Pretty much famous and known as the Duchess of Sussex, Rachel Meghan Markle is a talented American former actress that has stolen the hearts of many, ever since she came onto the pangs of the silver screen in America.
is a member of the British royal family and an American former actress. Her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.
Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and international studies in 2003, she played small roles in several American television series. From 2011 to 2018, she portrayed a main character, Rachel Zane, on the legal drama series Suits. Meghan’s film credits include supporting roles in Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
When she announced her engagement to Prince Harry, she also announced her retirement from acting. Upon her marriage on May 19, 2018, she became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
|Name||Rachel Meghan Markle|
|Birthday Date||August 4, 1981|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Height||170 Cms (5 Feet 7 Inch)|
|Nationality||American (Before Marraige) Now British Citizen|
|Education||Immaculate Heart High School|
|Father||Thomas Markle Sr.|
|Siblings||Samantha Grant, Thomas Markle Jr.|
Was Meghan Markle baptised and confirmed before Marraige?
According to the Daily Mail Meghan was baptised and confirmed in the Church of England by the Archbishop of Canterbury in March at the Chapel Royal.
Before Marrying Prince Harry:
Quotes of Meghan Markle:
“I learned the art of saying ‘no.’ Everyone tells you to strike when the iron’s hot, which is hard not to get sucked into. There comes a time when we need to say, ‘I have to take some time for me.’ I came to a point where I didn’t feel like I had a moment to breathe, so I had to learn gradually to give myself some quietude.”
“While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”
“Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.”
“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.”
“My mom is a yoga instructor, 100 percent black with dreadlocks. And when people find out ‘that girl’ on ‘Suits’ is her daughter, there is often this disconnect and sometimes disbelief. It took me a long time to find myself.”
“’What are you?’ A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day. ‘Well,’ I say, as I begin the verbal dance I know all too well. ‘I’m an actress, a writer, the Editor-in-Chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook and a firm believer in handwritten notes.’”
“There are days where I’m stressed out and think: I have to hit my [yoga] mat. I need to work through my stuff and quiet my mind. The health benefits and all that other stuff comes afterward.”
“In [‘Suits’] … every script seemed to begin with Rachel enters wearing a towel and I said ‘No, I’m not doing it anymore, I’m not doing it.’ So I rang the creator and I was like, ‘It’s just gratuitous, we get it, we’ve already seen it once.’ So I think at a certain point you feel empowered enough to just say no.”
“It’s either ironic or apropos that in this world of not fitting in, and of harboring my emotions so tightly under my ethnically nondescript (and not so thick) skin, that I would decide to become an actress. There couldn’t possibly be a more label-driven industry than acting, seeing as every audition comes with a character breakdown. … But perhaps it is through this craft that I found my voice.”
Romance with Prince Harry
Previously best known for her role on the TV series Suits, Markle made international headlines when it was revealed in 2016 that she was seriously dating Prince Harry of Great Britain. The two met while Harry was attending the Invictus Games in Toronto, where Suits is filmed. Much speculation ensued about the direction of their romance, with Markle becoming the most Googled actress of 2016 as a result of the relationship. Yet some of the scrutiny was toxic, with Kensington Palace issuing a statement calling for the couple’s privacy to be respected and pointing out the indecency of racist and sexist online trolling directed at the actress.
On November 27, 2017, Markle and Prince Harry revealed that they had secretly gotten engaged earlier in the month. Among the congratulatory messages, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, said, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
A few weeks later, Kensington Palace announced that the royal wedding would take place May 19, 2018, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The news came shortly after Google’s announcement that Markle had topped the year-end rankings for most searched actress for the second year in a row, finishing only behind fired TV personality Matt Lauer for 2017’s most Googled person. On December 21, fans found another reason to hit their search engines with the release of the couple’s official portrait photographs.
In January 2018, it was confirmed that Markle was adhering to royal tradition by shutting down her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Through Kensington Palace, Markle said she was “grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years.”
On February 10, more details about the royal wedding emerged: After the marriage ceremony, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, the newlyweds will ride in a carriage along the High Street through Windsor Town, before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Later, following an afternoon break, Prince Charles will host a private evening reception.
Markle made headlines by breaking royal protocol — albeit in adorable fashion — during a visit to Birmingham on International Women’s Day in March 2018. Introduced to a 10-year-old student, who told the soon-to-be princess that she wanted to become an actress, Markle gave the girl a hug, violating the handshake-only rule in place for the royal family.
News soon leaked that the couple would not sign a prenuptial agreement before the big day, despite their hefty individual assets. Insiders pointed to the lack of prenup enforcement in U.K. courts, as well as Prince Harry’s steadfast belief that the marriage would be a lasting one.
In late March, it was reported that the duchess-to-be and her family would receive a specially designed coat of arms from Kensington Palace before the wedding. Markle’s father, a U.S. citizen residing in Mexico, reportedly needed to prove one of his ancestors was a subject of the Crown in order to receive his gift. Markle’s coat of arms was expected to be completed in time to feature on the souvenir program for the royal wedding, with elements from that design and Prince Harry’s to be incorporated into the coats of their future children.
On May 19, 2018, the couple married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. She wore a dress designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred Meghan with the title of Meghan, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.
Pre-Wedding Family Drama
On the eve of Meghan and Harry’s nuptials, a few members of Markle’s family became the subject of tabloid drama that unfolded on an almost daily basis.
Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., wrote a handwritten letter, warning Prince Harry, not to marry Meghan, describing her as a “jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage.” Clearly offended he wasn’t invited to the wedding, he added: “… To top it all off, she doesn’t invite her own family and instead invites complete strangers to the wedding. Who does that?” The letter was published in In Touch on May 2nd.
Shortly after, Markle’s father, Thomas Sr., who was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle, was caught allegedly staging photos of himself that showed him preparing for the big day. When the news broke, Markle’s father was so embarrassed, he told reporters he was rescinding his invitation.
If that weren’t enough, Markle’s half-sister, Samantha, publicly interjected in their father’s defense, claiming she was behind the staged photos because she had hoped it would put him in a good light. (Samantha, who was not invited to the wedding, is reportedly writing a book about her relationship with Meghan and has granted interviews on various TV shows, despite reports that claim she and Meghan were never close.)
Soon after, Thomas Sr. told the media he had recently suffered a heart attack and regretfully would not be going to the wedding.
However, after communicating with Meghan, Thomas Sr. quickly changed his mind the next day but ultimately had to return to the decision of not attending the wedding because he needed to undergo heart surgery.