1. Her Name is Not Meghan
What’s in a name? Not much apparently because Meghan’s real name is actually Rachel! Rachel Meghan Markle, born in August of 1981. With an interest in theater and acting throughout her teenage years, Rachel took to professional acting, and shed her first name. And so became Meghan Markle!
2. She is American
Los Angeles, California native, Markle was born and raised in the heart of the city of angels. She was a student at the Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls private Catholic institution. Having an American in the English monarchy will definitely stir things up.
3. She Has a Degree
Upon attending Northwestern University after high school, Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and international studies. While working toward her degree, she took time to work in Argentina. As an undergraduate student at Northwestern, Markle was also a member of Greek life!
4. She’s Biracial
The daughter of a black mother and a Dutch-Irish father who met on the set of a TV show, Markle’s parents were as cute a romance as Meghan and Harry! Of her racial identity, Markle claimed “Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating,” she reflected. “While my mixed heritage may have created a gray 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”.
5. She’s an Actress
Best known for playing Rachel Zane on hit drama series “Suits” and Amy Jessup on the sci-fi series “Fringe”. Markle has also made appearances in 2010’s drama “Remember Me” and 2011’s hilarious “Horrible Bosses”. Meghan even used to be a case model on game show “Deal or No Deal”!
7. She’s a Humanitarian
When she is not studying or memorizing a script, Meghan Markle can be found dedicating her time to researching and providing clean water for those without it. She is also a representative for World Vision Canada, and One Young World, excellent organization that strive to make the world a cleaner, and better place for everyone. Markle additionally uses her off-time to speak out about modern-day injustices from gender inequality to political shortcomings.
7. This is her Second Marriage
The 36 year old had been previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson who worked on the set of Remember Me with Markle. Two two were rumored to have quietly wed in Jamaica in 2011, however in 2013, they called it quits.
8. She Met Harry on a Blind Date
Every girl wishes to meet her prince charming one day, but Markle had no idea what she was in for when she was set up on a blind date with the son of the late Princess Diana! Though the lot of their first encounter story remains a mystery, the two look peachy keen in love and we can’t wait for the wedding!