As almost everyone in the whole world knows by now, Prince Harry got engaged with the American actress Rachel Meghan Markle at the beginning of November. The soon-to-be royal was born on August 4, 1981, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother Doria Ragland, who is a clinical therapist, is the one who introduced the 36-year-old to the Prince. Meghan’s father is a former TV lighting director and she has credited him as being a big influence on her acting career. As a young girl, she was sent to a private primary school – Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and then continued her studies in a prestigious, all-girl Catholic Immaculate Heart High School. Markle graduated from Northwestern University in Theatre and International Relations.
This article first appeared in the Daily Mail.
Rachel Meghan Markle pictured as a child with her father Thomas, who she said is “the most hardworking father you can imagine”
The soon-to-be royal is pictured aged 11 with her father Thomas and nephew Tyler Dooley
Meghan’s parents divorced when Meghan was just six-years-old. Meghan’s father who is Caucasian and of English and German descent has won two Emmys for his team’s work on General Hospital and her mother who is African-American has raised Meghan to be a global citizen.
The Suits actress has spoken of what a great example her parents set for her: when she was a child they used to buy turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving and her mother used to take her to visit slums in Jamaica, something Meghan said shaped who she is as a person.
In her high school yearbook, she is listed as Rachel Markle. Now, she is using her middle name, Meghan.
Markle was crowned school homecoming queen as a teenager
An interesting fact is that according to researchers of Meghan’s family tree, her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at the Royal Palaces back in 1856. Mary got married to an English soldier Thomas Bird, and after he died she took their three daughters to Canada, before finally settling in the US.
The soon-to-be royal pictured with her former classmates
This won’t be the first marriage for the 36-year-old who used to be married to producer Trevor Engelson with whom she lived in a cozy gated house just above LA’s Sunset Strip. However, the marriage didn’t last long and the couple separated in early 2013.
The 36-year-old pictured during a rehearsal for a baseball-themed comedy
Markle has also worked at the US Embassy in Argentina as she speaks fluent Spanish. She was also one of the models who hold the suitcases full of cash – on the US version of Deal or No Deal.
But, she first appeared on TV in an episode of General Hospital and the got cast in series such as CSI, 90210, Without A Trace and Castle.
The Suits actress also had three crucial roles in Hollywood films: Get Him To The Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses. In 2014 she launched her blog The Tig: Farewell, Darling to “reframe the beauty content to include think pieces about self-empowerment”.
After her roles in movies, she got a major role in the legal series Suits
Meghan portrayed paralegal Rachel Zane
Meghan is also a humanitarian who does charity work in places like Rwanda. When discussing balancing fame and humanitarian work the soon-to-be royal said: “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.”
She will be wearing a wedding dress in real life soon, as well
Talking about combining her glamorous lifestyle with her charity work, she has said: “While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, I choose them both because these worlds can, in fact, co-exist. And for me, they must.”
When asked to describe herself, Meghan, who also loves food and has her own clothing line, said: “actress, a writer, the Editor-in-Chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook, and a firm believer in handwritten notes”.
Prince Harry and Meghan pictured together
The big wedding is penciled in for May 2018. Talking about her relationship with Prince Harry, the actress said: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love”
The 38-year-old recently ended her blogging adventure, posting a message to her blog that read: “After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig.”
Megan is reportedly close to her ‘free-spirited’ mother and her ‘thoughtful, inspiring’ father. When it comes to the rest of Meghan’s family, one newspaper describing it as a “motley collection of individuals who, between them, have a long record of boozing, bust-ups and bankruptcies”
Talking about her relationship with her father, Miss Markle said:”It’s safe to say I have always been a daddy’s girl – he taught me how to fish, to appreciate Busby Berkeley films, write thank you notes, and spend my weekends in Little Tokyo eating chicken teriyaki with vegetable tempura.”
Markle also has a half-sister, Samantha Grant, who describes herself as a writer, a mental health counselor and a ‘blabbermouth’
She also has a half-brother, Thomas Markle Junior who has been bankrupt and divorced, also facing trial on gun charges
Meghan’s dad had another wife, Rosyln Markle who only has good things to say about Prince Harry’s wife-to-be: “Meghan is very pretty, very nice, very polished and very classy. I never hear anything but good about her from my son Thomas Jr.,” she said”