MEGHAN MARKLE’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland got married in a very unusual place in 1979, has revealed a book.
The couple chose a Self-Realization Fellowship temple on Sunset Boulevard east of Hollywood for their ceremony. The Self-Realization Fellowship is a worldwide spiritual organization that spreads the word of the Indian yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda. According to the book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’ from 2018, the couple chose to get married there because Doria followed his teachings.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton said: “The location was Doria’s choice, the bride followed the teachings of Yogananda, a Hindu yoga guru who arrived in Boston in 1920 and preached a philosophy of breathing and meditation as part of the yoga routine for followers on their path to enlightenment. “
Famous followers of these teachings are Hollywood stars such as Mariel Hemingway and Linda Evenas, Apple founder Steve Jobs and former Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
According to Mr. Morton, the children of supporters of the Self-Realization Fellowship have the reputation of being open and curious.
Meghan, in turn, certainly accepted her mother’s love for yoga.
Doria and Thomas also married at an unusual time – on December 23.
Just two days before Christmas, this date is generally not very popular for weddings, with spring and summer as the best seasons.
Thomas wore a sports jacket and a buttoned shirt and Doria wore a white flowing dress with Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) flowers in her hair.
They took their vows in the presence of Brother Bhaktananda, who emphasized that “the pairing of the couple was for the highest common good and to achieve unity with God.”
Doria and Thomas have made many assumptions during their relationship.
For example, Doria must tolerate the “minor humiliation” of people in their predominantly white territory, assuming she was the babysitter of Meghan.
According to Mr. Morton, people would see her dark skin and Meghan’s relatively light skin and ask her where the baby’s mother lived.
Even in the temple, they seemed to look clear, Mr. Morton wrote: “Even in such an enlightened environment, a mixed marriage was still unusual.”
Unfortunately, the marriage did not last long – the couple divorced when Meghan was very young, but deterred from being divorced for five years.
The split was due to a number of factors, including Thomas’ work that kept him 80-90 hours a week.
Friends told the royal biographer Mr Morton that Thomas ‘constant criticism of Doria about small and large matters’ also affected their relationship.
After the breakup, Doria and Thomas shared the custody of Meghan.