Meghan Markle’s dysfunctional family sounds like it came straight out of a tabloid talk show. And while the actress is getting ready to join the royal family this coming May, she can’t quite leave the family drama behind. Here’s an inside look at the actress’s troubled family as she prepares to tie the knot with Prince Harry.
One of Meghan’s biggest pains this past year have come from her half-sister, Samantha Grant. Grant, who has since changed her name back to Markle, has been talking a lot about her early childhood with the Suits star.
Grant has done numerous interviews with the media and has talked pretty much nonstop about Meghan ever since she started dating Harry. Grant is even preparing to release her own memoir, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, even though she hasn’t talked to Meghan in years.
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Thomas Markle Jr., Meghan’s half-brother, also claims that she has cut ties with the family. Thomas says that Meghan shut him down when he tried to get in contact with her recently. In a letter he penned to the actress, he apologized if his criminal past was an embarrassment to the family. Thomas was taken into custody last month after fighting with his fiancée.
In 2017, he was sent to jail after waving a gun at his soon-to-be wife during another spout. Thomas says that Meghan never responded back to his letter.
Although Meghan has a strained relationship with her siblings, her bond with her parents is strong. Meghan’s father, Thomas W. Markle, met her mom, Doria Ragland, while working on General Hospital. Thomas worked as a lighting director while Ragland was employed as a temp.
The two married in the 1970s and have Meghan in 1981. While her parents divorced six years after she was born, Meghan maintained a close relationship with her dad.
“Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married … with Children, which is a funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up,” Meghan shared in a 2013 interview.
Meghan is also close with her mother, who now works as a social worker and yoga instructor. In fact, Meghan’s mom has been spotted with her and Harry as recently as last year, and it sounds like Harry gets along with her just fine.
Back in November, Harry called Meghan’s mom an “amazing” person and he allegedly asked her permission before popping the big question.
Markle and Harry are set to tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle.
We still don’t know a lot about the wedding, but we do know that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan on taking a carriage ride around Windsor before heading to the reception.
A guest list for the ceremony has not been released.