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Who are Meghan Markle's parents?

By Diane Cooke

Meghan Markle 's half-sister Samantha Grant was upset after Prince Harry said his fiancee was excited to spend Christmas with the "family she never had".

But now, Meghan's nephews and sister-in-law have all insisted that wasn't the case.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Meghan's nephew Tyler Dooley said: "I didn't take it the way some others took it.

"It was light-hearted, and they have a great family and she's not used to that.

"I don't think of it as negative.

Meghan's mum is Doria Radlan, a yoga instructor and social worker. She divorced Meghan's father Thomas when she was six, according to the Daily Mail.

Her mum's Facebook page states that she works in social work at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California.

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.

Her father, Thomas 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.

He was married to Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, in 1979 - but they divorced in 1988.

“He first met Prince Harry about six months ago out in Toronto,” Meghan's brother told the MailOnline in January 2017.

“He’s pretty happy about Harry and he’s extremely proud of her. They have an amazing relationship, they're very close and they always have been."

Meghan has said that because her mother is black with dreadlocks, and she passes as caucasian, she often came under fire growing up as people questioned whether her mother was in fact her biological mum.

She 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."

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 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."

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