Rachel Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a former social worker and yoga instructor living in View Park–Windsor Hills, California. Markle has often described having a very close friendship with her mother. Her father, Thomas Markle Sr. , who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, is a retired television director of photography and lighting director, whose profession resulted in his young daughter often visiting the set of Married. . . with Children. Markle's parents divorced when she was six years old. She has two older paternal half-siblings, Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr. , from whom she is reportedly estranged.