Ms Perreau was a child star, appearing in 25 films by the age of 10, and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When she retired from acting she became a teacher at her old school, Immaculate Heart High school, an all-girls Catholic school in LA. The Duchess of Sussex attended the school at the time and performed in plays staged by the former actress.
Meghan’s father Thomas Markle – from whom she is now estranged – also used to help with these productions.
As an Emmy-award winner for the lighting on the TV show General Hospital, he was often called in to be the technical director of Meghan’s high school shows.
According to 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’, the majority of students at Immaculate Heart did not know who he was, referring to him as “that guy in the overalls” but the drama group called him Mr Markle.
Ms Perreau told royal biographer Andrew Morton that Thomas “liked to be thought of as gruff” but that he was always very generous.
She claimed he used to buy the girls’ McDonald’s if a rehearsal went on until late.
She added that he was “shy” and “modest”, never asking to be credited for the work he did on the shows.
Ms Perreau even admitted she had had a crush on the “burly” Thomas and asked him out.
The pair of them went to see a play at the Doolittle Theatre, the sound of Hollywood and Vine.
He said: “It was clear that her dysfunctional family background, the separation and subsequent divorce of her parents when she was still a youngster, were the concerns she grappled with.
“Like many children of divorced parents, she had learned to become a skilled diplomat, mediating between the warring parties.
“This nihilistic parental interaction taught Meghan a valuable lesson: how to control her emotions.”
A friend reportedly told the biographer: “She’s very poised. It could be hard for her.
“Sometimes she felt like she had to pick sides.”
More recently, Meghan has fallen out with her father, who has spoken to the press on a number of occasions about his daughter.
Both he and Meghan’s half-sister Samantha have implored the Duchess to get in touch after she allegedly cut them out of her life.
Neither were present at Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
In fact, the only member of Meghan’s family to attend was her mother Doria.
Thomas experienced a heart attack not long before the wedding day and was too unwell to travel.
However, he now claims that Meghan is giving him the silent treatment.