What exactly are Meghan Markle’s Southern California roots?
How many women and girls growing up in Southern California have dreamed of growing up to become a real life princess? Probably thousands.
How many of them grow up to become engaged to a British prince and make that dream happen for real? One.
The announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement sent the world into a frenzy and that includes intense scrutiny on the prince’s fiancee’s background. The world quickly found out that the “Suits” actress and philanthropist was born and raised in California.
But what exactly are her Southern California roots? Here’s what we’ve been able to find out.
Markle grew up in Los Angeles and her mother still lives in the View Park-Windsor Hills area, according to The Los Angeles Times. She does not live, as the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported last year, in Crenshaw.
Her parents met at a Hollywood studio in the 1970s where Thomas Markle was a lighting director and Doria Ragland was a temp. Her father now lives in Rosarito, south of the San Diego border with Mexico, and whether he would be attending the wedding or not has been a hot topic among international news outlets and tabloids.
The Daily Mail and others have been tracking his every move ahead of the royal wedding and even spotted him in San Diego.
As a teenager, she attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz.
Check out here high school yearbook photos here.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach or a few avocados,” she’s been quoted as writing on her former lifestyle blog, The Tig.
Last year, a quick search of her social media accounts — which have since been taken down — brought up plenty about California, despite her residence in Toronto, Canada, where “Suits” was filmed. That includd a tweet saying she loves “being a California girl.”
And she also had a tweet sharing the song “Going Back to Cali” by LL Cool J.
As “California girls” (and men) are known to do, her Instagram page was filled with photos taken in Los Angeles with frequent use of #LA and #homesweethome in the captions.
After the couple’s announcement, the Los Angeles Times asked locals what they thought of native’s royal engagement, and the answers where pretty characteristic of the home of Hollywood.
“It's L.A.,” one Los Feliz resident said. "The most beautiful and amazing people live and come from here, so it’s not surprising.”
Read more from the newspaper’s profile of Markle here.
On social media, many were rooting the Californian on.