Meghan Markle's Family Were Once Slaves, And One Was Servant At Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria probably would have never dreamed she'd have something in common with a mixed-race baby girl born in the American south in the mid-1800s. But as destiny would have it, the two would one day end up sharing a family lineage.

Meghan Markle's marriage to Prince Harry is somehow poetic in that it brings her family line full circle. It's inspirational.

The Daily Mail has examined Meghan Markle's family line, and it's a fascinating example of progress. On Meghan's mother's side, way back before the civil war, a slave woman with the wonderful name Mattie Turnipseed gave birth to Markle's great-great-grandmother on her mother's side.

The baby, named Claudie, was listed as 'mulatto', a cruel word for 'mixed race'.

Claudie had no way of knowing it when she was born, but her destiny was going to change thanks to the Civil War. Slavery was abolished and Claudie was the first in Markle's maternal line to be a free woman.

That doesn't mean life was easy, though. There were still generations of segregation, lynchings, and discrimination to endure. It was a start, though.

Meanwhile, on her father's side of the family, Markle is related to a poor Irish woman named Mary Bird (nee Smith) who is believed to have been a maid or kitchen worker at Windsor Castle. She’s listed on the 1856 castle role as M. Bird, and this was just before Mary married an English soldier and emigrated to America.

Mary Bird was Markle’s great-great-great-grandmother.

In a strange twist of fate, Markle married in that very palace.

Markle’s paternal line had many poor miners and cobblers throughout, and several members of the family fought in the Civil War in Lincoln’s army.

For years, both families struggled to survive and overcome poverty. By 1956, Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, was born.

She went on to become a mental health therapist and yoga teacher. She married Thomas Markle, Together, the two brought Rachel Meghan Markle into the world in 1981.

Another interesting connection the happy couple share in their family line is, believe it or not, a few drops of blood. You have to go some 15 generations back to find it, but genealogists have discovered that Prince Harry and fiancé Meghan might share a bloodline.

In the 15th century, an English landowner named Ralph Bowes had a son, George. George was part of the Bowes-Lyons family line. This connects Harry to them through the Queen Mother.

Bowes also had a daughter, Bridget, who is a direct bloodline leading to Meghan.

If this information is accurate, it would make Harry and Meghan cousins—very distant cousins, though, thankfully, with 15 generations between them. But it does prove one thing: royalty may be in Markle’s DNA, so she should be right at home with the title of the Duchess of Sussex.

Source: Daily Mail
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