Meghan Markle’s family has been making headlines around the world in the lead-up to her royal wedding this weekend

At the centre of it all is her father Thomas Markle, who dropped several bombshells this week, which has seemingly put a damper on the bride-to-be’s pre-wedding celebrations.

From colluding with a paparazzo who sold his pricey pics to tabloids around the world, and publicly chastising his children (Meghan’s estranged siblings), to revealing he is set to undergo heart surgery soon, Meghan’s dad and relatives have managed to make a mockery of what was meant to be a happy occasion for her.

Although mom Doria Ragland is officially set to make an appearance at the nuptials this Saturday, the same can’t be said of her father and the rest of her extended family.

So who are the people who raised Prince Harry’s future wife to become the woman she is now?

WIN a R 2,000 Woolworths Voucher

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

Meet the parents: Here’s everything you need to know about Meghan Markle’s mom and dad

Doria Ragland

Love at first sight

“It was the late seventies when my parents met, my dad was a lighting director for a soap opera and my mom was a temp at the studio,’ she wrote,” Meghan told Elle magazine.

“I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques… Whatever it was, they married and had me.”

Sadly, the interracial couple divorced when Meghan was six years old.

Meghan and Doria are best friends

Doria is utterly besotted with Meghan, her only child, whom she nicknamed ‘Flower’ and ‘M&M’.

Doria even had a vanity license plate reading “MEGNME” when Meghan was a child.

“We can just have so much fun together, and yet I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend,” Meghan told Elle magazine of her relationship with her mom.


She gives the best advice, according to Meghan

According to Meghan, her mother told her to “never give the milk away for free” with regard to relationships, and to avoid wearing revealing outfits.

Doria also taught her daughter all about self-love, including that of her natural hair.

“My mom would say to me, “Flower, one day you are so gonna be over this hair thing,” because she has watched me do everything like relaxers and Yuko hair systems. And she’s right!”

Mama knows best!