Another day, another royal scandal or two. The latest: Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for a DUI and Kate Middleton’s brother James has revealed his intense battle with depression. Plus, there’s been another staff defection from Markle’s camp. After news of other top aides leaving amid rumors of her difficult demands, her bodyguard quit after six months on the job, according to multiple reports.
Kate’s brother James opened up about his terrifying struggle with depression. In an op-ed for the Daily Mail, the 31-year-old wrote of his darkest days: “During the day I’d drag myself up and go to work, then just stare with glazed eyes at my computer screen, willing the hours to tick by so I could drive home again.”
He continued: “I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression. It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”
James was finally able to recover by retreating to the country and confronting his demons, he revealed.
“In the days before, I’d finally confronted the fact that I couldn’t cope any longer, that I wasn’t all right; that I desperately needed help. And this recognition led to a sort of calm: I knew if I accepted help there would be hope. It was a tiny spark of light in the darkness.”
He said he was compelled to speak out in a bid to reduce stigma around mental illness. His sister Kate, along with his brother in law Prince William and Harry have long championed mental health causes.
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The 52-year-old Thomas was arrested for a DUI in the early hours of Friday in Oregon. He reportedly blew a .11, three points over the legal .08 percent. He was sent to a detox center to sober up and was then released.
This isn't his first trouble with the law. Thomas was previously arrested in January of 2017 after he pulled a gun on fiancée Darlene Blount. She dropped the case soon after. Then this past July, they got into another argument which allegedly resulted in Darlene socking Thomas and giving him a black eye. She was arrested and charged with assault, though Thomas has said he wants the case to be dropped.
They hope to marry in March. He recently said that he hopes Meghan and Prince Harry will attend. He even told the Daily Mail he’s hoping his wedding will bring his half-sister and their father Thomas together after a long estrangement.
In more positive news, Meghan reportedly revamped Harry’s diet since the pair married in May. According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, the Duchess is a food: “She loves cooking, exploring new foods, and experimenting with fresh flavours.”
“Just as Meghan encouraged a helping of culinary adventure, so she dramatically changed the contents of Prince Harry’s fridge,” Morton told Express UK. “Meghan never leaves home unless she has hummus, carrots, green juice, almonds and chia seed pudding in the fridge.”
Meghan has also reportedly influenced Harry to consume less booze and to take up yoga.