By Now we have seen the wedding ceremony, seen the lovely pictures and perhaps watched it repeatedly, especially if you are a Europhile, but what about the claims that Meghan Markle being Jewish?
Is Meghan Markle, an American actress and wife of the British royal Prince Harry, a member of the tribe?
Stories in publications across the United States and United Kingdom have prompted the question. An article in the British tabloid Daily Express claims that Markle’s father is Jewish; Vanity Fair, Elle UK, Tablet and many others have cited the story, according to JTA.
Don’t start celebrating just yet, all these rumors are false. Markle, who is best known for her role on the USA Network drama “Suits,” was married to Jewish producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. As Tominey notes, the pair had a Jewish wedding in Jamaica (complete with a “Jewish chair dance,” meaning the hora). In other words, her ex-husband was Jewish. This is how rumors are started.
Markle’s father is Irish and her mother is African-American. She wrote an essay for Elle magazine in 2015 about her identity (it was subsequently published in Elle UK, one of the publications that has misstated her Jewish identity). The essay did not mention any Jewish ancestry or hint at a past conversion to Judaism, according to JTA.
Even though she is not Jewish, it rather cool to have a Royal Family member once get married in a Jewish ceremony, albeit not a very religious one.
Another interesting connection the Prince’s new wife has to Judaism, when Markle’s best friend Lindsay Roth got married in 2016, her wedding was a blend of Jewish tradition and Church of England customs, Markle was her best woman, according to The Forward.
Markle and Roth became best friends when they met at Northwestern University in a Toni Morrison literature class in their first year of college. Roth is a television producer who has worked for Larry King and wrote a novel, “What Pretty Girls Are Made Of” in 2015.
By Austin Myers