Meghan Markle's brother reminds Prince Harry she's a 'hot commodity' as he urges royal to propose

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been dating for close to a yearGetty

Meghan Markle's half-brother has some words of advice for Prince Harry when it comes to matters of the heart: get a move on and propose!

Speaking to the Daily Mail about the engagement rumors, Thomas Markle Jr − whose shares the same father as the Suits actress − said he hoped the fifth-in-line to the throne realised time was of the essence, because his younger sibling is a "hot commodity".

Meghan, who is also a humanitarian, found fame playing feisty paralegal Rachel Zane on the hit legal drama.

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"I hope Prince Harry proposes. She's a hot commodity right now — he better get on it," the 50-year-old Oregon-native said.

Markle Jr, who is preparing to walk down the aisle himself, went on to say that the American star was suited for life as a royal.

"I do have a sense of pride in Meghan being successful. It was just obvious from day one that she was destined to be somewhere really big," he explained.

"She's always been a princess. She's carried herself on that level from day one."

Thomas Jr previously said that his 72-year-old father was 'proud' of his daughter's relationship with Harry and had met the royal six months into their romance.

Markle, who was previously married to Trevor Engelson for a year in 2012, recently opened up about her romance with the fifth-in-line to the throne in a candid interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

"We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us," she said.

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"It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."

Her brother's comments come as engagement talk reaches fever pitch. It was recently claimed that the 36-year-old actress had finally been introduced to Queen Elizabeth II on 3 September at Birkhall.

"It went well. It'll no doubt be the first of many encounters," an insider told Us Weekly. "The entire weekend was a success. [Harry] was able to introduce someone he loves to someone he cares for deeply," noted the source. The insider also claimed that Markle is a perfect fit for the Royal family.

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