Meghan Markle's parents set to hit the limelight at her wedding to Harry: Her father and mother 'will both attend' ceremony at Windsor Castle
- Source has told MailOnline both of Meghan Markle's parents will be at ceremony
- Thomas Markle, who is 73, is understood to be currently living in Mexico
- He split with Megan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, 61, who lives in California
- They released joint statement saying they were 'incredibly happy' for the couple?
Thomas Markle, 73, who is currently understood to be living in Mexico, has yet to meet his future son-in-law but has spoken to him by phone, Miss Markle revealed yesterday.?
But he and ex-wife Doria Ragland, 61, who divorced in 1987 said they were 'incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry', in an official statement.
It continued: '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 both parents.
'We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future.'
It is not clear yet which role they will play and it is yet to be confirmed if Mr Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle at the ceremony in May next year at Windsor Castle.
Miss Markle, who was born Rachel Meghan Markle, is pictured as a child with father Thomas
Prince Harry has met his future wife's mother, who he described as 'amazing'.
Meghan Markle, in an interview yesterday, said: '.'Everybody was really happy. And he's talked to my dad a few times, hasn't been able to meet him just yet, but it's all been, it's all been worth every effort.'?
Miss Markle's father's whereabouts may be unclear, but her mother has known about her daughter's engagement for 'several weeks'.
Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland spent the weekend preparing for the announcement in a decidedly low-key fashion.
The 61-year-old yoga instructor was photographed exclusively by DailyMail.com at her green-painted home in Los Angeles's Windsor Hills neighborhood dressed down as she watered her plants.
But on Monday morning, after news of the engagement broke, a security detail could be seen outside the home.
The solo guard said that he was unable to answer questions as broadcasters including local television and the BBC arrived.
Meet Harry's future in-laws... and the rest of Meghan's family
Meghan Markle is close to her 'free-spirited' mother and her 'thoughtful, inspiring' father. The actress has written lovingly of her relationship with both.
But it is the star's extended family which has hit the headlines, with one newspaper describing it as a 'motley collection of individuals who, between them, have a long record of boozing, bust-ups and bankruptcies'.
From a gun crime arrest to a Twitter rant accusing the Suits actress of hypocrisy, Markle's step-relations have already proved controversial so far.
Here's a look at Prince Harry's future in-laws:
Doria Ragland joined her daughter and Harry to watch the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto in September
:: MOTHER: Doria Ragland
Miss Markle has described her mother as a 'free-spirited clinical therapist'.
Writing on her lifestyle blog, she told how her mother took her to visit the slums of Jamaica and to see poverty in Mexico when she was just 10.
'My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,' Miss Markle revealed.
Ms Ragland, who is African-American, met Miss Markle's father, Thomas Markle, on the set of the US soap General Hospital, where he worked as a lighting director when she was a temp in the studio.
'I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques,' Miss Markle wrote.
They divorced when Miss Markle was six. Although she lived with her mother in Los Angeles, Miss Markle also spent a great deal of time with her father.
Ms Ragland has worked at a day centre for adults with memory loss and as a yoga therapist.
Ms Ragland, who filed for bankruptcy in 2002, has kept her daughter's counsel despite the press interest.
She was mentioned in the Kensington Palace statement which attacked the media over its treatment of Markle, saying that her mother was 'having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door'.
Ms Ragland also joined her daughter and Harry to watch the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto in September.
Miss Markle is Thomas Markle's child from his second marriage to Doria Ragland
:: FATHER: Thomas Wayne Markle
Thomas Markle is a former TV lighting director who 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.
Miss 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 lives a quiet life in Mexico and filed for bankruptcy in 2016 after reports he failed to pay his debts.
Miss Markle is close to her father, who is of?English and German descent, and has described him as hardworking and caring and believing in her 'grand dream' of becoming an actress.
She has paid tribute 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'.
She 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
Her new collection of dolls had 'a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each color. My dad had taken the sets apart and customized my family'.
When Markle was confronted with a tick box form to fill in at school about her ethnicity and found she did not fit in to just one category, she revealed: 'My dad said words that will stay with me forever: 'Draw your own box'.'
Samantha Grant is Miss Markle's half sister from her father's first marriage
:: HALF SISTER: Samantha Grant
Samantha Grant - also known as Samantha Markle - describes herself as a writer, a mental health counsellor and a 'blabbermouth'.
She is Miss Markle's half sister from her father's first marriage. A one-time actress and model, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and uses a wheelchair.
Based in Florida, she is 17 years older than Markle and sells jewellery to raise money to fund the feature films she writes.
Twice-divorced, she has three children - Ashleigh, Christopher and Noelle.
Like her father, she filed for bankruptcy and is estranged from her mother Roslyn - Thomas Markle's first wife - and brother Thomas Jr.
Ms Grant has been an outspoken critic of Miss Markle since news of her relationship with Harry broke, describing her in interviews as a 'shallow social climber' and claiming she shunned her since making it in Hollywood.
'The royal family would be appalled by what she's done to her own family,' she said.
She said Markle had barely spoken to her she was diagnosed with MS nearly a decade ago. She later maintained she never made the critical comments of her half sibling.
Ms Grant claimed she raised Miss Markle for 12 years while she was growing up in California but her ex-husband, Scott Rasmussen, disputed this.
While she has described Markle as 'very beautiful and conservative, very real, very giving', she has also attacked her on Twitter for her lifestyle website The Tig, which Markle has since ended.
'There is so much more to focus on in the world than shoes and handbags,' she said, accusing Miss Markle of 'hypocrisy' for presenting herself as a humanitarian activist.
When Markle wrote an article for Time magazine about period poverty across the world for International Women's Day, Ms Grant retorted: 'But what did she donate to them to make real change come about? Money for toilets, maxi pads, or just a photo op?'
As rumours Harry was engaged to Markle mounted, Ms Grant, in a television interview with Good Morning Britain, denied there was a rift between her and the actress, describing her as 'absolutely lovely', 'very strong', very graceful' - and also 'very lively'.
She insisted she was not writing a 'slamming tell-all' book, but confirmed the work was called The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister.
Thomas Markle Junior, 50, has been bankrupt once and divorced twice
:: HALF BROTHER: Thomas Markle Junior
Thomas Markle Junior, 50, has been bankrupt once, divorced twice and faced trial on gun charges before the case was dropped.
The father-of-two lives in Grants Pass, Oregon, and works as a window fitter.
He was arrested in January 2017 for allegedly holding a gun to his girlfriend Darlene Blount's head during a drunken argument.
Charged with unlawful use of a dangerous weapon and menacing domestic violence, he faced jailed for up to five years if convicted. The charges were later dismissed. He apologised for his actions and said he was seeking help for his drinking problems.
Mr Markle Jr is not thought to be in contact with his famous half-sister but has given interviews about her and shared family photos with the media.
He claimed Harry had met his girlfriend's father Thomas, but older sister Samantha denied this, tweeting: 'My father hates Tom Jr. And will not talk with him. The articles are B.S. My dad has NOT met Harry.'
Thomas has two sons, Tyler and Thomas Markle III, with his ex-wife, florist Tracy Dooley, whom he divorced in 2001. His second marriage, to Iohannes Rawha, ended in 2009.
Rosyln Markle has been complimentary about Miss Markle
:: FATHER'S FIRST WIFE - Roslyn Markle
Rosyln Markle is Thomas Markle's first wife and mother to Samantha Grant and Thomas Jr
Roslyn has said of her estranged daughter: 'Everything she has said about Meghan is a lie.'
The 71-year-old lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been complimentary about Miss Markle.
'Meghan is very pretty, very nice, very polished and very classy. I never hear anything but good about her from my son Thomas (Jr),' she said.
She also has a younger son, Bobby Lucero.?
Low-key living: Meghan Markle's mom Doria Ragland spent the weekend preparing for her daughter's announcement in a decidedly low-key fashion outside her Los Angeles home
The 61-year-old yoga instructor has openly approved of her daughter's relationship with the British Royal, but has otherwise remained out of the spotlight?
Ms Ragland seemed calm and in good spirits following her daughter's bombshell announcement
Proud mom: Earlier on Monday, the mother of one (pictured entering her car over the weekend) made a joint statement with Meghan's father saying they 'are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry'
Mom on the go: Doria was dressed in black and shielded her eyes with dark shades as she left her home this weekend. Meghan is the only child of Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle
Later in the morning, a friend was seen arriving at the home and taking Doria's dog Sam for a walk but declined to comment on how Meghan's mother is doing.
She refused to give her name but did say she was planning to purchase groceries for Doria later yesterday afternoon.
Since news of the engagement broke, the 61-year-old's home has become the focus of a media scrum.
Meghan is the only child of Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, although the latter has two older children with his first wife Roslyn Loveless, now 72: Samantha Grant, 53, and Thomas Jr, 51.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com from her home in Albuquerque yesterday morning, Roslyn said of the engagement: 'That's absolutely wonderful news.
'I'm really happy for them and I hope they'll be happy together and have a great life.' Of the spring wedding date, Roslyn added: 'That will be so nice.'
VIP reception: TV crews were out in hope of a glimpse of Meghan Markle's proud mom but they had to put up with her pet dog getting a walk instead
Focus of interest: Local law enforcement took a trip past Doria Ragland's home as TV crews and photographers gatgered
?Once news broke about Prince Harry and Meghan's royal engagement,?a security detail was spotted outside her home on Monday?
The security guard, dressed in a black button shirt and jeans, handed out the statement already issued by Kensington Palace on behalf of Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle
Asked how she thinks Meghan will cope with the transition from actress to princess, the mother-of-two added: 'Meghan is very well educated.
'She's worked in a professional, public life forever. She's been in the TV industry forever. She's very well educated and she's had a lot of exposure to the public. She's going to be just fine.'
News of the engagement was announced by Clarence House Monday morning, with Prince Charles saying he was 'delighted' to reveal that Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will be married next year.
Royal Engagement: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally announced their engagement after weeks of fevered speculation on Monday. The royal couple made their first public appearance hours after breaking the news in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts', it was revealed today.
The couple chose the 'very special' venue because the prince and his fiancé had spent time there together during their 16-month romance and Harry spent long periods in the town with his Army regiment.
They have not revealed the exact date of their 'fun and joyful' televised wedding today but thanked millions of people around the world 'celebrating with them' since their engagement was announced yesterday.
American divorcee Meghan, a protestant who went to a catholic high school, will be baptised and confirmed before the spring ceremony, Kensington Palace said.
While you don't have to be baptised or confirmed to marry in a church but after the Archbishop of Canterbury gave his blessing it may be she has been asked to do this in return for marrying in a church.
Meghan will also be taking British citizenship to become a dual national before May, a process that usually takes years.
The couple have shunned a larger wedding at Westminster Abbey or St Paul's for a more intimate church service at St George's where his father had a blessing after marrying Camilla in the nearby Guildhall in 2005.
In choosing Windsor Castle and its chapel the Queen and Prince Philip can easily travel to the wedding of the year as it was revealed that the royal family will pay for the event, the music, the flowers and the reception.
It has also emerged today Meghan will not be continuing her work on gender with the UN or with other organisations, but instead will starting her charity work as a full-time royal afresh and touring the country
And the couple's first public engagement will be on Friday at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham.?
The princess-to-be showed off her ring, which was designed by Harry, using diamonds from his late mother's collection. The wedding is expected to take place in spring 2018, with May considered the likeliest date for the nuptials
Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle were seen together at the Invictus Games closing ceremonyInvictus Games in Toronto on September 30
Yesterday afternoon, the happy couple made their first official appearance together – standing side-by-side for a photo call in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
The garden was chosen because of its connection to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, who had adored it.
Meghan's engagement ring also has a connection with Diana and was designed by Harry, using two diamonds from the late princess' personal collection.
Speaking during the photo call, Harry said he is 'thrilled' to be marrying the Suits actress and 'knew she was the one' from 'the first day we met'.
A shyly smiling Meghan, dressed in a cream trench coat and black dress, added that she was 'so happy'.
The Queen is also understood to have given her blessing to the upcoming nuptials and is said to be 'delighted' by the news.
Earlier yesterday, Harry's older brother William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge released a statement of their own that read:
'We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.'
The wedding is expected to take place in spring 2018, with May considered the likeliest date for the nuptials.
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