Wednesday 26 September 2018

'Daddy's Girl' Meghan Markle on her special bond with her father who encouraged her actress dreams

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch to commemorate Anzac Day on April 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch to commemorate Anzac Day on April 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, leaves after attending a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2018
Stephen Lawrence memorial service
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England
Britain's Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle attend The Queen's Birthday Party concert on the occassion of Her Majesty's 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John StillwellJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Invictus Games Reception at Australia House on April 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle departs after attending the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
It’s expected the royal children will be involved in the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Photo: Alexi Lubomirski

Laura Elston

Meghan Markle has written tenderly how her father Thomas invested "blood, sweat and tears" so she could pursue her dreams.

The former actress, who described herself as a daddy's girl, has in the past described Mr Markle as both thoughtful and inspiring.

The former TV lighting director, who lives a quiet life in Mexico, worked on shows such as hit sitcom Married ... With Children and popular US drama General Hospital.

He won two Emmys for his team's work on General Hospital and was nominated for countless others.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart after attending the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart after attending the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Ms Markle is his only child from his second marriage to Doria Ragland. He has two older children from his first marriage to Roslyn Markle.

He filed for bankruptcy in 2016 after reports that he failed to pay his debts.

Mr Markle, who is of Dutch and Irish descent, has been described by his soon-to-be royal daughter as hardworking and caring and believing in her "grand dream" of becoming an actress.

She has paid tribute previously to "the blood, sweat and tears this man (who came from so little in a small town of Pennsylvania, where Christmas stockings were filled with oranges, and dinners were potatoes and Spam) invested in my future so that I could grow up to have so much".

Ms Markle added: "It's safe to say I have always been a daddy's girl - he taught me how to fish, to appreciate Busby Berkeley films, write thank-you notes, and spend my weekends in Little Tokyo eating chicken teriyaki with vegetable tempura."

She recalled how one Christmas he created a Barbie family for her when they were only sold in sets of white dolls or black dolls.

Britain's Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle attend The Queen's Birthday Party concert on the occassion of Her Majesty's 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John StillwellJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle attend The Queen's Birthday Party concert on the occassion of Her Majesty's 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John StillwellJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images

Her new collection of dolls had "a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each colour. My dad had taken the sets apart and customised my family".

When Ms Markle was confronted with a tick-box form to fill in at school about her ethnicity and found she did not fit into just one category, she revealed: "My dad said words that will stay with me forever: 'Draw your own box.'"

Kensington Palace announced just over a week ago that Mr Markle was due to walk his daughter down the aisle.

"Ms Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion," Jason Knauf, the palace communications secretary said.

Meghan Markle attends the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, it emerged that Mr Markle allegedly co-operated with staged paparazzi photographs.

Ms Markle's half-sister has claimed she is to blame for the controversy.

Samantha Markle tweeted it was her idea that Mr Markle pose for what she described as "positive photos" in a bid to combat his "bad" portrayal in the press, but stated it was not done for money.

Mr Markle, who is feared to no longer be walking his daughter down the aisle, was meant to be flying to London this week.

He is due to meet the Queen and other members of the royal family, including his future son-in-law Prince Harry for the first time, before the wedding on Saturday.

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