Meghan Markle was thrown into the spotlight when her relationship with Prince Harry became public. Her journey to the Royal Family was watched and analysed by people all over the world. This not only had an effect on the Duchess, but also her family back in the US.
Meghan is the only daughter of Doria Ragland, a former social worker and yoga instructor, and Thomas Markle, a former television lighting director.
The couple were married in 1979 but divorced when Meghan was a young girl.
Meghan and Thomas’ relationship is said to have started to deteriorate in the lead up to the Royal Wedding.
Thomas admitted to posing for staged photos and working with the media ahead of the Sussexes’ big day.
Having suffered a heart attack, Thomas was unable to attend Meghan’s wedding.
In a statement at the time, the Duchess said: “Sadly my father will not be attending the wedding, I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
As Meghan began her new life as a royal, Thomas felt like he was no longer part of it.
He began speaking to the press, claiming his daughter had cut him off, and Meghan was left to deal with the fallout.
In a 2022 Channel 5 documentary entitled ‘Harry and Meghan Vs The Monarchy’, royal commentator Ashley Pearson said: “Meghan took full control herself, because it was her dad and the Palace didn’t…