Prince Harry’s Future In-Laws: Meghan Markle’s Parents And Her Background
December 5, 2017 16:17 By Fabiosa
The whole world is trying to catch a breath after the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally happened! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged!
It's official now!
They have shared the touching details of the romantic proposal, which actually happened a couple of weeks ago. Harry and Meghan were at home, roasting chicken, and, apparently, this was the perfect moment for the proposal. Harry got down on one knee and started talking, but Meghan was so excited she didn’t even let him finish the phrase, asking if she could say “yes” already!
Right after the engagement announcement, Twitter erupted with comments from people saying that Meghan Markle will be the first biracial princess in the royal family. The actress, most famous for her role of Rachel Zane in 'Suits', was born in 1981 in Los Angeles. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a psychotherapist and yoga instructor, and Meghan claims she loves yoga thanks to her mom.
Always proud of this beautiful woman. This was when she graduated from USC with a masters in social work. Honoring my mom, Doria, and all the amazing mamas in our lives. Special thanks to my girls @serenawilliams @oliviapalermo @piamiller @mishanonoo @priyankachopra @iamsarahgrafferty for sharing the best advice their moms ever gave them on my site @_thetig ✨ read all the pearls of wisdom here: http://thetig.com/mother-knows-best/ #mothersday #TheTig ❤️❤️❤️
Being a teacher and a social worker fits exactly the royal philanthropic spirit. Meghan told Glamour magazine:
My mom's a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community. For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mom has always been a free spirit.
Her father, Thomas W. Markle, is an Emmy-winning lighting director. He is of Dutch-Irish origin and was born in 1945. His television projects included some of the famous US shows, such as 'Married with Children' and 'General Hospital.' The actress also mentioned that her father retired from show-business in the 90’s, and her parents are divorced.
Happy Father's Day, daddy. I'm still your buckaroo, and to this day your hugs are still the very best in the whole wide world. Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films & club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me that signature Markle nose. I love you xo -Bean
Back in 2015, Meghan wrote an essay about her background and family for Elle magazine:
While my mixed heritage may have created a gray area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.
Queen Charlotte's story
Meghan Markle may be not the first royal with African roots. There are theories claiming that Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III was also of African descent. Historian Mario De Valdes y Cocom states that the Queen came from an African branch of the Portuguese royal family. In a portrait painted by Sir Allan Ramsay, the Queen’s hair looks very curly and her skin appears to be café-au-lait.
She was born in 1744 and was the youngest daughter of Duke Carl Ludwig Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen. King George’s mother was most likely the one, who chose Charlotte to be his bride when she was 17. The king hasn’t met Charlotte until the day of their wedding, on September 8, 1761. Queen Charlotte took great interest in arts and botany, helping expand Kew Gardens. She and King George III had 15 children.
No matter the skin color, it looks like both Harry and Meghan have been raised by very socially-conscious mothers, who implanted in their children a love of helping others, by being the best role models. And this is yet another reason why Harry and Meghan are such a perfect match.