Meghan Markle has suffered a heartbreaking loss during Prince Harry's visit to the UK...
And she has been left to come to terms with the tragic news on her own.
While also looking after their 2 small children.
It's an unbelievably difficult time for the duchess...
Who hasn't being in contact with her estranged fathers side of the family since 2018.
Here's the full story...
Now, despite their exit from the royal family, they're still one of the most famous couples in the world.
Headlines were made when the British Royal Family's Prince Harry announced his romance with the Suits actress, Meghan Markle.
It all started with a blind date...
via: GettyThe couple met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.
And their friend's hunch was apparently right...
Because the pair hit it off, and they immediately arranged to see each other again, eventually going on to have 2 more dates in London.
And, in 2017, after a couple of months of privacy...
The pair officially went public with their relationship.
Meghan was instantly catapulted into the royal spotlight.
via: GettyThough she was already pretty well known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, the California-born actress was thrown into levels of fame that she had never experienced before.
The world quickly became Meghan and Harry <em>obsessed</em>.
via: GettyAnd people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.
And, not ones to waste any time...
via: GettyThe couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.
And, not long after the wedding, the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some more exciting news...
via: GettyThey were expecting! On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.
And, on May 6th, 2019...
via: GettyArchie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.
They make for the <em>cutest</em> little family.
Meghan hasn't had the easiest time...
via: ShutterstockJoining the British royal family was never going to be an easy transition, given that a person has to give up their entire life in order to be a part of the monarchy. But Meghan's experience has been especially difficult.
Many dedicated royalists weren't happy to see an American woman of color in the monarchy...
via: Getty ImagesAnd many attacked the Duchess, slamming her as "fake," with some going as far as accusing her of breaking up the royal family entirely.
She has also been relentlessly attacked by the press...
To the point where Kensington Palace was forced to issue a statement, pleading for the press and the public alike to take a step back when it comes to their scathing reporting and bombardment of Meghan.
But in 2020, the couple seemingly had enough of the harassment and the criticism...
Because they announced that they would be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
They made the announcement on their joint Instagram page, Sussex Royal.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the post read.
The couple planned on providing a more "normal" upbringing for Archie at the time.
They announced they would be splitting their time between the U.K and North America.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
This was <em>huge</em> news...
But what many people have failed to take into consideration...
via: Getty ImagesIs how hard this whole experience must have been for Meghan - a new mother.
Fuel continued to be added to the fire.
via: Getty ImagesBetween being mom-shamed and slammed, Meghan truly can't catch a break.
But since her and Harry's drastic move to Los Angeles...
They seem to be settling much more into normal family life, and even welcomed their new baby daughter Lilibet into the world.
It is undeniable how easier their lives have become since stepping down from royal duties...
But now Meghan has received some heartbreaking news...
Michael Markle, the brother of the Duchess' estranged father Thomas Markle, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
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Meghan's uncle, known as Mike, was said to be a "lovely, gentle man" who was proud to have Meghan as his niece, though he was disappointed not to have met Prince Harry.
A source told The Sun: "Mike was a lovely, gentle, softly spoken old man.
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"He was always happy to be asked about Meghan, but whenever he spoke to anyone he mainly wanted to talk about his late wife - he loved her so much."
A source said Mike was "very proud" of Meghan, but wish he had the chance to meet Harry.
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They said: "He was quite well known in his community for being Meghan's uncle, and he would always stop for a chat to say how proud he was of her even though he didn't often agree with how she went about things.
"He would usually just chuckle and say, 'It's not every day you have a prince in the family, though, I suppose!'"
Mike lost contact with Meghan over the years, having become estranged from his niece in 2018, before the royal wedding.
A source said Mike "wasn't a fan how they'd iced out her dad."
The source continued: "I know he was disappointed not to be invited to the wedding - he knew that a lot of the family wouldn't be, but he held out hope that since he shaped her formative years by getting her that internship in Buenos Aires at the embassy, she might see fit to invite him.
"He wasn't well enough to travel even back then, but it would have been nice for him to know he was loved and appreciated by the niece he helped so much when she was just starting out."
Mike was equally upset when he wasn't invited to attend the wedding...
He said: "I thought I would [get an invitation], but anyhow, I didn't hear from her."
Despite being openly proud of Meghan, Mike recently branded her a "prima donna" and felt she had ditched her family after becoming a royal.
He said: "Meghan has climbed socially and left us behind — that's how I feel.
"I think that's what happens when you're 'underclass' and trying to rise above the reality of your situation."
In Meghan's earlier years, Mike helped secure her an internship as a junior press officer in the American embassy, as he worked as a U.S diplomat...
This was when Meghan was considering a career in international relations.
For more on the royal family, scroll on to read about Harry's latest trip to England...