Recently, the world was again set to a royal wedding fever after the announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. Their wedding will happen in spring 2018. The news sent euphoria to the social media world knowing Britain’s going to have a half-black princess. Aside from that fact, we’ve gathered some interesting things to know about Meghan.
1. Her first name isn’t Meghan.
Most people know her as the paralegal Rachel Zane on the USA drama Suits. Guess what? Her first name is actually Rachel but she chose her second name Meghan as her screen name.
2. She’s a Communications graduate.
The 36-year old actress finished college in 2003 at the Northwestern University. She had two majors: Theatre and International Relations. In an issue of Marie Claire 2013, she shared: “I knew I wanted to do acting but I hated the idea of being this cliché – a girl from LA who decides to be an actress. I wanted more than that, and I had always loved politics, so I ended up changing my major completely, and double-majoring in theatre and international relations.”
During her college years, she became a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority – a society for female students in US colleges.
3. She’s bi-racial.
Born to an African-American mother and a Dutch-Irish father, Rachel grew up being asked with the question “What are you?” almost all the time. She penned an article for Elle UK where she said: “To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.”
“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,” she added.
In Allure magazine’s April 2017 issue, she candidly talked about how Hollywood labelled her. “For castings, I was labeled ‘ethnically ambiguous.’ Was I Latina? Sephardic? Exotic Caucasian?”
4. She’s an advocate for women’s issues and a humanitarian.
Meghan isn’t just a typical celebrity. Instead of being always on red carpet shows and bright spotlights of Hollywood, she’s mostly seen in remote places all over the world. Growing up, Meghan said her mother opened her eyes to poverty. In a blog, she wrote: “My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities.”
An outspoken humanitarian, the future princess was appointed as Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. Since then, she has travelled to many countries for different campaigns like Clean Water, Gender Equality, and Women Education. Describing her passion for charity work, she says: “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches –I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose.”
5. She used to run a lifestyle website called The Tig.
Meghan loves writing and she launched an online publication in 2014 where she blogged about food, travel, fashion, and beauty. However, she ended the website earlier this year perhaps due to busy schedule. In her closing note, she wrote: “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun, and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see the world.’ Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again, you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything.”
6. She was a suitcase girl in Deal or No Deal.
While Meghan was trying to make a break in show business, she tried every opportunity there is including being a suitcase girl in the Howie Mandel-hosted TV game. In 2013, she told Esquire: “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet.”
“I would end up standing there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive 5-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.
7. She also worked as a professional calligrapher.
Among the things she did while auditioning was making beautiful handwritten notes for wedding invitations. She recalls: “Calligraphy was my pseudo-waitressing job. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding.” It looks like we might be expecting beautiful notes for her wedding as well.
8. Apparently, this won’t be her first marriage.
In 2011, Meghan got married to film producer Trevor Engelson in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The ceremony was held on September 10, 2011 in front of 102 guests. They began dating in 2004 and got engaged 6 years after.
Despite being in a relationship for a long time, the two divorced two years after being married. According to an insider, her role in Suits was to blame. The source said: “Meghan landed her role in Suits just a few months before they married.”
“Things started to fall apart not long after their wedding. They really battled with long distances. Trevor was based in LA while Meghan was in Toronto, a five-hour flight away. It was a very difficult way to start a married life.”