Doesn’t it feel like the whole world simply can’t get enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? It always looks like everyone wants to hear what the couple has been up to. People are especially fascinated by her thanks to her Cinderella story. Even though she is now one of the most famous people globally, she was not always in the spotlight. There was a time when she was a regular kid who liked to eat popcorn and watch The Simpsons like her peers. If you can’t believe this, we are sure that the following photos will convince you. Let us take a walk down memory lane with the Duchess!
Baby Meghan And Her Father
For the longest time, Meghan Markle was close with her dad. How adorable is this photo of the two of them? Nowadays, Tom Markle spends his days in Baja California, Mexico. There was a time when he was active in the entertainment industry as well. You might not have known that he has brought home an Emmy for his previous work as a lighting director. We wonder if he had been the one who noticed the star potential of his daughter! He has worked on TV shows such as General Hospital and The Facts of Life in the past. He has since left the industry, however.
She Has Always Been Close With Her Family
Aww, we can’t help but swoon over this adorable group photo! Young Meghan Markle looks great in overalls. It seems like she was really close with the rest of the family as well. Perhaps this is the reason they had been so wary of how she was marrying into the royal family. In the first interview after their engagement, Meghan explained, “I’m sure at the onset, both my parents and my close friends were concerned because we got very quickly swept up in a media storm that was not part of my life before that, but they also had never seen me so happy.” Her family got quite the coverage around that time…
She Appeared On TV To Fight For Her Beliefs As A Child
Take a look at this photo, which was taken when she made one of her first TV appearances. It is amazing to hear her discuss social justice at the young age of 11. She talked about an Ivory dishwashing soap commercial that went “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” Right away, she knew that it was sexist. She wound up on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee after a letter-writing campaign that made the brand changed the line in the commercial. As you can see, she had already been passionate about these issues even when she was still very young! Isn’t that incredible?
Her Homecoming Photo Is Nothing Short Of Gorgeous
You probably have old-school dance photos that you do not want to look at ever again. It looks like this is not the case for Meghan Markle! Her homecoming dance photo shows us that she was already a beauty even in her teens. She was even voted queen, which means that this is not her first rodeo with the royal life. People who attended school with her said that this photo was shot at a dance hosted by their exclusive girls’ school. Boys were allowed to join them at the event, of course. It is pretty neat that she did not look even the slightest bit awkward in this photo! We would kill to be able to say the same.
Take A Peek At Her Childhood Years
You are looking at a photo of Meghan and her father yet again. It sounds like her dad Tom has lived a super colorful life. Meghan’s half-sibling Tom shared with the Daily Mail how their dad won the lottery a long time ago. “If Meg marries Harry, she’ll have won the lottery of life but dad winning the lottery helped us all,” he explained. He went on, “That money allowed Meg to go to the best schools and get the best training. Meg is someone who has always had laser focus. She knows what she wants, and she doesn’t stop until she gets it.” It turns out that their dad brought home $750,000 in winnings. Nice.
Little Meghan Spending Some Time At Home
This photo of little Meghan is much too adorable! Based on what we have since learned of her past, the family was already doing very well at this point. Her parents might have gotten a divorce when she had been six years old, but she at least got to go to a great elementary school. The Daily Mail said that other alumni of the school include Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland! Aside from that, Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse also grows the food that it feeds students. It must have been a nice time for her.
Baby Meghan Sitting On The Lap Of Her Sister
Here is a photo of Samantha Grant holding up Meghan Markle in 1982. The former is her half-sister and now resides in Ocala, Florida. They have an age difference of 17 years, so it is said that they had never been super close. However, we can see that there had been genuine affection and love between these half-siblings. Samantha even said that she was the one who taught Meghan how to walk! Sadly, they have not been in contact in a while. It is said that they are not currently on the best terms. Samantha has even said that she is writing a book about her sister called “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.”
Meghan Was All Smiles
We cannot handle this cute face! As a child, Meghan Markle was as kind as she is in this day and age. She has revealed that her parents would bring her to the hospice and bring meals to the patients. Aside from that, they also donated food on Thanksgiving. In the past, she has also visited Jamaica and other parts of the world with her mother to see how the locals live their life. We are sure that these trips have contributed to the person that she now is. It is not hard to understand how she has developed such a strong sense of compassion with an upbringing like that! We hope that she passes this on to her kids.
A Lovely Photo With Her Father
Many photos of Meghan and her dad from the past have surfaced in the past few years. This one was taken when they were a bit older. Her dad clearly rooted for her hard in the past. What did he have to say when news of the royal engagement came out? Well, he issued a joint statement with her mom. It said, “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy and passion for us parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
Little Meghan And Her Nephew
It looks like Meghan is close not only with her parents but also with the extended family. This photo of her and her nephew is proof of that. She has two half-siblings: Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Grant. Meghan and her brother are close, but it looks like this is not the case for her and her sister. Town & Country even said that Samantha called her younger sister a social climber who wanted to be a princess. As a matter of fact, she wants to release a tell-all memoir about what it was like to live with Meghan!
Just Snacking On Some Popcorn
Meghan Markle might be one of the most famous people in the world right now, but she likes a nice snack here and there. She happens to be a big fan of popcorn! You will have many glam photos of her out there, but we especially love this one because it makes her so relatable. She is just like everyone else. Of course, she did get much luckier in certain aspects of life. After all, not many people can say that the love of their life is a real prince. We doubt that she had any idea what life will have in store for her when this photo was taken. Hopefully, she still gets to eat as much popcorn as she wants.
She Was A Campus Cutie In College
It is not a secret that Meghan Markle is drop-dead gorgeous now, but she was a stunner even when she was still in college. She went to Northwestern University and took up a double major in international studies and theater. She was a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s sorority and appeared involved with other extracurricular activities such as the theater program. This makes a lot of sense since she made it big as an actress. In 2013, she shared this with Marie Claire: “I had always loved politics, so I ended up changing my major completely, and double-majoring in theater and international relations.” Wow!
Meghan With A Mystery Man A Long Time Ago
Even though we are not sure when this photograph was shot, we are sure that this was before her Suits days. Meghan Markle is seen cozying up with a man, who is believed to be the restaurant’s head waiter, where she celebrated her college graduation with her pals. She graduated from the School of Communication of Northwestern University in 2003. As an undergrad student, she started to take on big roles in various projects. Her big break came when she was cast in the legal drama in 2011.
Hanging Out With Her Friend
Isn’t this the cutest thing you have ever seen? A lot of people were already big fans of her back in high school. Some of her friends talked to People and shared how much they enjoyed attending school with the actress. Meghan Markle received a prom queen nomination but did not win. It might not matter much now, but her former classmates think it will work as an asset as she entered the royal family. Why is that? “She was a role model and was inspiring,” one of her old friends revealed. They went on, “With her [work with] the UN and philanthropic interests, their goals and ideals are in alignment.”
Baby Meghan On A Picnic With Her Mom
Most people had no idea that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged until a couple of weeks later. The rest of the world only got wind of it when they went public with the news. Her mother knew the entire time. As a matter of fact, Prince Harry allegedly asked for her blessing before he proposed to her daughter. “The royal, who announced his engagement to Meghan Markle on Monday, asked for her mother, Doria Ragland’s permission before popping the question,” said a tipster close to the lovely couple. Isn’t it nice that he thought to do such a thing? Obviously, Doria said yes to his plan!
Painting The Town Red With Her Pal
In 2003, Meghan Markle earned her degree from Northwestern University. She celebrated the event by going on a cross-country road trip with Ninaki Priddy, her close friend. They started the trip in Chicago and made their way to California. Check out this photo of them smiling at the camera. It was taken in Las Vegas when they spent a night on the strip. They both look feminine and stylish in their lovely dresses.
A Photo With Her Sorority Sisters
Meghan Markle might have been adored in high school, but it sounds like she was popular in college as well. Harvey Young was one of her professors back then. He shared with ABC what Meghan had been like in his class. He had nothing but good things to say about her. The professor even said that she is a great example of what one can achieve as long as you have the determination and work hard. “I taught her in a small, advanced undergraduate seminar,” he shared. “There were only eight students in the class. We sat in a circle. It was on contemporary black theater. She was one of those people that I would highlight for students. I would say. ‘This is a possibility. This is a path you can pursue if you work hard.’”
Another Photo From Her College Days
We are sure that Meghan Markle loved the company of her sorority sisters. There is no doubt that they also loved her! She was clearly a popular person on campus back then. It was also the time when she became a passionate activist. “In my memories of Meghan at Northwestern, she was very clear about the need to think about the experiences of people who are not only biracial but of people of color,” Harvey Young went on when ABC interviewed him. He shared, “She was mindful of the need for gender equality and the importance of championing for women’s rights.” We are so proud of her!
She Had Been Active In Her Sorority
During her time at Northwestern University, Meghan Markle joined a sorority called Kappa Kappa Gamma. You are looking at a photo taken in 2003. If you ask us, this really shows just how beautiful she has always been. This was taken during her senior year at the university at the age of 21. She earned a double degree in international relations and theater. We all know that Prince Harry was a party animal back in the day, but she liked a good party as well back then! It is said that she would get into clubs using a fake ID back then. A former classmate revealed, “Meghan had a fake ID during her time at university and told us about it when she visited the campus in 2014. She said she used it to drink at The Keg, which was a popular student bar for years, and she also got a job at a club in the city.”
Calling Herself A Brash American
Meghan Markle has once called herself a “brash American,” but this was likely a source of tension in the royal family. There is a good chance that Prince Harry will not become king since he is pretty far down the succession line. Despite this, it must not sit right with the British public that an American is now a part of the royal family. Aside from that, some people do not approve that she has been married in the past. We are sure that there are a lot of conservative folks who look down at her for this.
This Photo Foreshadowed Her Fate
At the age of 15, Meghan Markle went on a trip to Europe with her pal. The two teens visited a building that has since played a huge role in her life. We are talking about Buckingham Palace, of course. In the photo, the two girls had been resting on a railing in front of the place. This was taken in the summer of 1996. Ninaki Priddy, her friend, shared with The Daily Mail that she is “not shocked at all. It’s like she has been planning this all her life.” Meghan made her first official trip to Buckingham Palace in December 2017. The event in question had been a pre-Christmas dinner with the rest of the royal family.
She Has Been Practicing For This For Years
Some people can take this photo to mean that Meghan Markle has been practicing for the royal wedding all her life. She served as the flower girl at the wedding of an aunt back in 1986. She was as cute as can be in her lacy pastel pink dress and pearls. The bow in her hair ties the look together! You can see a tiny bouquet in her hand, as well as a smile on her face. She has enjoyed weddings ever since she was a little girl. We have to say that she looked great even back then!
Another Photo Of Her And Her Dad
Here is a candid photo of Meghan Markle and her father yet again. You can also see her half-brother in the frame. Tom actually talked to the Daily Mail after word got out about the royal engagement. He said that their dad was happy about the news and said that Prince Harry and Meghan were “very much in love.” Not only that, but Tom Jr. also said, “My dad knew about [the relationship] from the start. He first met Prince Harry about six months ago out in Toronto. He goes once every couple of months – they are very close, and they stay in close contact. He’s pretty happy about Harry, and he’s extremely proud of her. They have an amazing relationship, they’re very close, and they always have been.”
She Has Always Been A Daddy’s Girl
While they had been close in the past, Meghan Markle and her father had a right when she was around 18 years old or so. This came out after a friend shared a video of her while they were cruising around Los Angeles. As they approached where her father lived, Meghan said, “We aren’t going to go there. We’re about four minutes from my dad’s house…you can see the Hollywood sign. But we aren’t going to go there because my dad and I aren’t on the best of terms.” Luckily, they patched things up after that.
Getting To Know Stars In Her Youth
This photo shows a young Meghan Markle with her friends. In her youth, she met Ted McGinley, an actor best known for bringing Jefferson D’Arcy to life in Married with Children. It looks like the crew of young girls had been excited to meet the famous actor. The sitcom featured a semi-dysfunctional family played by the likes of Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal. Meghan has previously talked about how important family is: “His family has been so welcoming. I have [met several family members] on his mother’s side; it’s been essential to me too. The family has been great, and in the past year and a half, they’ve made me feel a part of, not just the institution, but of a part of the family.”
Her Passion For The Arts
Meghan Markle developed a passion for the arts when she was still young. In this photo, you can see her with her classmates as they performed in a school production. Like everyone else, she also had to go through those cheesy programs. However, what makes her different is that she honed her craft and made a name for herself as an actress! We are sure that it was not easy for her to give this up when she became an official British royal family member. After all, it has always been her passion in life.
Her Time On Deal Or No Deal
It is not easy to make a name for yourself in Hollywood. Meghan Markle has taken on small roles, such as a briefcase model in Deal or No Deal! The game show involves contestants trying to look for the sweetest “deal” among all the briefcases held up by beauties like her. They would then reveal how much money is inside after it is chosen. She was in 34 episodes spread out over several years. When she spoke to Esquire, she revealed, “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet. I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on ‘Deal.’ It’s run the gamut. Definitely working on ‘Deal or No Deal’ was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing.”
Playing Sleeping Beauty On The Stage
This photo shows Meghan Markle in a college theater production. As we all know by now, the theater was one of her majors back then. Back then, she also honed a different skill that proved to be an asset as she tried to make it in Hollywood. Did you know that she is a calligrapher as well? She did freelance work in the craft during her early days as an actress. “I’ve always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well. What it evolved into was my pseudo-waitressing job when I was auditioning. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations, for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding,” she said.
Her Cameo In A Lot Like Love
She also appeared in A Lot Like Love, a 2005 movie that starred Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher. Meghan Markle shared the screen with the actor in a scene on an airplane, where the main characters meet. Even though it was a small role, she held the viewers’ attention in that particular scene. This is a true testament to her star power! After it came out that she was engaged to Prince Harry, she announced her retirement from Hollywood. She said, “I think what’s been so exciting [transitioning] out of my career and into, as you said, the causes I can focus even more energy on, very early out of the gate, [is that you] have a voice that people listen to, a lot of responsibility.”
She Is A Biracial Beauty
Meghan Markle has a pretty unique appearance, which can be traced back to her mixed ancestry. Thomas W. Markle, her father, has Irish heritage. On the other hand, Doria Ragland is African-American. Their daughter is proud of this and her multiculturalism. “I have come to embrace [my heritage],” she said, “to say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.” As you can see, she has always been the sort of person with solid convictions.
She Has Always Fought For Equality
So that you know, she has always been an advocate of equality as well! Meghan Markle has talked about how frustrating it is to edit her ethnic features to make her look more Caucasian. “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed, and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photoshoot,” Meghan shared. She went on to say, “For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.’”
Boasting Both Beauty And Brains
Her mother, just like Meghan Markle, values her education. Doria Ragland earned a college degree and went on to earn a master’s degree in social work. She is now a yoga instructor and therapist. We can see why her daughter followed in her footsteps! Meghan attended a couple of private schools in her youth and then went to the prestigious Northwestern University for her double degree in international studies and theatre. Besides that, she also served as an intern at the United States embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Without a doubt, she is a truly educated woman.
She Is An international Star
You could say that her international relations degree prepared her for life as a royal family member. Of course, we bet that Meghan Markle did not know that such a thing could even happen back then. This is the reason she worked hard to make it big in the acting industry. Some folks work as baristas or servers while they audition, but she used a unique skill to make ends meet. She paid the bills by working as a freelance calligrapher for a little while! Do you think this came in handy in her royal duties?
How To Stay Stylish On The Cheap
Her list of talents does not end there either. Meghan Markle also started a fashion line of her own. The best part was how affordable the products were. She talked about how hard it is to make something out of yourself in Hollywood and how she wants affordable but stylish clothes. “I was not a girl who grew up buying $100 candles,” she said. “I was the girl who ran out of gas on her way to an audition.” She went on, “I’m deeply and passionately involved in the design process. I’m a brash American, and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say.”
She Is A Feminist
We are not at all surprised to hear that she identifies as a feminist. She has talked about the topic at length in the past. Meghan Markle has also addressed people who criticized her for her career choice. “You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women,” she said. She is a woman with beauty and brains! If you ask us, she was a clear asset to the British royal family, but many people disagreed. The royals allegedly disapprove of some of her racier work.
Women Deserve To Be In Politics
Meghan Markle has also talked about the need for a stronger female presence in the field of politics. “Women need a seat at the table,” she said. “They need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.” She continued, “Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for OUR voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.”
Not The Only American Actress To Be A Royal
The truth is that Meghan Markle is not the only American actress who became a royal. In the ‘50s, a Hollywood star called Grace Kelly took the world by storm. She left the scene after she got married to Prince Rainer and became the princess of Monaco. Her beauty made the prince fell in love with her. Like her, Meghan left the acting industry and even deleted her blog and social media pages.
The Responsibility That Comes With Fame
Some folks expected Meghan Markle to focus her attention on philanthropy instead. After all, she has used her celebrity status to bring attention to various causes in the past. She has also said that it is her responsibility to do some good in the world with her platform. “With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility—to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through the glass ceiling,” she went on, “and, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.”
Her Birth Name
Meghan Markle’s name rolls off the tongue quite smoothly, but her birth name is a little less perfect. Her parents actually named her Rachel Meghan Markle, although she ended up dropping her first name. She made the right call because the alliteration works better. Her dad is very familiar with the world of show business as well. As a lighting director in the past, his daughter spent some time on the set of Married… With Children. This experience inspired her to try her luck in Hollywood as well. She had big shoes to fill as her dad is an Emmy Award winner! Luckily, she surpassed all expectations.
Her Family Is Quite Controversial
Her family does not have the cleanest record, however. Her half-brother Tom Jr. has previously found himself in hot water with the law. Now in his fifties, he once got into a fight while he was drunk. They charged him with “menacing, pointing a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.” Tracy Dooley, his ex-wife, said that he is supportive of Meghan Markle. She revealed, “I don’t want this to be embarrassing for Meghan. Tom has had a little fame and publicity since Meghan started dating Prince Harry. He wants what’s best for her. He is so happy and proud of her.”
There Is A Lot Of Family Drama
Reports say that Meghan Markle is not on the best terms with the paternal side of her family. It is a good thing that a lot of them support her. “I think it is wonderful,” her half-brother said about the relationship between her and Prince Harry. “As long as he takes care of and loves Meg, he doesn’t have to do anything else – although I would like to shake his hand.” Sadly, this is not a unanimous sentiment in the family. Her half-sister Samantha Grant has multiple sclerosis and claims that their younger sister has chosen to distance herself after the illness landed her in a wheelchair.
Her Evil Sister
There is a rumor that she will publish a tell-all book to shed some light on who Meghan Markle allegedly is. Samantha Grant has called her younger half-sister a “shallow social climber” who had her eye on meeting him and becoming a royal family member. She said that Meghan only pretends to care about poor women because it will bring her more publicity. On the other hand, Thomas Markle Sr. has said that he is proud of Meghan and has met Prince Harry early on. This signifies that the couple had been serious about each other not long after they started going out.
She Has A Scandalous Niece Too
It looks like Meghan Markle has a rather colorful family. People found out that her niece is a Satanist and Nazi sympathizer. The worst part is that she went as far as to change her name to Hitler. In a hand-written letter, she said that she sold her soul to the devil and called herself the leader of her Nazi organization. “This could be the breaking point for Harry,” a tipster shared with Radar. They added, “There’s absolutely no way he can associate himself with Meghan’s family after this. It’s extremely troubling and puts their whole relationship in Jeopardy!” That does sound quite troubling.
One More Thing To Get Worried About
There was a time when someone stole her clothes while she was taking a shower at a campground! Meghan Markle was left with no choice but to run after the culprit. We are sure that it had been a mortifying moment for her. “I was at a campground when this teenage boy thought it’d be funny to steal my clothes while I was taking a shower,” she narrated. “I had to chase him practically naked. It occurred to me that if Suits ever ended up playing there, he’d have a pretty embarrassing story to tell.” We bet that she is just glad that camera phones had not been easily accessible yet in those days. Whew.
History Really Does Repeat Itself
Do you know how the current succession to the throne came to be? King George VI, his great-granddad, earned the throne after his brother abdicated. King Edward VIII stepped down to marry an American divorcee by the name of Wallis Simpson. The public did not approve of the couple and said that a divorced woman would not be a suitable queen consort. It is not likely that Meghan Markle would be a queen since Prince Harry is far down the succession line. There is still his father, his brother, nephews, and nieces. At any rate, it is interesting to hear that there is a historical precedent against her.
Sharing The News Of Their Engagement
The whole world found out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged on November 27, 2017. Clarence House released a statement to acknowledge the engagement. It said, “His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty the Queen and other close members of his family.” Their royal wedding took place in the spring of 2018. Not long after the news came out, someone asked Prince Harry how he knew that Meghan Markle was “the one” for him. He said, “When did I know she was the one? The very first time we met.” How sweet is that!?
Her Engagement Ring Comes With Diamonds Owned By Diana
Prince Harry showed us that he was a true royal by presenting Meghan Markle with a huge diamond engagement ring. While looking for the perfect ring, he opted for something different from what his brother picked out for Kate Middleton. You see, Price Harry designed it himself! It has since become a trend. He picked a trilogy ring that looks like it has a cushion cut diamond with 2.5 carats set in gold. A geologist named Grant Mobley, who is also the director of a leading diamantaire, said that it is worth around £122,500 or $164,000. What makes it priceless is that it has diamonds owned by his mom!
She Is A True L.A. Woman
Meghan Markle had been residing in Los Angeles before she met Prince Harry. At the time, she had been a lead actress on a hit TV show called Suits. Before she earned her big break, she took on a few small movie roles as well. For the longest time, she had been passionate about arts and crafts. It was a good thing that she got to hone her passion in college. We are sure that her skills and talents will prove handy in the future. It is not easy to be a part of the royal family, so she needs to show everyone a brave face no matter what.
A Big Fan Of Dogs
Did you know that she is also a fur mama? Meghan Markle has two dogs, a Beagle and a black Labrador. They are called Guy and Pula, respectively. She believes in the “adopt don’t shop”’ sentiment. She first adopted a Bogart dog, but he was too old to be transported to the United Kingdom. This is the reason she opted to leave him behind with her friends in Canada. Jason Knauf, the Communications Secretary of Prince Harry, issued a statement that read, “Bogart is now living with excellent friends, and Guy is now in the UK. Bogart is not coming.” We are sure that this had not been easy on her.
Her Athletic Best Friend
Meghan Markle spent a significant amount of time in Hollywood, so it is only natural for her to have many celebrity friends. This includes the likes of Priyanka Chopra and Serena Williams. Check out this photo of them at a sports match. The tennis player welcomed a child with her husband Alex Ohanian not too long ago. Prince Harry talked about his plans to start a family with Meghan as well. In the first joint interview of the couple, he said, “But I think eventually one step at a time, and we’ll start a family shortly.” As we all know, the couple now has a son called Archie. Another baby is also on the way!
Between Meghan Markle and Her Mother
On the topic of family, take a look at this photo of Meghan Markle and her mother. Doria Ragland is a social worker and yoga instructor. In the past, Meghan has talked about the injustices that her mother has gone through because of her skin color. “I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word. We were leaving a concert, and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver,” she said. She also talked about how important it is to embrace both sides: “While my mixed heritage may have created a grey 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.” What a brave thing to do!
She Also Has A Silly Side
She might now be a member of the royal family, but Meghan Markle has her silly side as well. In 2016, she took to Instagram to share this photo of her and Markus Anderson. Her friend serves as the director of an elite club called The Soho House. Even though it is believed that a woman introduced Meghan and Harry, Markus may have been the one to set them up. He has been friends with her for a long time and allegedly introduced her to the royal at the Invictus Games, Prince Harry organizes.
Her Yoga Practice
We already know that her mother is a yoga instructor, so it is not shocking to hear that Meghan Markle has also taken it up. When she spoke to Best Health, she talked about how she stayed in shape and shared, “Yoga is my thing.” Credit goes to her mother, who introduced it to her when she was still a child. It has been a huge part of her life since then. She also told Women’s Health UK, “that practice is in my blood.” She said that she had reaped great benefits from yoga. “There are so many benefits that come with the practice of yoga… increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety, and better sleep,” she expounded further.
A Beautiful Maid Of Honor
In 2016, Meghan Markle shared this photo on Instagram. It shows her as the maid-of-honor at the wedding of her friend Lindsay. While she has previously been married to Trevor Engelson, things did not work out for them. We are glad that she got a second shot at marriage! They say that your wedding day is the most special day of your life, but we are sure that it was more magical for her the second time around. After all, she was getting married to a prince! Her sister has similarities to that of Wallis Simpson, who got married to King Edward in 1937. As you already know, however, he abdicated to do this. The couple stayed together until he passed away in 1972.
A Charitable And Generous Royal
Even before word got out about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, she was doing charity work already. She went to Rwanda with World Vision, which aims to eradicate injustice and poverty among kids worldwide. She left the acting world after the royal wedding and hoped to focus more on philanthropy. We all know that her husband is big on charity work as well. He must have gotten this from his late mom! Princess Diana is famous for her good heart and charitable efforts. We are sure that their passion for helping other people made the couple bond even more.
Her Celebrity Best Friend
Here is a photo of Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for an interview after the proposal’s announcement, they revealed that a mutual friend set them up. They did not reveal the identity of their pal, but they revealed that it was a “she.” People have speculated that it was actually Priyanka Chopra. Rumors were going around to be the maid-of-honor at the royal wedding, which we can take as a sign of their closeness. They must have bonded over the difficulties that women of color experience in such a challenging industry.
She Has Always Been A Cutie
Take a look at this school photo of little Meghan! She looks so sweet. You would not have guessed that this schoolgirl would dominate her princely husband. The claim is attributed to a “palm reading expert” that spoke to Express in February 2018. This person said that Meghan has a rare line in her palm that says she is very ambitious and willing to do anything if it means getting her way. This “psychic” went as far as to say that “she will be terrified of failure, very bossy and dominating by using charm, wit, and drama to get what she wants” from her husband. It might sound like a sweet deal to marry into the royal family, but there are many downsides as well. We think that we should all remember this before making claims that she married Prince Harry for the lifestyle and title that went with it.
Not As Independent As She Used To Be
Meghan Markle was already pretty popular in her own right, but she has blown up even more after her marriage to Prince Harry. She can no longer go anywhere without attracting attention. Even though she seems to prefer a private life, we doubt that this will be possible. Princess Diana knew this better than most. Meghan also needs to be escorted at all times in the name of her safety, which makes it hard.
Saying Goodbye To Her Acting Career
When she became linked to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle made the call to put a halt to her acting career. Even though she was already a famous actress by then, she wanted to focus on her royal duties. The members of the royal family do not have paid jobs apart from their royal roles. It would have been impossible to keep acting while working on those. Fans wonder if this is why they chose to step down.
No More Personal Social Media Accounts
In general, royal family members do not have personal accounts on social media. Meghan Markle even made the call to voluntarily delete her Instagram account and her blog called “The Tig.” She must have known that these could land her in hot water in the future. At any rate, she prefers to keep things on the down-low now. These days, the couple runs a joint account on Instagram and posts updates over there.
How Her Personal Style Has Changed
Meghan Markle is not given instructions on what to wear daily. However, there are guidelines to follow as a member of the royal family. They need to avoid certain colors and favor specific designers. Pants are generally seen as out of the question as well. She might not have adhered to the rules on a strict basis, but she did not have many choices in terms of certain styles. We will talk about that later.
Her Privacy Has Gone Down The Drain
After she married into the royal family, the press has been hounding her even more intensely. People have talked about both her past and present. She is unable to hide secrets, especially since she is always in the public eye. She has been subjected to both ridicule and praise. The couple has decided to step down from their royal duties due to the press attention, but we doubt that it will stop any time soon.
She Has Always Been Compared To Them
It is not a secret that Meghan Markle has big shoes to fill as a royal family member. She has to live up to the standards set by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton! People have been watching her every move ever since her relationship with Prince Harry was leaked. Everyone keeps comparing her to both her sister-in-law and late mother-in-law. This remains the case even after the couple has stepped down.
She Did Not Lose Her American Citizenship
After she got married to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle planned to give up her American citizenship. Of course, it would not feel right if a royal family member was officially a different country citizen. While she could have gone for dual citizenship, she planned to be an exclusively United Kingdom citizen. Now that the couple has moved away, she has retained her original citizenship. During her time across the pond, she had been on a visa.
Her Clothing Line Has Since Stopped Production
If you did not know, there was a time when Meghan Markle worked with a clothing line for Reitmans. The partnership ended when she assumed her royal role after her wedding. There is a slim chance that more clothes under the line will come out, so you should consider lucky if you got to buy any of them before that. In 2019, she revealed a new clothing collection for charity. It was part of her royal duties.
She Could Not Share Her Political Views
Meghan Markle has always been outspoken about social justice and activism. After she got married, she had to hold her tongue since royals could not talk about their political beliefs in the public eye. It is considered inappropriate and contradictory to the ideals of the country. When she stepped down from royal duties, she gave speeches and asked her fellow Americans to vote in the presidential race of 2020. It was one of her first political activities after leaving behind the “commoner” life.
The Custody Of Her Own Children
It sounds like a nightmare not to have custody of your own child. This is technically the case for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their son Archie was born into the British royal family, which means that Her Royal Highness has custody of him and all the other great-grandchildren. Marlene Koenig, a British royal family expert, said, “The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren.” This is a rule that has been in place since the reign of King George I back in the 1700s.
Royals Have To Give Up Garlic And Onions
It sounds like becoming a duchess involves saying goodbye to garlic and onion! You see, Queen Elizabeth II dislikes them so much that the entire family needs to abstain from them as well. Her Majesty is known to hate these ingredients since they result in bad breath. We are sure that she would rather not risk it when she is talking to a foreign dignitary. Do you think that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now indulge in recipes with these two ingredients?
No Such Thing As Personal Space
When she was a senior member of the British royal family, Meghan Markle was given personal bodyguards who followed her no matter where she went. She had to get used to less personal space after they announced the engagement, but it only went downhill from there. We are sure that things got even worse when the couple moved out of the United Kingdom to live in the United States. The media has not stopped hounding the couple, so they still need to rely on bodyguards’ services.
Her New Name After The Marriage
Meghan Markle had no choice but to bid goodbye to her Christian name and other nicknames when she became a part of the British royal family. You should ditch the casual introductions now that she has been dubbed Her Royal Highness (HRH), the Duchess of Sussex. To be specific, she now goes by Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. It is quite a mouthful! We wonder if she trips up saying her own name.