Meghan Markle's half-brother Thomas Jr has launched a legal bid to gain control of their dad's legal and business affairs in a Britney Spears-style "conservatorship".
Thomas Markle Sr, 78, is currently recovering from a stroke.
The former Hollywood lighting engineer is suing British photographer Jeff Rayner over staged photos taken of him before his daughter married Prince Harry in 2018.
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It is claimed those pictures led to the relationship between Thomas Sr and Meghan, 41, breaking down, reports the Mirror.
If Thomas Jr, 55, secures the conservatorship he will manage the court case on his father's behalf.
The conservatorship plan was revealed in documents filed in California about the Rayner case.
Thomas Jr told the court he is “in the process” of obtaining the legal arrangement to step in for his dad.
A similar arrangement was put in place by the family of US pop queen Britney Spears when she suffered health problems. It led to the troubled singer’s life and finances being governed by relatives for more than a decade.
It is understood the plan for Thomas Sr is less far-reaching.
A well-placed source told the Sunday Mirror: “Tom Sr has had a series of health scares and his son wants to do the best for him by taking any stress away.
“Cases in America grind on for months or years so it will be a weight off Tom Sr’s mind. It will help him focus on his recovery.”
Rayner applied for a restraining order on Thomas Sr, who was quoted in a book saying he would consider killing the photographer – but it has since been denied that he said it.
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In the Tom Bower book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between The Windsors, he was claimed to have said: “I got screwed Rayner… I want to tear him down. If they tell me I’ve got terminal cancer, then I’ll kill him because I have nothing to lose.”
The pair are due in court in November when Thomas Sr will seek $1million (£850,000), claiming the staged pictures caused him “worldwide embarrassment”.
Thomas Jr already lives close to his father in Rosarito, Mexico, helping him to recover from his stroke.
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