Here’s what you need to know: Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, is white, and her mother, Doria Radlan, is African American.
It was the late 1970s when her parents met, her father working as a lighting director for a soap opera and her mother working as a temp at the production studio.
The couple ended up getting married, and Radlan gave birth to Markle on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles.
Radlan earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and now works as a psychotherapist and yoga instructor.
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“You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other – and one half of myself over the other.” Markle said that her teacher told her to check the “Caucasian” box, “Because that’s how you look,” she wrote.