Who is Thomas Markle, what did Meghan say about him and when was he married to Doria Ragland?

Here's everything you need to know about the father of the woman who is now married into the Royal Family. 

How does Meghan describe her father, Thomas?

It is clear from social media updates Meghan has a lot of love for her father.

"Happy Father's Day, daddy. I'm still your buckaroo, and to this day your hugs are still the very best in the whole wide world," the star wrote on Instagram in 2016.

She also shared a throwback snap of her with her father when she was a baby.

"Thanks for my work ethic, my love of Busby Berkeley films & club sandwiches, for teaching me the importance of handwritten thank you notes, and for giving me that signature Markle nose. I love you xo -Bean," she added.

What's the latest?

But now it has been revealed that Meghan wrote to her estranged dad begging him to stop "victimising" her after she married Prince Harry, it is claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex gave Thomas Markle an olive branch after telling him: "I have one father" – but incredibly he responded by shamelessly asking for a photo shoot with her.

In the five-page letter it is thought she wrote he had broken her heart "into a million pieces" after he failed to attend her wedding.

She writes: “I begged you to accept help – we sent someone to your home…and instead of speaking to me to accept this or any help, you stopped answering your phone and chose to only speak to tabloids.”

The Duchess adds: “If you love, as you tell the press you do, please stop.

“Please allow us to live our lives in peace.”

Five "close friends" told People magazine that Meghan had been left absolutely "devastated" by her dad's response.

Thomas told the Mail on Sunday that the gut-wrenching five-page letter was not an “olive branch” but a "a dagger to the heart” which left him “devastated.”

It comes after a turbulent 18 months for Meghan since her relationship with Prince Harry was revealed, with her family repeatedly cashing in on her rising profile.

Meghan's family drama has seen Thomas interviewed on national television, calling his daughter "controlling" while her half-sister Samantha Markle regularly takes to social media to criticise her.

But speaking anonymously, the pals revealed the 37-year-old had tried to reach out to her 74-year-old dad after he pulled out of walking her down the aisle and gave a string of interviews with the press.

In the letter, the pregnant duchess reportedly wrote: "I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media."

Who is Thomas Markle?

Thomas W Markle, the father of the actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is of Dutch-Irish origin and is 74 years old.

He is a former television lighting director working on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital.

In 2011 he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series for his work on General Hospital, a long-running US soap.

When was Meghan's dad married to Doria Ragland?

Thomas Markle was married to Doria Ragland in 1979.

Following their marriage, the family settled down in The Valley, LA.

They divorced in 1987.

Meghan was six years old at the time.



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