The American Princess: Meghan Markle's Remarkable Path to Royalty

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Thirty-six-year-old Meghan Markle will make history when she marries into the royal family as the first biracial woman to become a princess (at least, in modern memory — more on that later) when she marries Prince Harry.

The couple has become a media sensation since 2016, and their marriage will be broadcast practically everywhere on May 19.

So just who is Meghan Markle? Where did she come from and how did this American girl find a British prince?

 

Find out this and more with these 19 facts about Markle’s path to royalty.

Her Ancestors Were Slaves

Britain'sPrince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Nottingham Academy, Dec. 1, 2017.

While Prince Harry’s ancestors battled over kingdoms, Markle’s were enslaved to plantation work in Jonesboro, Georgia.

According to The Times, Meghan’s earliest ancestor can be traced back to 1830 to a man by the name of Richard Ragland, who lived as a slave near Jonesboro.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland (who is black), still carries the family name. Doria and Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle (who is white), divorced when Meghan was 6 years old.

She’s Been Familiar With Hollywood Since Childhood

Theentrance to Sunset Gower Studios, where Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle worked as the director of photography for the TV series "Married...with Children," in Los Angeles.

Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles as Rachel Meghan Markle. Her father was an accomplished lighting director who would bring her to the set after school. For 10 years, her father worked on the set of “Married…with Children,” and little Markle would go from her straight-laced Catholic private school to the set of the 90s’ raunchiest shows.

“‘There were a lot of times my dad would say, ‘Meg, why don't you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-color for your 11-year-old eyes,’” Markle told Esquire.

She wasn’t allowed to watch the show at home.

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