Rachel Meghan Markle is an American former actress. The 36 year old was born in Los Angeles, California, US. She previously had a 2 year long marriage with Trevor Engelson which lasted from 2011 to 2013. She is the only daughter to her mother Doria Regland an African American who divorced from her father Thomas Markle Jr. She holds a degree in theatre and international studies which she obtained from the North-western University in 2003. Her acting career made its debut in 2011 when she landed the leading character Rachel Zane on the legal drama series Suits. Her both parents were protestants.
Meghan’s mother is a descendant from African Americans who were enslaved in Georgia while her father is a descendant from Dutch, English and Irish settlers. Amongst her father’s ancestors is Mary Clifford who was a descendant of King Edward III of England, so Meghan has some royal bloodline history as well.
She once served an internship at the American embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina and also worked as a freelance calligrapher to support herself between early acting jobs. She has had smaller acting roles in some television shows including Century City (2004), The War at Home (2006) and CSI: NY (2006) before getting a major break in Suits. She also did a bit of modelling including featuring as a briefcase girl on popular US game show Deal or no Deal. She often had difficulties landing acting roles in 2015 she said
“I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”
She has also landed bigger movie roles including Get him to the Greek and Remember me in 2010 amongst a couple others.
Between 2104 and 2017 she owned and managed a lifestyle website, The Tig which featured the Tig Talk– a column that profiled successful women. The website was closed in April 2017. Markle also worked with Canadian clothing company Reitmans to release a line of women’s fashion work wear in 2016. In 2017 her total net worth was estimated at $5 million, which included income from her acting career and lifestyle blogging.
After her relationship and first marriage which ended in 2013. Meghan met and started dating Prince Harry in 2016; they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. Their relationship became public in October 2016. In January 2018 Meghan deleted her social media accounts and sent a thank you message to everyone who has been following her over the years.
In 2014 Meghan also attended and was a counsellor for international charity organisation One Young World, at a summit in Dublin, she spoke about gender equality and modern day slavery. That same year, she also travelled to Afghanistan and Spain as part of the United Service Organisation’s Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Holiday tour. In 2016 she became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and participated in the agency’s campaign to provide safe drinking clean water in Rwanda, she also travelled to India to raise awareness of issues concerning women. She made a publication for Time magazine concerning stigmatisation of women in regard to menstrual health and also worked with United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. She identifies as a feminist.
Owing to her marriage to Prince Harry who is 6th in line to the royal throne which took place on the 19th of May 2018 at the St George’s chapel, Windsor castle, Windsor, United Kingdom, she is now a Princess of the United Kingdom and the first duchess of Sussex.