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How Meghan Markle's estranged family have hit the headlines


Meghan Markle’s family have done their best to steal the spotlight off the royal bride-to-be ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry this weekend.

Never far from controversy, the extended Markle clan have hit the headlines over the past few months, using their new found fame to exploit the family name.

The future princess’ family are a mix of colourful characters that include a reformed alcoholic, a bishop, and even a cannabis farmer.

Some have even started arriving in the UK ahead of the nuptials this Saturday, as they prepare to give a round of media interviews about the marriage.

Here we look at some of Prince Harry’s future in laws that will soon be forever linked with the royal family:

 

Tracey Dooley, 52

The recovering alcoholic, who sells advertising was once married to Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr.

She was pictured arriving at Heathrow with her sons Tyler and Thomas, and are in the UK to conduct a round of interviews – even though she hasn’t seen Meghan for around 20 years. 

She is documenting her stay in London on a Facebook page ‘Royal Wedding with the Dooley Markles’ where she has uploaded a selection of pictures of famous landmarks.

Meghan Markle's nephew Tyler with Tracy

The recovering alcoholic (left, and right, with her son Tyler) sells advertising and was once married to Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr

The Dooleys arriving at London's Heathrow. From left to right: Tyler, his girlfriend Sandra Bazan, Tracy, and far right Thomas

The Dooleys arriving at London’s Heathrow. From left to right: Tyler, his girlfriend Sandra Bazan, Tracy, and far right Thomas

Tyler Dooley, 25

Tracey’s son Tyler is developing a strain of cannabis called ‘Markle’s Sparkle’ in the US state of Oregon, known for its relaxed drug laws. 

He considers himself a ‘pioneer’ in the legal production of the drug in California.

He claims to have last spoken to Meghan three years ago – and remembers her babysitting them when they were younger.

Tracey's son Tyler is developing a strain of cannabis called 'Markle's Sparkle' in the US state of Oregon, known for its relaxed drug laws

Tracey’s son Tyler is developing a strain of cannabis called ‘Markle’s Sparkle’ in the US state of Oregon, known for its relaxed drug laws

Tyler with his girlfriend Sandra Bazan

Tyler with his mother Tracy

Tyler with his girlfriend Sandra (left) and with his mother Tracy, right

Thomas Markle Jr, 50

Mr Markle Jr – Meghan’s estranged half brother – works as a jobbing glass fitter in Grants Pass, Oregon, and along with his girlfriend Darlene Blount, 37, spent time in prison recently. 

She allegedly assaulted her boyfriend on New Year’s Day, and  a year earlier he allegedly held a gun to her head. Both charges were dropped. 

He wrote a letter to Prince Harry describing Meghan as a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.’ 

Thomas Markle Jr (pictured) works as a jobbing glass fitter in Grants Pass, Oregon

Thomas Markle Jr (pictured) works as a jobbing glass fitter in Grants Pass, Oregon

Thomas Markle Jr

Mr Markle Jr (after he was arrested in January, left) wrote a letter to Prince Harry describing Meghan as a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage’

Thomas Jnr then grew up in the same household as his father, sister Samantha, step-mother Doria and half sister Meghan. 

Roslyn Markle, 72

Meghan’s stepmother was once married to Meghan’s father. She is the mother of Meghan’s two half siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Grant. 

Roslyn (nee Loveless) and Thomas Snr were both living in Chicago, Illinois, when they met and married – but split when their son was 10 in 1976. 

After the divorce, Roslyn moved with her two children to Albuquerque, New Mexico, while Thomas Sr relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in TV and film.

Roslyn – who does not speak to Samantha – also had another child, with son Bobby Lucero now 35. 

Thomas Markle, 73 

Meghan’s father was a workaholic who already had two children from his first marriage to Rosyln Loveless when he met Doria, Meghan’s mother.

He worked in showbusiness, winning awards for lighting direction, and won £560,000 on the lottery which allowed Meghan to be privately educated.

But he split with his wife and left LA for Mexico after declaring himself bankrupt with credit card debts of £24,180.

He now lives as a recluse in Rosarito in Mexico.

Meghan is pictured with her retired father Thomas Markle, 73, in her younger years

Meghan and her father Thomas

Meghan is pictured with her retired father Thomas Markle, 73, in her younger years

Mr Markle worked in showbusiness, winning awards for lighting direction

Mr Markle worked in showbusiness, winning awards for lighting direction

Samantha Markle, 53

Meghan’s half sister admits she hasn’t spoken to Meghan in almost a decade, but plans to release a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

She has launched a number of verbal attacks at Meghan, and hit out when it she wasn’t invited. She hasn’t seen her half sister for ten years. 

Samantha, a writer and counsellor who is based in Florida and sometimes uses the surname Grant, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.

Samantha, a writer and counsellor who is based in Florida, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008

Samantha, a writer and counsellor who is based in Florida, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008

Samantha Markle, who also uses the name Grant

Meghan with Samantha in 2008

Meghan’s half sister (left, and with Meghan in 2008, right) admits she hasn’t spoken to the bride-to-be in almost a decade, but plans to release a book called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister

Meghan's teenage niece Noel Rasmussen, 19, is estranged from her mother Samantha

Meghan’s teenage niece Noel Rasmussen, 19, is estranged from her mother Samantha

Noel Rasmussen, 19

Meghan’s teenage niece is estranged from her mother Samantha, and lives with her grandmother Roslyn Markle, Thomas’s first wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She has defended Meghan from attacks by her own mother, saying she has spent ‘years’ telling her how much she hates the future princess.

‘She wanted to be nice, to say how much she loves her sister – but after years of telling me and the rest of the family how much she hates Meghan and what a horrible woman Meghan is, which isn’t true.’

Michael Markle, 78 

Meghan’s uncle, retired diplomat Michael Markle, worked for the US Air Force and lives in Palm Bay, Florida.

He is Thomas Markle’s brother.

During his distinguished 19-year career, he worked in Ottawa, Bucharest, Berlin and Guam, and used his connections to help Meghan get a job at the US embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001.

He told The Mail on Sunday how he helped her get the position when she was just 20.

Frederick Markle

Thomas Markle’s other brother Fred, is a bishop. He is the leader at the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in the US, in Florida, where he goes under the name Bishop Dismas.

He is said to be a recluse and is rarely seen outside of the church, which used to have a congregation of around 40, but is now only attended by the Bishop himself.

 He is said to be a recluse and is rarely seen outside of the church, which used to have a congregation of around 40, but is now only attended by the Bishop himself

 He is said to be a recluse and is rarely seen outside of the church, which used to have a congregation of around 40, but is now only attended by the Bishop himself

Fred Markle is the leader at the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in the US, in Florida, where he goes under the name Bishop Dismas

Fred Markle is the leader at the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in the US, in Florida, where he goes under the name Bishop Dismas



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