We’re just over three months away from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
As expected, royal obsessives the world over are already giddy with anticipation.
Sadly, just as unsurprising is the fact that opportunists and con artists are coming out of the wood work hoping to exploit Meghan in her remaining days as a civilian.
And some of them are members of her immediate family.
It all started when Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, threatened to publish a tell-all.
Amazingly, it looks like she managed to land a publisher, but it sounds like the book won’t be loaded with the bombshell revelations the public is hoping for.
Meghan and Samantha reportedly haven’t had any contact with one in well over a decade, and sources say they weren’t close with one another for several years before that.
So unless you’re hankering for some insights into Meg’s high school study habits, the book probably won’t do much for you.
Just last month, the sketchy sibling started going by Samantha Markle and managed to score a deal with TLC to produce a special about Meghan.
And now it seems she’s not the only member of the Markle clan who’s looking to line their pockets.
Apparently, Meghan also has a half-brother named Tom Markle Jr.
In addition to having a name that sounds like an anagram for a Harry Potter villain, Tom is apparently even more shady than Samantha.
Rather than threatening to share Meghan’s secrets with the world, he took the more direct route of asking Meg for money for a personal security detail, and then publicly calling her out for abandoning her family when she refused.
In a recent interview with In Touch, Tommy Marks shared the contents of the email he received from Meghan’s lawyers that basically told him to go do his panhandling elsewhere.
“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,'” Tom told the tabloid.
“That’s pretty harsh,” he adds calling the email “a slap in the face” and “below the belt.”
“I spent a lot of time with her growing up,” Tom says.
In the emails, Tom asks Meghan and Buckingham Palace officials to “take some action to protect [him],” which apparently meant not only security services but protection from what he claims are inaccurate media reports.
“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,” Tom tells In Touch.
“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.”
Reps for Harry were apparently more polite than Meghan’s lawyers, telling Tom, “We are so sorry to hear you have been having a tough time with the media.”
Of course, they still didn’t offer him any sort of assistance with the problem.
We’re assuming Meghan is currently being trained in how to tell someone to shove off using proper royal decorum.