Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially engaged, it’s time to meet the parents.
Though her parents divorced when she was six, Markle’s parents Doria Radlan and Tom Markle seem to have a good relationship with their daughter, expressing their excitement about the engagement. “Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together,” the pair said in a joint statement.
But just who are Doria Radlan and Tom Markle, the American couple that raised the to-be royal in Los Angeles, California? Here, five quick things you need to know.
1. Doria is very active.
Though she works as a geriatric therapist during the day, Meghan’s mom is also yoga instructor. After Christmas 2016, the mother daughter duo were spotted leaving a yoga class in Toronto, where Meghan films Suits. Doria also ran the Los Angeles marathon earlier this year.
2. Doria and Meghan are very close.
In a 2017 article for Glamour, Markle called her mom her best friend. Radlan also accompanied her daughter to the Invictus Games. So it’s no surprise that, according to People, Prince Harry felt the need to ask permission from Markle’s mother for her hand in marriage.
3. Thomas works in show business, too.
Tom is an Emmy-award winning cinematographer and lighting designer who has worked on classic television shows like Married With Children and The Facts of Life
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4. Doria’s a “free spirit.”
In the same 2017 article with Glamour, Markle described her mother as a “free spirit” with dreadlocks and a nose ring.
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5. Thomas loves a good club sandwich.
Meghan posted an Instagram on Father’s Day 2016 thanking her father for her work ethic, her love of Busby Berkeley films and club sandwiches, and for teaching her the importance of a handwritten note.