After news broke on Nov. 27 that Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry, fans immediately wanted to know more about the commoner who managed to snag herself a royal — specifically, who her parents are. The actress, who's half-black and half-white, was raised in LA by parents from Pennsylvania and Ohio. But her roots and her family history run much deeper than that. Scroll down for more details!
Who are Meghan Markle's parents, Tom Markle and Doria Radlan?
Growing up, Meghan was close with both of her parents, even though they got divorced when she was around six. And she's still close with them now — though her dad, Tom, hasn't had a chance to meet Harry face-to-face. "He’s talked to my dad a few times, hasn’t been able to meet him just yet," the brunette beauty shared in her first joint interview with her soon-to-be hubby. A source told E! that Meghan introduced Harry and Doria during a mother-daughter trip to London this summer.
Meghan and her mom at the 2017 Invictus Games. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
And Meghan's proud of her parents too, often making time to schedule in visits despite her busy schedule. Between her acting and activist work, Meghan was able to fit in trips to the yoga studio with her instructor mom and visit Toronto to see her dad. And, of course, she shared messages of love for them on her Instagram page.
"No filter. Just happiness with my mama bear," Meghan captioned an adorable video with Doria. It's clear there's plenty of love within this family. And her dad gets his fair share of it too. "I'm still your buckaroo," Meghan wrote to her dad in an Instagram post for Father's Day. "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."
What ethnicities are Tom Markle and Doria Radlan?
Tom is Dutch-Irish, while Doria is African-American. Meghan previously shared that her mom was once mistaken for her nanny. "I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word. We were leaving a concert and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver," she wrote in Elle magazine. "Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating... To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman."
How did Tom Markle and Doria Radlan meet?
The duo first crossed paths in the late '70s, and though they separated when Meghan was just a little girl, she credits both of them for her work ethic and charitable spirit. "My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot... be it a hug, a smile, or a pat on the back to show ones in need that they would be alright," she previously shared.