Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family
As rumors of a royal wedding swirl around Prince Harry and his actress girlfriend, here’s a look at who we might expect to see (or not) at the nuptials.

The world’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry, has been spending plenty of quality time with actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle. The latest reports from the press which have been feverishly following the couple’s every move say they are preparing to move in together, next door to his brother, Prince William and his family, Duchess Catherine, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Since they began dating nearly a year ago, the actress, who plays Rachel Zane on the USA Network TV show Suits, has been under intense scrutiny. Labeled “the most Googled actress,” it seems there is little about Meghan (who recently shut down her lifestyle site, The Tig) the world isn’t interested in.

Which is why her family has recently been thrust into the spotlight, giving interviews to and sharing childhood photos with British and U.S. press. So who are these (for the most part) chatty relatives and what are their relationships to Meghan?

Here’s everything we know about the potential princess-to-be’s fascinating family life.

Meghan and her mom are close.

Meghan describes her mother Doria Radlan as the biggest influence on her life. Though Meghan lives in Toronto and her mother is in L.A., the two spend plenty of quality time with one another. They attend events together (such as the United Nations Women's Day in March 2015), grab yoga classes together (Doria is an instructor), and Meghan even took her mom to meet Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Radlan in Toronto, Canada.

In addition to teaching yoga, Doria is a licensed social worker and jewelry maker living in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Her marriage to Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, ended when the actress was six years old, after which Meghan lived with her mom but saw her dad regularly.

Her father worked in entertainment.

She’s not the first one in her family to get a Hollywood gig. Meghan’s father Thomas W. Markle, 72, was a camera operator on the ‘80s TV sitcom Married With Children. He reportedly met Prince Harry last summer during a visit to Toronto, and, according to Meghan’s half brother, she and her dad “are very close and they stay in close contact.”

Meghan Markle at age 10 with her grandmother Doris, her father (top right) and her uncle (top left).

Thomas still lives in L.A, in an apartment in Hollywood, but often travels to Mexico.


Her half sister is a former model and actress.

Samantha Grant, 51, is another of Meghan’s half siblings from her father’s previous marriage—and one who has not been the most publicly supportive of her baby sister. Samantha (who now goes by Samantha Markle) has reportedly called Meghan a “social climber,” adding, "Hollywood has changed her. I think her ambition is to become a princess."

She’s even writing a tell-all entitled “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister” which she says will include claims that Meghan always wanted to be a princess.

Meghan's half sister Samantha Grant, mother of three and former actress and model based in Florida

 Grant said she has also barely spoken to Meghan since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.

Still, Grant praised Meghan on Entertainment Tonight, saying her half sister is "just very beautiful and conservative, very real, very giving.”

She's talked about being multiracial.

Now 35, Meghan has spoken of her pride in her mixed-race heritage and that her ancestors were once slaves.

Meghan told Elle that she struggled with her identity, growing up with a white father and a black mother: "You create the identity you want for yourself, just as my ancestors did when they were given their freedom."

In a post for her lifestyle site, The Tig, the actress recalled having to tick a box indicating her ethnicity as a teen, and being told to choose either white, black, Hispanic or Asian.

"You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other – and one half of myself over the other," Meghan wrote.

"My teacher told me to check the box for Caucasian. 'Because that's how you look, Meghan,' she said. I put down my pen. Not as an act of defiance, but rather a symptom of my confusion. I couldn't bring myself to do that, to picture the pit-in-her-belly sadness my mother would feel if she were to find out. So, I didn't tick a box. I left my identity blank – a question mark, an absolute incomplete – much like how I felt."

Meghan says she grew to embrace her mixed heritage and is proud to be "a strong, confident mixed-race woman."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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