Meghan Markle is the Duchess of Sussex and the entire world has fallen in love with her romance with Prince Harry of Great Britain. Before her marriage to Prince Harry, she was an actress who had been making waves in American TV and before that she was a young 11-year-old woman who conducted a successful effort that got Proctor & Gamble to alter a commercial she had deemed sexist.
Born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, Meghan Markle pursued a career as a screen actress, appearing in a number of TV series before landing the recurring role of Rachel Zane on the USA Network show Suits. Markle was the subject of international headlines in 2016 upon the revelation of her romance with Prince Harry of Great Britain. The two announced their engagement late the following year and married on May 19, 2018. Markle also ran the lifestyle blog The Tig from 2014 to 2017.
In general, Meghan Markle is a really inspiring woman and it seems the world can’t get enough of her story — the chances that she’s beat and the places she’s managed to rise to despite those odds. If you’re among these in love with Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex, here are more details about her life which will even make you admire her the more.
Her parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, met in the late ’70s.
“My dad was a lighting director for a soap opera and my mom was a temp at the studio,” Meghan wrote in a 2015 essay for Elle about being biracial. “I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques.”
On August 4, 1981, they welcomed Meghan into the world, later moving to The Valley in Los Angeles. Meghan recalled experiencing a lack of diversity growing up as she worked to “find my own truth,” but credits her parents with helping her establish her identity.
Meghan Markle’s mum is Doria Ragland. She was a social worker and yoga teacher who dwelt in View Park-Windsor Hills, California before moving to London to be closer to her daughter after her marriage. Doria Ragland was married to Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle Sr. who lives all of the way in Rosarito Mexico. Thomas Markle Sr. and Doria Ragland divorced when Meghan was just six years old. Because of Thomas Markle’s career as a television director of photography, Meghan Markle from a young age frequently visited places.
The Duchess of Sussex has two paternal half-siblings called Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Markle. She’s reportedly estranged from both of them and some play before her wedding to Prince Harry appeared to confirm that the rumors of the estrangement. He explained Meghan as a shallow, jaded and conceited girl who would disgrace the royal family and their heritage. He also threw a dig at the fact that she hadn’t invited him and several other members of the family to the marriage, choosing instead to invite strangers.