Megan Markle’s big break came in the hit US legal drama Suits as she plays the feisty and fiercely intelligent Rachel Zane. But now she’s got one of the biggest jobs of life coming up – joining the Royal family after she and Prince Harry got engaged…
Here are seven facts you didn’t know about Meghan! The future wife of Prince Harry:
She was a suitcase model on Deal or No Deal
I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose. I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down
She is a Calligrapher
Early in her career, Markle subsidized her acting with freelance calligraphy work, including writing the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding in 2005 (?!).
Megan is not her real name
Like a lot of actresses and stars, Meghan chose a different name to act as her stage name instead of her real one. Meghan is actually her middle name, with her full name being Rachel Meghan Markle.
Other stars who have adopted different names include Emma Stone (born Emily Stone), Katy Perry (real name Katherine Hudson) and Brad Pitt (who, like Meghan, adopted his middle name and is actually named William Bradley Pitt).
She has a degree in Communications
Meghan graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a degree in communications.
During her time at university, she was active in social secs and was also a member of sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Since completing her degree, she has admitted that she wouldn’t rule out a possible return to education to study for a master’s degree.
Her ex is making a comedy TV show about losing a wife to a royal
Markle was married to actor and producer Trevor Engleson from 2011 to 2013.
Engleson is now producing a comedy about a man who loses his wife to a prince. It’s ‘fictional’ – but the coincidence cannot be overlooked.
Prince Harry is not the first royal to marry a divorcee. Camilla Parker Bowles, married to Prince Charles, has also been married before.
She and Harry are distant cousins
Ralph Bowes, who was born in 1480 in Streatlam, County Durham, is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather to both Harry and Markle.
We’ll let that one slide.
She wrote to Hillary Clinton at age 11 to complain about sexism
The Telegraph reports Markle wrote to the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton to complain about a soap advertisement which suggested a woman’s place was the kitchen.
The manufacturer listened – and changed the ad.