On Dec. 23, 1979, Meghan Markle’s parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, tied the knot at a temple in Los Angeles (via India Today). Less than two years later, Meghan was born on Aug. 4, 1981 — but it wasn’t long after that joyous day that Meghan’s parents separated. According to Good Housekeeping, they called it quits when Meghan was 6 years old, when Meghan went to live with her mother.
Fortunately, Meghan was able to spend quality time with both of her parents; while she didn’t live full-time with her father, she got to spend time with him on set. He was a director of both lighting and photography on the raunchy sitcom Married… with Children. “Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married… with Children, which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up,” Meghan recalled in a chat with Esquire.
So even though her parents split up, Meghan had normal relationships with both of them, though it couldn’t have been an easy time for her when they split.