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Meghan Markle was born 4 August 1981 in Los Angeles, California, United States to Thomas Wayne Markle (1944) and Doria Loyce Ragland (1956) . She married Trevor Engelson (1976-) 10 September 2011 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She married Henry Windsor (1984) 19 May 2018 in Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland.



Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress, model, and humanitarian.[1][2][3] Since 2011, Markle has portrayed Rachel Zane on the legal drama series Suits. She is also known for her role as special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller Fringe. She had previously worked as a freelance calligrapher.

Siblings


Offspring of Thomas W. Markle and Roslyn Loveless (c1945)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Yvonne Samantha Markle (c1965)
Thomas Markle Jr (c1966)

Offspring of Thomas W. Markle and Doria Loyce Ragland (1956)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rachel Meghan Markle (1981) 4 August 1981 Los Angeles, California, United States Trevor Engelson (1976-)
Henry Windsor (1984)

Second (and world-famous) marriage

She married Prince Harry of the British royal family.[4] Their engagement was announced on November 27, 2017, and they married in May 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor.[5] Following her engagement, she plans to retire from acting and devote her time to humanitarian causes.[6]

Ancestry

Through her early colonial New England immigrant ancestor Rev William Skepper, Meghan is a direct descendant of European Royalty, including King Edward III of England and Charlemagne (747-814).

Research compiled in 1997 by historians including Markle's great-uncle, Mike Markle,[7] found that a paternal great-great-great-grandmother was New Hampshire landowner Mary Hussey Smith (1823–1908),[8][9][10] a descendant of nobleman John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, who was beheaded in 1537 at the order of King Henry VIII.[11][12][13]

Through Lord Hussey, Markle is a descendant of King John.[14][13] Markle is also a descendant of Captain Christopher Hussey, Esquire (d.1686) who was appointed in 1679 by King Charles II to govern the Royal Province of Hampton, New Hampshire. He was a Founding Father of Nantucket.[15][16][17]

Markle is a distant relation of Prince Harry. Their common ancestors are Elizabeth Bowes (1505–c.1572) and her husband, Richard Bowes, son of Sir Ralph Bowes of Streatlam Castle and High Sheriff of County Durham—ancestors of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (née Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon).[18][19][20][21]

“What is clear now,” says Gary Boyd Roberts, “is that she has a well-documented lineage from medieval kings through the Skipper family of Boston and that Prince Harry is her 17th cousin.”

One of Markle's maternal great-great-great-grandfathers was a slave on Georgia plantations before being emancipated with the abolition of slavery in 1865.[22][23]

Early life

Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theater and international studies.

Rachel Meghan Markle[24][25] was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles.[26] Describing her parents, she has said, "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American ... I have come to embrace [this and] say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed-race woman."[27] Her mother, Doria Ragland, has a master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California, lives in View Park-Windsor Hills,[28] and works as a psychotherapist and yoga instructor.[26][29] Her father, Thomas W. Markle, who lives in Mexico,[30] is an Emmy Award-winning lighting director whose profession resulted in his young daughter often visiting the set of Married... with Children.[31][32][33] Markle is of Dutch and Irish descent through her father.[34][35]

For more biography, see the 'biography/ subpage.

Personal life

Markle is a self-proclaimed foodie, which was incorporated into her Suits character Rachel Zane.[31] Markle is friends with a number of celebrities including Serena Williams,[36] Jessica Mulroney,[37] and Ben Mulroney.[38]

Markle was in a relationship with actor and producer Trevor Engelson from 2004 until 2011. They married on September 10, 2011,[39] and divorced in August 2013.[40]

File:HRH Prince Henry of Wales.jpg

Residences

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • Divorced in August 2013, citing "irreconcilable differences".




Contributors

  Robin Patterson, MainTour

References

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