Meghan’s former high school hosted a celebration in her honor on Tuesday, and the topic of conversation quickly turned to Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle, who was once a fixture at the school. He is now at the center of the unexpected drama surrounding the upcoming wedding after he said he will no longer be attending the wedding or walking his daughter down the aisle.
“Her dad was so good,” Christine Knudsen of Immaculate Heart High School (Meghan’s alma mater) told PEOPLE during the school celebration. “He voluntarily came over and helped with lighting. He was working on a TV show doing lighting. He did lighting for our plays and musicals. Even after Meghan graduated, he still came back. The kids all knew him as ‘Mr. Markle in the overalls.’ He always had overalls on.”
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The former lighting director on TV shows such as Married…With Children and General Hospital, was married to Meghan’s mother, yoga instructor Doria Ragland, until they divorced in the ’80s. When Meghan was a budding actress at Immaculate Heart school in L.A., her dad would help with the sets for plays.
“People would go, ‘That’s Meghan’s father?’ But he was a genuinely good, kind, loving man,” Knudsen added. “You could tell how much he loved his daughter and how proud he was of her. He just wanted to be here and help her do what she loved.”
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