Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

by brookie on February 2, 2018

Photo by kathclick /Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Rachel Meghan Markle

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1981

Ethnicity:
*father – German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French
*mother – African-American

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is an American actress, model, and humanitarian.

Duchess Meghan is the daughter of Doria Loyce (Ragland) and Thomas Wayne Markle, a lighting director who worked on Married… with Children. She is married to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Her father is white and her mother is black. A picture of Duchess Meghan with her father can be seen here. Pictures of Duchess Meghan with her mother can be seen here and here. More pictures of her family, specifically her mother’s side, can be seen here.

An essay Duchess Meghan composed about her biracial identity can be read here. She writes, among other things:

‘What are you?’ A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day… ‘Where are your parents from?’… While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio… I instead give them what they’re after: ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white.’…

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. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check ‘Other’, I simply say: ‘Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.’

She has also specified:

My mom is black and my dad is Dutch and Irish, so the texture of my hair is densely curly. I’ve been getting Brazilian blowouts for a couple of years.

Duchess Meghan’s Dutch ancestry is really Pennsylvania Dutch, the name for ethnic Germans who lived in Pennsylvania; her German ancestry includes Alsatian Germans. Her father also has a preponderance of English ancestry, with Colonial American roots going back to the 1600s, as well as some Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French, ancestry. Duchess Meghan and her husband Harry share a common ancestor in the 1500s; the details of this remote genealogical relation can be seen here.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandparents were/are both black, from African-American families.

Duchess Meghan has also said:

I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern (university) where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community… For castings, I was labelled ‘ethnically ambiguous’. Was I Latina? Sephardic (Jewish)? Exotic Caucasian?

Several web sites have stated that Duchess Meghan’s father is Jewish. This is not accurate. While her wedding to her first husband, producer Trevor Engelson, was Jewish or had Jewish elements, that is because Trevor is Jewish. It is possible that Duchess Meghan converted to Trevor’s faith, but there is no particular indication of this being the case. She joined the Church of England upon marrying Prince Harry.

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle (the son of Isaac Thomas Markel/Markle and Ruth Ann Arnold). Gordon was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was the son of George Benjamin McClellian Markle and Mary Jane Mangle/Mengle. Ruth was the daughter of Adam A. Arnold and Martha Jane “Mattie” Sykes.

Duchess Meghan has said:

I rarely saw my Grandma Markle, as she hailed from New Hampshire and spent much of her life in Pennsylvania and Florida…

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother was Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (the daughter of Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill). Doris was born in New Hampshire. Frederick was the son of George Sanders and Maria Belle Ellsworth. Gertrude was the daughter of George David Merrill and Mary Bird, who was born in Malta, to an English father and an Irish mother. Her family moved to Canada.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandfather was Alvin Azell/Azella Ragland (the son of Steven/Steve R. Ragland and Louise “Lois” Russell). Alvin was born in Tennessee, and was African-American. Steven was the son of Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland and Claudie/Claudia Ritchie/Richie. Lois was the daughter of James Cunagan Russell and Virginia Lee Betts/Bettes.

Duchess Meghan’s maternal grandmother was Jeanette Arnold (the daughter of James Arnold and Netty/Nettie Mae Allen). Jeanette was born in Ohio, and was African-American. Nettie was the daughter of Luther Hunter Allen and Gertrude Parks.

Sources: Family histories of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogies of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – http://gw.geneanet.org
https://www.geni.com
http://i.dailymail.co.uk
http://www.famechain.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com
https://1.bp.blogspot.com

Genealogy of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.dailyitem.com

Marriage announcement of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://www.newspapers.com

Marriage record of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandparents, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle and Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandfather, Gordon Arnold Markel/Markle, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Duchess Meghan’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.gamblinfamily.org
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Duchess Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Doris Mary/May Rita Sanders (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred George Sanders and Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill (focusing on her own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude May Merrill, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George David Merrill and Mary Bird, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information about Duchess Meghan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird’s, family – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Genealogies of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.famechain.com

Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-grandfather, Steven/Steve R. Ragland, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Duchess Meghan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Jeremiah/Jerrymiah/Jerry Miah Ragland – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Meghan’s maternal grandmother, Jeanette (Arnold) Johnson – https://www.familysearch.org

Meghan Markle

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Duchess Meghan’s father’s ancestry first documented on the internet by Follers (May 21, 2017)

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Multiethnicchick May 19, 2018 at 8:55 pm

Meghan Markle is mixed race and mostly white. The people calling her black are nothing more that racist one drop rule supporters who know nothing about race or physical anthropology. Meghan’s mom clearly isn’t 100% black and you’d be hard pressed to find a black american who is 100% black. Her mom looks about a quarter mixed. Either way, Meghan is not half and half. She’s probably only a third black. I would love for her to take an ancestry test.

andrew May 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm

new revision of her family tree or still the same?

follers May 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm

What? I was the first to put Markle’s father’s ancestry online a year ago (specifically as being ”her” ancestry), and it’s still the same. Her mother’s side hasn’t changed either.

andrew May 19, 2018 at 2:04 pm

What about her mother’s side, who was the first, you or DailyMail?

follers May 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Not me.

midori29 December 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Even though Meghan identifies as both black and white , half and half Meghan is outspoken and she regularly checks people who try to say she is not black. She tweeted this to a woman who kept calling her non-black.
Meghan response to a tweet below
“Similarly, in a 2014 tweet from a woman insisting that Markle wasn’t black, Markle responded, “my mom and I would certainly disagree.”

midori29 December 6, 2017 at 8:51 am
fuzzybear44 May 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

@Midori

Did meghan have a nosejob?

fuzzybear44 May 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm

okay maybe the nose changed as she got older. She looked like my sister when she was younger

midori29 December 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

You can see ALL of Meghans immediate black side of her family members in this thread. She has two black grandparents.

https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/meghan-markles-black-side-of-the-family-release-pics-and-share-their-thoughts.1341101/

Manila December 3, 2017 at 8:08 am

Link Trevor Engelson.

Manila May 19, 2018 at 6:42 am

Nettie’s middle name is Mae, and was the daughter of Luther Hunter Allen and Gertrude Parks. I can’t verify the authenticity of James’ parentage yet.

Genealogy of Meghan’s maternal grandmother, Jeanette (Arnold) Johnson – https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LYXM-CG4

Manila May 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

Please, check typo for Nettie’s middle name. Thanks.

Manila May 19, 2018 at 6:49 am

I’m not sure if this was James’: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LYXQ-FM1

It appears that their relationship is consanguineous. It’s too hard to verify because MooseRoots, which contains Ohio Birth Index, is long gone. :(

andrew December 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm

her father has also one distant French ancestor: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148764619#

andrew December 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm
follers December 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Yay, the 19th re-typing of the information about her paternal grandparents that I found first. How could we do without it linked to from this site?

What is the fraction of French?

andrew December 3, 2017 at 5:27 am
bablah December 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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