Meghan Markle’s Childhood Included a Hollywood Experience She Called ‘Perverse’

Meghan Markle was an actress before marrying Prince Harry and part of her childhood experience might just have inspired her career move. It was a little odd, but Markle grew up on a pretty interesting TV set, one she called a “perverse” place, given her age.

Meghan Markle grew up on married with children set
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Markle shared the story in an old talk show interview

During an interview on a 2013 episode of the Late Late Show, Markle shared with host Craig Ferguson the story of how she grew up on the set of the show Married With Children, which her father, Thomas, worked on as a lighting director.

She explained: “I grew up on the set of Married With Children. Every day after school for 10 years I was there.”

She admitted it was a “very perverse place for a little girl who went to Catholic school to grow up,” adding, “I am there in my school uniform, right? And then the guest stars would be Tracy Lords, Tia Carrere. These are some women… They watched me grow up.”

Her dad protected her from the show’s racy content

Markle did admit in a 2013 interview with Esquire that her dad wouldn’t let her watch the show, remarking: “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.”

She added: “I wasn’t allowed to watch it at home. I could watch the end credits so I could give the screen a kiss when I saw my dad’s name go by.”

Of the sexy guest stars who would come to film episodes, she remarked: “Just picture me with my curly hair and a gap in my teeth and my little school uniform with Keds on, looking up like, “Hi,” at these very, uh, provocative women. It was a big change from Immaculate Heart Catholic School.”

Married With Children star remembers Markle

During an appearance on Ellen, Modern Family star Ed O’Neill, when playing a game called ‘Who’s This,’ where he had to identify celebrities in photos, said of Markle, “By the way, she grew up on the set of Married With Children.” He added, “Did you know that? Her father was a camera operator.”

Markle’s father worked on Married With Children for 10 of the show’s 11 seasons, as a lighting director for the first season and then as the director of photography from seasons 2 through 10.

O’Neill recalled, “She used to come on the set in a little Catholic school uniform. She was like 9.”

Markle and her father had a falling out

Despite the closeness of coming to her father’ s workplace daily, Markle and Thomas’ relationship eventually became complicated. He was to walk his daughter down the aisle when she married Prince Harry, but it was discovered that he had staged paparazzi photos and then suffered a heart attack in the days before the wedding.

Meghan announced in a statement: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support.”