Slavery and beheading - The surprising family tree of Prince Harry's fiance Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has a very interesting family tree
Markle's paternal great-great-great-grandmother Mary Hussey Smith (Credit: Wikipedia)
Links to slavery
Prince Harry's family tree crosses paths with Meghan Markle's
Meghan Markle's own upbringing

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Amid all the good tidings and felicitations surrounding news of Meghan Markle's betrothal to Prince Harry, we've had the predictable carps from royalists who aren't happy with her breeding.

Some are peeved that one of the most well-bred people in the realm is marrying a woman of common blood. They reckon it's all a ruddy scandal, for some reason we can't quite fathom.

But a quick glance at Markle's backstory reveals she's no ordinary 'commoner'. In fact her background covers all corners of the spectrum of privilege, from the heights of royalty to the evil depths of slavery. So, if you thought the Royal Family was a bit stuffy and boring, Markle is sure to shake things up. 

The actress herself was born in Los Angeles, California in 1981. She was brought up there but now lives in Toronto, Canada due to being an actress in the smash-hit legal drama Suits. 

She's a divorcee, something which hasn't exactly gone down well with traditionalists, and she's a child of divorce herself; her parents split when she was just six years old and from then on she lived with her mother. Reports have suggested she is estranged from her half-sister Samantha Grant, who has also allegedly threatened to release a book about her called The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

It's all a far cry from the happy, unremarkable family of Kate Middleton, the last outsider to find herself under the forensic scrutiny of the royal commentators. 

But when you dig into the history of Markle's ancestors, you realise her own tale of family feuding is rather small beer. For her forebears, drawn from all across the world, have endured all manner of tumult, from beheadings in England in the Middle Ages (at the hands of Harry's own forefathers, no less) to the horrors of slavery in the deep south in pre-Civil War America. 

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