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She’s Engaged to Prince Harry…

A Strong, biracial American Woman…with ties to the Tudors

Meghan Markle pictured in 2013. Creative Commons license.

Meghan Markle pictured in 2013. Creative Commons license.

Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, CA to a Caucasian father and an African-American mother. Markle is proud of her mixed-race heritage and describes herself as “a strong, confident, mixed-race woman.

Her mother, Doria Radlan, is a social worker, psychotherapist and yoga instructor. Her father — of German, Dutch, English, Irish and Scottish descent — is an Emmy award-winning Hollywood set director whose credits include the small-screen hit Married … with Children — the set of which Markle visited often in her youth.

Yet despite her American heritage, Markle’s family lineage traces directly back to the Tudors and Plantagenets of British War-of-the-Roses lore. In fact, British ancestry experts recently reported that one of Markle’s relatives was actually beheaded at the order of none other than Henry VIII.


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