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Meghan Markle's estranged brother 'to appear on Big Brother VIP' in Australia

Mirror logo Mirror 22/07/2021 Jamie Roberts

Meghan Markle's estranged brother Thomas Markle Jr looks set to take the place of Katie Hopkins on the Australian version of Celebrity Big Brother.

The 55-year-old was reportedly spotted at Sydney airport on Thursday and is now thought to be spending 14 days in quarantine before the show begins.

His appearance coincides with Katie, 46, having her contract for the show cancelled and her visa revoked after she boasted she was trying to break the country's quarantine rules.

The media personality caused outrage with her comments on Instagram in which she said she was trying to open her hotel room door to staff members naked and without a mask on.

Following the comments, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Katie would be leaving the country "imminently".

a group of people standing in front of a building: Thomas Markle Jr Big Brother VIP © Daily Mirror Thomas Markle Jr Big Brother VIP

She told Australia Broadcasting Corporation: "It’s appalling that this individual behaved the way that she did and she will be leaving.

“We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can arrange that.

“The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling.

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“It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behaviour."

And now, following Katie arriving back on British soil earlier in the week, it appears as though it's Thomas Jr's turn to ready himself for the show, according to New Idea.

Other notable contestants set to appear on Big Brother VIP include Caitlyn Jenner, who arrived in Australia last week and is currently in hotel quarantine.

Thomas is the Duchess of Sussex's half brother with the pair sharing the same dad.

They lived together when Meghan was born, but were said to have not spoken to each other for eight years at the time the former Suits star married Prince Harry in 2018.

Speaking to German publication Bild, Thomas revealed his relationship with his half sister had soured and accused her of "changing".

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Thomas Markle Jr Meghan Markle © DPA/PA Images Thomas Markle Jr Meghan Markle

And in a conversation with New Idea last year he admitted that he wouldn't be surprised if Harry and Meghan stepping away from the Royal Family was because of an ultimatum by his half sister.

He said: "If things aren’t going her way, she’ll just go a different route.

"Ultimately, she wants to do what she wants to do and she doesn’t want to be told what to do. I think living under the palace rules and guidelines … it just probably caused a lot of problems with her life and with Harry.

"That’s how she is. It’s very possible that she just put her foot down and said [to Harry] I’m leaving – with or without you."


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