We all know the modern story of Meghan Markle, the American actress turned Duchess of Sussex. However, here are 10 amazing things you did not know about Meghan Markle’s family history.
1. Meghan faced challenges growing up as a child of mixed ethnicity
Meghan was often confused about her identity as she did not want to choose one parent over the other. She, however, has learned to deal with it like a badass, and even has advice for other bi-racial young people.
Make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You push for color-blind casting; and you draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are, not what color your parents happen to be.2. Meghan’s ancestors enlisted and fought in the civil war.
2. Meghan’s ancestors enlisted and fought in the civil war.
Meghan’s great, great, great, great-grandfather Daniel Mangle and his son Thomas both served in Lincoln’s army during the civil war.
3. Her parents met on a TV set
Back in the day when Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle senior, was a lighting director, Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, was training to be a makeup artist. The two met on the set of ABC’s General Hospital.
4. Her parents were married in a temple
Meghan’s parents were married by brother Bhaktananda at the self-realization temple on Sunset Boulevard temple in December 1979. That explains mother and daughter’s love for Yoga. (Meghan: A Hollywood Princess)
5. Meghan’s ancestors were slaves
Doria Ragland’s family are the descendants of slaves. Her family was the property of a Georgia slave owner called William Ragland. After being freed, they adopted his last name.
6. Meghan is of royal lineage
Meghan’s paternal grandmother Doris Mary Rita Sanders, was a descendant of Christopher Hussey who was a 24th generation descendant of King Edward III. Moreover, Meghan is a descendant of Revered William Skipper whose ancestors had distant connections with Princess Diana, Harry’s mom.
So Meghan is a very, very distant cousin of Prince Harry. We don’t think that’s creep — just proof that Meghan was always meant for the palace.
7. Meghan Markle has two half-siblings
Meghan has two siblings from her father’s first marriage to Roslyn Loveless. Markle’s half-sister Samantha is 17 years older, while her brother Thomas Markle Jr. is 15 years her senior. The siblings are estranged, with media reports showing that Samantha and Meghan have not spoken or over a decade at the time of her wedding in 2018.
8. Meghan is also estranged from her father
Thomas Markle did not attend his daughter’s wedding which made their relationship turn sour. Markle has also made controversial statements in the media concerning his daughter and her wedding to the royal family