When we got home all hell broke loose. I didn’t want things to escalate so I packed up my things, put them in my truck and left.
“When the police pulled me over I said I was in agonising pain with my leg.
“The officer demonstrated how he wanted me to walk in a straight line.
“I told them there was no way I could. He then arrested me.”
Thomas was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center.
He said: “We want to be together but we need to quit drinking.
“I am genuinely sorry for the shame this has brought on my family and I hope they, as well as Meghan, can forgive me.”
Mr Markle’s arrest came just days after he announced he is getting married to his fiance in March – and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are invited.
He proposed to Darlene in a park close to their home in Oregon – and threw a New Year’s Eve party to celebrate them setting a date.
The couple may hold the big day in Las Vegas or Reno, and Thomas Jr hopes to dress up as Elvis and skydive into the ceremony.
He told DailyMailTV he hopes the wedding will cool tensions between Meghan and their father, Thomas Markle Snr.
He said: “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.”
Thomas Jr was arrested on January 12, 2017, in Oregon for allegedly holding a gun to his partner’s head during another drunken argument.
He was later charged with menacing, pointing a firearm at another person and unlawful use of a weapon.
According to court documents, he pointed the gun at Darlene in an attempt to get her to leave.
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Meanwhile Darlene was arrested over an incident in July that allegedly left her fiance with a black eye.
Thomas Jr previously wrote an open letter in May last year telling Meghan to call off her wedding – branding it a “fake fairy tale”.
He told the prince in April: “It’s not to late. Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you.”
Thomas Markle Jnr was arrested after a blazing row with fiancee Darlene Blount… over a fruit machine[/caption]
Thomas Markle Jr is estranged from sister Meghan but has invited her and Prince Harry to his forthcoming wedding[/caption]
Meghan Markle does not speak with her brother[/caption]
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