Who are Meghan Markle's parents, are her mum and dad still together, will they go to the royal wedding and who are their children?

The actress' mum is also expected to attend the Royal Wedding. Here's all you need to know about the princess-to-be's family as the big day approaches.

Who is Thomas Markle?

Thomas W Markle, is the father of actress Meghan Markle and is of Dutch-Irish origin.

Born in 1945, he is a former television lighting director working on iconic US shows including Married with Children and General Hospital.

In 2011, Thomas won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series for his work on General Hospital, a long-running US soap.

Now, Thomas lives a quiet life in Mexico and filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

Who is Doria Ragland?

Mother-of-the-bride Doria lives in LA, where she works as a yoga instructor and psychotherapist.

She met Meghan's dad Thomas after he divorced his first wife Roslyn.

Doria was working as a temp at the television studios where Thomas was the lighting director for a soap opera.

They married in 1979 and Meghan was born two years later.

In her post engagement interview, Meghan said her mum was "so much fun".

Harry agreed, adding that Doria is "amazing".

Meghan has previously described her mum as a "free spirit".

She said: "She's (Doria) got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. We can have so much fun together, and yet. I'll still find so much solace in her support."

Are Meghan's parents still together?

No, they're not. Doria and Thomas divorced when Meghan was six.

As a teenager, Meghan told of her fractured relationship with her father in a candid home video.

Meghan confided in a pal about her difficult relationship with dad Thomas — saying: “We aren’t on the best of terms.”

The candid admission was caught on film as an 18-year-old Meghan and then best friend Ninaki Priddy filmed themselves driving around Los Angeles.

Will they attend the Royal Wedding?

Kensington Palace finally confirmed that both Thomas and Doria will be at the ceremony at Windsor Castle on May 19.

Thomas will walk his daughter up the aisle, despite previous speculation that Meghan's mum would be giving her away.

But Doria will also have a special role on the big day. she'll be accompanying Meghan to St George's Chapel at Windsor in the same car.

It's understood that Thomas will be waiting for Meghan at the church entrance.

Who are Harry's future in-laws?

Meghan's extended family has frequently been in the media spotlight ever since the couple announced their engagement.

One newspaper described the bride-to-be's step relatives as being "a motley collection of individuals who, between them, have a long record of boozing, bust-ups and bankruptcies".

Meghan has a half sister, Samantha Grant, also known as Samantha Markle, from Thomas' first marriage.

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.

Thomas Markle also had a son with his first wife. Thomas Markle Junior, 50, was arrested and charged in January 2017 for allegedly holding a gun to his girlfriend Darlene Blount's head during a drunken argument.

The charges were later dismissed and Markle apologised for his actions.

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