As the world waits with bated breath for Prince Harry to finally walk down the aisle, a lot of curiosity surrounds the to-be newest member of the royal family: Meghan Markle. Almost overnight, the Suits actress has catapulted from television star fame to a global name. As the wedding date draws near.
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10. Meghan Markle was born in Los Angeles, California
Yes, that’s right. For those who didn’t know it yet, Meghan is an American by birth. A far cry from her paramour’s royal upbringing, the former TV actress spent most of her young life in Los Angeles and attended private schools before landing initial guest roles on TV back in 2004. Meghan Markle is in fact of African-American heritage and it is this knowledge that was met with a lot of hostility in the Britain. Prince Harry finally stepped up to his fiancée’s defence when he released a public statement condemning the racism and harassment she was facing and urged the public to accept Meghan for what she is.
9. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met on a blind date
In a move that seems straight out of a romantic movie, the Prince of Wales met the hot TV star on a blind date that was set up by a mutual friend. As the good-looking pair hit it off, they followed up with a series of whirlwind dates across the world which finally culminated into a royal proposal. Prince Harry admitted though that he had absolutely no idea that Markle was a TV star when he first met her and had never even heard of Suits. While the media is still in a frenzy trying to ascertain the name of this friend who has partly shaped the future of the British monarchy, the prince and his bride-to-be are fiercely protecting the person’s identity.
8. Meghan Markle was previously married to Trevor Engelson
Marrying Prince Harry will be Meghan’s second trip down the aisle and it is this fact that has earned her the maximum numbers of detractors in the press. The brunette beauty divorced former husband television producer Trevor Engelson in 2013 after a brief 2-year marriage. While the couple themselves kept the reason for their divorce ambiguous, stating ‘irreconcilable differences’, sources close to Markle have revealed the real reason for the divorce was that their long-distance relationship had begun to fall apart with her living in Canada and he, in the United States.
7. Meghan Markle once worked as a freelance calligrapher
Like most fellow actors, Meghan also did the odd job or two while trying to get a big break on the silver screen. One such job was a brief stint as a freelance wedding calligrapher. Markle was so good at her art that she even did the wedding calligraphy for music producer Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton. Till date, the former actress is known to send out personalized handwritten thank you notes to people she cares about. All we can say is, given Markle’s professional art background, the upcoming royal wedding cards will definitely be top notch.
6. One of Meghan’s closest friends is Serena Williams
Meghan and global tennis superstar Williams met back in 2014 at DIRECTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl and instantly became the best of buddies. They are so close that Meghan is in fact, known to fly across the world to cheer on Serena at her tennis matches and the two ladies constantly keep motivating and praising each other on social media sites. Though there were rumours of a friendship gone sour when Meghan missed Serena’s baby shower, sources close to the two have revealed that all is well. Indeed, Markle and Williams are sure giving the rest of us friendship goals to follow.
5. Meghan Markle’s city of residence is Toronto
While Meghan might hail from Los Angeles, her current residence is based out of Toronto, Canada where legal drama Suits is filmed. For years, the television beauty led a relatively inconspicuous life amidst the bustling population of the large city; however, everything has changed since the announcement of her betrothal to Prince Harry. Meghan’s formerly rented Canadian apartment is now on the property market and is expected to fetch a staggering price upwards of 1 million dollars.
4. Meghan Ran her own lifestyle blog called The Tig
For close to 3 years, Meghan ran her own food and lifestyle blog The Tig that brought out the connoisseur in her. In her own words, the blog was ‘a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty.’ The name Tig was taken from an American short form for the world famous Tignanello wine. In her blogs, Markle encouraged women to be independent and to travel freely, never be afraid to try something new, and to enjoy one’s own company.
3. Meghan Markle is an ambassador for World Vision Canada
Few know that the royal bride-to-be has long been actively involved in humanitarian efforts across the world. From volunteering in soup kitchens to helping raise awareness about gender equality, Meghan has proved that she is not just another pretty face. Meghan Markle has even travelled to Rwanda as an ambassador for World Vision Canada to help raise awareness about the impact of clean water among the locals. She visited schools and raised awareness about the need to provide equal education opportunities to girls. It is this fact that has raised comparisons between Markle and the late Princess Diana with some speculating that Meghan will go on to become the next ‘People’s Princess’.
2. Meghan Markle was a suitcase girl on Deal Or No Deal
Markle once revealed that to make ends meet, she had accepted an offer to work as one of the suitcase girls on the hit US TV show Deal Or No Deal. The stint on this show lasted for a year between 2006 to 2007 for Markle and she does not have too many fond memories of her time there. She once confessed that she had taken up the role as she was cash strapped and had to stand for hours on end wearing inexpensive stilettoes that would make her legs ache at the end of each day.
1. Markle’s first name is not Meghan, it is Rachel
Very few people in the world actually know that Meghan’s birth name is Rachel Meghan Markle. The TV star is known for playing attorney Rachel Zane on the legal drama Suits and her first name is something that she shares in real life with her onscreen character. The actress never revealed why she chose to go by her middle name on screen; however, it is now the name we will all always know her by.