A SWEET image has emerged of Meghan Markle’s mum, Doria Ragland, carrying her as a baby.
And what is incredible is how IDENTICAL Meghan looked to her youthful mum – when they were a similar age in photos.
Doria Ragland beaming as she holds her new baby daughter Meghan Markle[/caption]
The Duchess’s mum – aged in her early 20s in the shot – could be twins with a young Meghan Markle just starting out on her path to fame.
Meghan has described her mum as a “free-spirited clinical therapist” and is proud she took her travelling to remote – often impoverished – places when she was younger.
She once said: “Both my parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot.”
The two women, pictured with Thomas Markle, look very similar[/caption]
A young Meghan Markle pictured with her lighting director dad[/caption]
Meghan describes her parents as “coming from little” but they were able to privately educate her in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.
Doria is African-American, while Meghan’s father is Dutch-Irish, and their difference in skin tone led to the family receiving racial abuse when she was younger.
The actress has said that because her mother is black with dreadlocks, and she passes as Caucasian, she often received hurtful comments about whether Doria was her real mum.
Meghan has described her mum as a ‘free-spirited’ clinical therapist[/caption]
Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, is Dutch-Irish[/caption]
Writing for Elle Magazine, she added: “Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.
“While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that.
“To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”
Meghan recalled how her mother was mistaken for the nanny before adding in an interview: “I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word. We were leaving a concert and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver.”
Meghan’s only relative at the wedding was her mum, after her father pulled out at the last minute[/caption]
Meghan’s only relative at the wedding was her mum, after her father pulled out at the last minute.
The mother of the bride rode with Meghan in the car to the venue, where finally revealed her dress.
The 61-year-old was born in Ohio, to parents who were a nurse and an antique dealer.
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After school she would work as a make-up artist, which is how she met Meghan’s dad, Thomas, who was a lighting director.
Doria then worked as an air stewardess, with Meghan looked after by her father, but the couple divorced in 1987.