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Thomas Markle

Thomas Markle is an American retired director of photography, cinematographer, and television lighting director from Pennsylvania. Moreover, Thomas Markle has also won a Daytime Emmy Award for his contribution as a lighting director in the American Television show “General Hospital“.

Early Life

Thomas Markle was born in Newport, Pennsylvania, the United States on July 18, 1944. Moreover, the director’s zodiac sign is Cancer and he is 79 years old as of 2023. His father’s name was Gordon Arnold Markle and his mother’s name was Doris May Rita. Additionally, his mother’s family was from New Hampshire and his father’s family claimed 18th-century origins from the Alsatian town of Lampertsloch, Hanau-Lichtenberg.

Furthermore, the director has two brothers named Frederick Markle and the late Michael Markle. The director holds American nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnic background. Furthermore, his real birth name is Thomas Wayne Markle.

Talking about Thomas Markle’s academic qualifications, there is not much detailed information regarding his educational life. Considering the director’s success and popularity, we can assume that he studied at a well-known University in his hometown.

Thomas Markle – Professional life

In the 1970s, Markle started his career by working as a lighting director at the WTTW-TV Channel 11. During his work as a lighting designer on the channel’s Made in Chicago program, he received a Chicago / Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence: Non-Performers in 1975. After that, he worked on the television series “General Hospital” and “Married… with Children”.

In addition, for his work at General Hospital in 1982, he was one of 14 co-recipients of a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence for a Daytime Drama Series. For his work on General Hospital, he and Vincent Steib received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series in 2011. Furthermore, he also received a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Awards for work on General Hospital on seven other occasions.

Thomas Markle

Caption: Thomas during an interview with Good Morning Britain (Source: HuffPost)

In 1986, he also received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Miniseries or a Special for the lighting design for the 58th Academy Awards. He made headlines, after the media speculation over whether he would attend his daughter Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. Due to heart surgery, he did not attend the wedding after being discharged from the hospital. Later, he claimed that there was no formal invitation for him to the wedding. Markle was engaged in a scandal in May 2018  just days before the wedding.

Moreover, the news media revealed that he had faked pictures for a paparazzi photographer in exchange for money. Later, he admitted to lying to Harry about the preplanned paparazzi and regretted his decision. He spoke on Good Morning Britain in June 2018, about his connection with Meghan and his son-in-law.


Thomas earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Excellence: Non-Performer in Chicago / Midwest in 1975. In 1982, he won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence. Additionally, he shared a Daytime Emmy Award with Vincent Steib, for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction in 2011.

Thomas Markle – Net Worth 2024

In 2016, Thomas Markle filed for bankruptcy due to poor money management and loans. Previously, he earned a decent amount of money from his career as a lighting director in Hollywood. Currently, he is living his life on a government pension. Moreover, her daughter Meghan Markle’s net worth is around $19 million US dollars.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Thomas with his daughter Meghan (Source: The Sun)

In 1963, Thomas met Roslyn Loveless at a University of Chicago on-campus party. Later, the director married the secretary and student Roslyn in 1964. Moreover, the director and the secretary had two children named Samantha and Thomas Markle Junior. However, the lighting director and the secretary separated and divorced in 1975.

On December 23, 1979, he married Doria Ragland in the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Hollywood, LA. Furthermore, the lighting director and Doria had a daughter named Rachel Megan Markle who later became the Duchess of Sussex. However, the lighting director and Doria ended their marriage by divorce in 1987 or 1988.

Thomas staged a paparazzi photographer in return for money in May 2018 and became part of a controversy. However, his daughter Samatha claimed that it was her idea and she wanted to show that her father was in shape and doing great healthy things. Additionally, he also provided evidence against his daughter in an ongoing legal battle between the paper and the Duchess.

Thomas Markle – Body Measurement

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Caption: Thomas Thomas’seasurement (Source: Hollywood Life)

Thomas Markle has brown eyes and gray-white hair with a height of 5 feet 7 inches and a weight of 88 Kg. Moreover, the director has the body measurements of 51-54-49.

Social media

Thomas Markle is not active on any kind of social media platform and likes to keep his personal life private.