Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for DUI in the United States.
A spokesperson for the Oregon State Police confirmed the news in a statement to Entertainment Tonight: “We arrested a Thomas Wayne Markle around 1:30 a.m. on Highway 238 near mile post 1 in Josephine County. He was stopped for speed and then arrested for DUII, (Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants). His blood alcohol content was .11 per cent. He was lodged in a detox centre in Josephine County.”
Police were said to have performed a field sobriety test and TMZ reports that the window fitter was “visibly intoxicated and well over the legal limit.”
Markle, who is the son of Meghan’s father Thomas Sr., was then taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center, while his Chevy Silverado was seized.
The Duchess of Sussex’s dad, who has been hitting headlines for months now due to his comments about his daughter cutting him out of her life, told TMZ: “My son has a serious problem and he needs help, and I hope he gets it.”
Meghan’s estranged sister Samantha added: “His drinking is not related to Meghan. He always drank.”
The arrest comes after Thomas invited Meghan and Prince Harry to his wedding to fiancee Darlene Blount, which is due to take place in March.
He previously warned Harry that Meghan was “not the right woman” for him in a letter back in April.