Meghan Markle’s Closest Royal Ally Is a Surprising and Powerful Royal Family Member

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in May 2018, the union was met with loads of public criticism. Meghan is an American actress, she has been divorced, and she’s of mixed race. The criticism isn’t fair, but it’s a reality for the Duchess of Sussex.

Although many Brits certainly have a problem with this break from tradition, members of the royal family don’t appear to be bothered by it. And there is one family member who is surprisingly the Duchess of Sussex’s closest ally.

Meghan Markle is a self-made woman

Meghan Markle attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Before she joined the royal family, Meghan was her own woman. At 11 years old, she wrote a letter to various notables, including Hillary Clinton, about a sexist television advertisement. The ad showed women bogged down by greasy cookware, giving the impression that they belong in the kitchen. The wording of the ad was then changed as a result of her letter.

Meghan studied theater and international relations at Northwestern University and landed her first television role in an episode of General Hospital. She went on to act for the next several years, getting small guest roles on television shows including Century City, The War at Home, CSI: NY, Fringe, and game show Deal or No Deal. 

In 2011, she joined the cast of the USA Network series Suits. Her character, Rachel Zane, began as a paralegal but then became an attorney. She left the show right before her wedding.  

Meghan Markle has a complicated family life

Meghan was born Aug. 4, 1981, in Los Angeles to Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle. The two met on the set of the soap opera General Hospital where Markle was the lighting director and Ragland worked temporarily as a makeup artist.

Despite certain backlash caused by their racial differences, the couple married in 1979. They divorced when Meghan was only 6 years old and Ragland took their daughter to live with her.

During the time of the royal wedding, Markle tried to cause problems for his daughter. Although she and her father had apparently been close during her growing up years, her relationship with Prince Harry basically put an end to it.

Originally invited to the wedding, Markle tried to cash in on his daughter’s good fortune by selling photos of himself getting ready for the big day. When Meghan found out about it, he was so embarrassed, he rescinded his invitation.

Meghan’s half-sister stepped in and said it was her idea for him to do it, but that solved nothing. The duchess even wrote a letter to her father asking him to communicate directly with her and quit turning to the tabloids. 

Was Meghan Markle accepted into the royal family?

There was no outcry from the royal family when Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement — just the opposite actually. Prince Harry had been considered a bit of a “wild child” who was not living up to his older brother, Prince William.

The queen seemed to be pleased that her grandson was finally settling down with a person who appeared to have a good head on her shoulders. Queen Elizabeth even enlisted the help of her daughter-in-law Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, to aid Meghan in getting acclimated to royal life. 

Meghan Markle has support in her father-in-law

Prince Charles is very supportive of his children and their decisions. When it became clear that Meghan’s father would not be attending her wedding, Prince Harry asked his dad if he would do the honors and walk her down the aisle.

Prince Charles said, of course, he would. He welcomed the love of Prince Harry’s life with open arms and tried to make her feel a part of the family immediately. The two are now reported to have formed a bond and can often be seen sharing a laugh.

Prince Charles welcomed Meghan’s mother as well, and that’s a good thing since they now share a grandson. 

The two royals share a love of clean eating, they both like the countryside, and Prince Charles tries to help Meghan feel comfortable at royal functions. It appears Meghan lucked out in the father-in-law department.