If you’re not a die-hard royal fan, it can be hard to keep up with all the buzz about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, let alone remember who is who in their respective families.
Markle’s family, in particular, has only just been thrust into the spotlight and are not as well-known to the public. So if you’ve been wondering who the former “Suits” star’s parents are, consider this your primer.
Who is Thomas Markle?
Markle’s father, Thomas, is a retired Emmy award-winning lighting director and cinematographer who worked on the sets of shows like “General Hospital” and “Married… with Children.”
He met Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, after he moved to California in the late ’70s following the end of his first marriage to Roslyn Loveless, Hollywood Life reports. Thomas and Ragland then wed in 1979 and welcomed Markle two years later.
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— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) May 4, 2018
Although Markle’s parents split when she was six, she’s always had a close relationship with her father.
“Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of ‘Married… with Children,’ which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up,” the 36-year-old recalled in an interview with Esquire in 2013.
“There were a lot of times my dad would say, ‘Meg, why don’t you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-colour for your 11-year-old eyes.'”
Thomas was also responsible for jumpstarting his daughter’s acting career. In Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, biographer Andrew Morton revealed that in 1990, the elder Markle won $750,000 in the California State Lottery.
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— The Sun (@TheSun) April 4, 2018
Although he eventually filed for bankruptcy after his win, part of his lottery money was put towards Markle’s education.
“If Meg marries Harry she’ll have won the lottery of life but dad winning the lottery helped us all,” Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., told the Daily Mail in November. “That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training.”
Thomas, who now lives in Mexico, was expected to attend his daughter’s wedding …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel