Meghan Markle: 7 things you didn't know about the Duchess of Sussex's Irish roots

Meghan Markle: 7 things you didn't know about the Duchess of Sussex's Irish roots

WHILE it's true that Meghan Markle is American born, a member of the British Royal Family, and spent much of her adult life in Canada, did you know that she has roots in Ireland?

Delving into her ancestral history, the Duchess of Sussex has quite the complicated background. Born to a white father and an African-American mother, everyone knows all about Markle's mixed-race heritage ... it's been mentioned a lot in the past few years.

She now lives with her husband Prince Harry and their two children, Archie and Lilibet, in her native California, but the Markles haven't always called America's west coast home.

So without further ado, here are seven things you didn't know about Meghan's Irish heritage:

She has roots in Galway and Belfast

Meghan's great-great-great-grandmother, Mary McCague, was brought up in Belfast, after being born in 1829 to Irish-Catholic parents in Co. Galway.

Her ancestor's Irish family disowned her

When Mary moved to London after marrying a British soldier named Thomas Bird, her family apparently disowned her because she had run away with a member of the imperial army, who weren't all that popular in the Emerald Isle at the time.

So controversial marriages to British men run in the family I see?

Her Irish relative worked for the British Royal Family

And she's got history with Harry's family too? This is getting weird...

After Mary moved to London with her husband Thomas, she found work as part of the household staff at Windsor Castle, serving Queen Victoria, Prince Harry's great-great-great-great-grandmother.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)

Her great-great-great-grandparents were married in Dublin

Mary and Thomas met in the Irish capital and were married in Donnybrook Church of Ireland in 1860, shortly before moving to London. Thomas signed the document with an 'X', indicating he could not write.

She is descended from Irish kings

Mary's maiden name, McCauge, derives from MacThaidhg or Mac Thaidhg, meaning 'son of Tadhg'. Now widespread as a surname in the province of Ulster, Tadhg was the brother of Connor O'Conor, King of Connacht.

Her family still registered as Irish Catholic after moving to Canada

Due to his role in the British forces, Thomas moved the family to Malta, and eventually on to Canada, shortly before his death at the age of 36.

Not long after, Mary married a Canadian man, with whom she had two daughters. But according to the local census at the time, the family was registered as Irish Catholic.

Archie and Lilibet qualify for Irish passports

Due to her fascinating ancestry, Meghan and Harry's children qualify for Irish passports. It isn't clear whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will decide to secure them, or whether they're even aware of the possibility, but Archie and Lilibet could well be citizens of Ireland one day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son, Archie