In the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast, Meghan Markle shares a sweet moment with her mother, Doria Ragland, and lavishes praise on her while painting a picture of Ragland as a burdened single mother who was solely responsible for her upbringing.
Anyone who has read about Meghan’s childhood in Los Angeles, however, might wonder about the idea that Ragland was on her own to raise the future TV actor who married Prince Harry. Meghan’s statement — “She took care of me and the house and herself. She was juggling so much.” — is at odds with the many accounts showing that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, was very much involved in co-parenting her.
From around the age of 9 and until Meghan left for college, the future Duchess of Sussex lived “full-time” with her father, a lighting designer for “General Hospital,” “Married With Children” and other shows, according to Vanity Fair and the book, “Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors” by author Tom Bower.
Thomas Markle and others say he footed the bill for her private-school education and often was responsible for transporting her to and from school. Meghan also once talked fondly about how her father brought her with him to the studios after school, so she could do her homework while he finished work.
It’s not surprising that Meghan would want to avoid any mention of Thomas Markle in the episode that dropped Tuesday. She famously cut off contact with him after his…