Meghan Markle’s family tree – from mother Doria Ragland and father Thomas to her half-sister Samantha

MEGHAN Markle married into the British Royal Family and gave birth to her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6.

While the Duchess of Sussex’s family is now well-known around the world, we explain everything about Meghan’s own family tree.

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Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family on May 19, 2018

Who’s in Meghan’s family?

Some of Meghan’s family are well-known and were incredibly vocal in the run-up to her royal wedding.

But the Duchess of Sussex’s mum was her only close relative at the ceremony after her dad Thomas pulled out last minute.

It was left to Prince Charles to walk his now daughter-in-law down the aisle as she prepared to say I do to Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The wedding took place on May 19, 2018.

Royal baby

After intense speculation that Meghan was pregnant, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news on October 15, 2018.

Rumours had been rife after the 37-year-old wore loose clothing to a number of engagements, including  Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

The news broke on Kensington Palace’s Twitter.

It added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

And finally on May 6, 2019,  Meghan and Prince Harry announced the Duchess had given birth to a boy.

Their son was born at 5.26am.

The royal couple named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

He is seventh in line to the throne.

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gushed over their 'amazing' baby boy

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gushed over their ‘amazing’ baby boy


 Meghan's dad was unable to attend his daughter's wedding at the last minute

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Meghan’s dad was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding at the last minute

Meghan Markle’s dad is Thomas Markle Snr, a 73-year-old former Emmy-award winning television lighting director.

He worked on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital.

Born in 1945, he is of Dutch-Irish origin and currently lives in New Mexico.

Thomas Snr married Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in 1979, but they divorced in 1987.


 Meghan is Doria Ragland's only child

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Meghan is Doria Ragland’s only child

Meghan’s mum was the bride’s only close relative who attended the wedding, after her father pulled out.

Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor and social worker, and Meghan, born in 1981, is her only child.

Her Facebook page says the 61-year-old works in social work at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California.

Doria has been by her daughter’s side following the birth of her first grandchild.


 Samantha is said to be writing a tell-all book about Meghan and made repeated TV appearances in the run-up to the wedding

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Samantha is said to be writing a tell-all book about Meghan and made repeated TV appearances in the run-up to the wedding

Thomas Markle Snr’s oldest child, Samantha Grant, sometimes referred to as Samantha Markle, is 53.

In 2008 she was diagnosed with MS and now uses a wheelchair.

Samantha has been very vocal on her views on Meghan’s marriage, giving multiple interviews to US and UK media.

The former actress and model lives in Florida, and is currently writing a memoir called ‘Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister’.

She was not invited to the royal wedding.


 Thomas Markle Jnr is a dad-of-two
Thomas Markle Jnr is a dad-of-two

Meghan has a half-brother, Thomas Markle Jnr, 51.

He is the son of her father and his first wife, Roslyn, as is Samantha.

The father-of-two has previously had run-ins with the law, and works as a window fitter in Oregon.

He too was not invited to the royal wedding.


 Meghan's two cousins and their mum travelled to London at the time of the wedding


Meghan’s two cousins and their mum travelled to London at the time of the wedding

Meghan has two nephews – Tyler and Thomas.

Aged 25 and 26, they are the sons of her half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr and his ex-wife Tracy Dooley.

Tyler is said to work on a Cannabis farm in Oregon, while Thomas, known as TJ, is believed to be a manager at a Domino’s restaurant.

Neither they nor their mother were invited to the wedding, but the trio arrived in London to appear as ‘special correspondents’ on Good Morning Britain before being dropped.

The day after Meghan’s son was born Tyler injured his leg during a heated 20-man brawl in Oregon.

Aunts, uncles and cousins

 Michael Markle is a retired US diplomat

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Michael Markle is a retired US diplomat
 A family photo of Meghan, 11, with father Thomas and nephew Tyler

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A family photo of Meghan, 11, with father Thomas and nephew Tyler

Meghan has three uncles and one aunt.

She has two uncles on her father’s side, and the remaining two on her mother’s side.

One of her uncles, Michael, said in August 2018 that he was “surprised” he was not on the guest list, saying his exclusion was a “snub” by the Royal Family.

The 78-year-old enjoyed a 19-year US government career but while he now suffers from Parkinson’s disease he said he would have made the effort to be there at Windsor Castle for the wedding.

His daughter, Trish Gallop, 58, said she was equally saddened to have been left off the list.

Michael and Thomas Markle Snr’s other brother, Fred, is a bishop.

The 72-year-old is said to work at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel in Flordia.

On her mother’s side, she has uncle Joseph Johnson, 68, and Doria’s half-sister, Saundra.

None of them were invited to the wedding.

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Who else is Meghan related to?

It turns out Meghan has a host of famous and infamous relatives.

According to genealogists, she is distantly related to both William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill.

Research found Meghan is the Bard’s fifth cousin 13 times removed on her mum Doria’s side.

And she is a sixth cousin five times removed of Prime Minister Churchill through British settler Zachariah Howe.

And she is also believed to be related to the notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes.

It has been claimed Meghan has the American medic in her family tree.

He confessed to 27 murders, and is also a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders which rocked London in the 19th century.

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