The world was surprised when wild Prince Harry recently announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. When you are engaged a member of the British Royal family, especially one who is 5th in line to the throne, the world will want to know everything about you. Here, we let you in on some of the most surprising things that you probably don’t know about her.
In 2006, Meghan dressed in quite a skimpy outfit to pose as a ‘briefcase girl’ on the American version of Deal or No Deal. Would the queen approve?
In an interview when asked about her past she admitted she did not enjoy this job: “Definitely working on Deal Or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing. “So if that’s a way for me to gloss over that subject, then I will happily shift gears into something else.” Meghan added: “I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.”
Leaving Little To The Imagnation
As an actress on the hit American law drama Suits means that Markle leaves little to the imagination in some risqué scenes. The 35-year-old actress has been involved in a number of sex scenes that we think will make for interesting talk around the royal dinner table how about you? We wonder if Prince Charles watched the show?
Just like her beau, Meghan spends a lot of her spare time on humanitarian work. She has a particular passion for woman’s rights, which she has harbored since day one. At 11 years old, Markle was outraged at a sexist soap advert, so disgusted was she, that she wrote to Hillary Clinton to voice her objections!
Second Time Lucky
This will not be the first wedding for Markle. She actually married her longtime love, producer and talent manager, Trevor Engelson, in 2011. The pair had been dating since 2004, however, it turned sour quite quickly (good for harry.) The couple split in May 2013 and filed for divorce later that year in August. Well Prince Charles is on his second marriage so we think that it’s allowed.
Making Her Way To The Top
Her and her first husband married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in front of more than 100 family and friends. It’s said they partied for four days on the white-sand beaches, with The Sun reporting: “The ceremony was over very quickly, in about 15 minutes. Her next wedding will be quite different we imagine. Many have said that she used this relationship to cement herself in the acting world, with her husband directing big movies such as Remember Me which starred Robert Pattinson, and which Markle had a small role in.
The Man Hunt
Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California meaning that she is accustomed to “seeing people in sunglasses and flip-flops”, she told Esquiremagazine, “There’s something so romantic about a man in a scarf and a knitted hat”….and a crown obviously.
No Business Like Show Business
Markle was introduced to the world of television at a very young age. Her father used to take her on the set of Married…With Children, where he worked as the director of photography. She has since appeared in shows like 90210, Without A Trace and films like Horrible Bosses and Remember Me. Maybe a Markle movie night in the palace is on the cards.
Not Just A Pretty Face
Markle attended one of Chicago’s most prestigious universities, Northwestern University, where she graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. This will go down with Liz with think.
In pursuit of a career in Hollywood, many aspiring actors and actresses resort to waiting tables to get by while waiting for their big break. However, Meghan instead chose to focus on her calligraphy skills instead to make some money to pay her rent. She even did the calligraphy for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding.
Love At First Sight
Harry met Meghan at a charity event and reportedly sent her many messages afterward asking for a date until she caved. They went on several low key secret dates. However, many have noted that she was also dating Canadian chef Cory Vitiello at the same time, who she’d been with for two years.
Meghan has been nicknamed ‘Flower’ by her mother since she was a child, she also goes by ‘Meg’ and ‘MM’. We wonder if Harry ever refers to her as his flower? Or his petal?
Breaking The Silence
News of their relationship broke when Meghan posted a rather unsubtle image to her Instagram feed of her with a matching bracelet to that of Harry’s. Harry is known for giving his girlfriend’s bracelets to show his love for them, with both Chelsea Davy and Cressida Bonas he gave them beaded, leather bracelets. Good one Harry.
Harry threw caution to the wind when he released a letter confirming the relationship and asking for privacy. Many were quick to state that the royal family weren’t happy with the union and Harry was bashed in the media as a “hot-head”. However, Prince William stuck by his ‘lil bro when he released a statement saying: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
After months of staying out of the spotlight, the couple made a public debut in a big way at the Invictus Games. They both attended the opening ceremony, while sitting separately, but then teamed up to watch the wheelchair tennis match a couple days later. The couple held hands and whispered to one another, not hiding their PDA.
Meghan’s older half-sister spoke out about her to the Daily Mail, stating that she is nothing but a “social climber” who turned her back on her family. She went on to say, “The Royal Family would be appalled by what she’s done to her own family”…
The Truth Hurts
Her half-sister spoke out in an interview quite bitterly stating: “The truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry, he wouldn’t want to date her anymore because it puts her in a bad public light.” Could it possibly be a bit of jealousy? Hello she is going to part of the Royal family there could be a tad bit of animosity there.
In It For The Money
However, another family member came forward to state that her half-sister should be ignored and “just wants money – she has always demanded money from Meghan”. Gosh! You can’t choose your family, hey?! Will they be invited to royal events we wonder. Nothing like family to embarrass you in front of your in laws.
Vanity Fair Admits The Truth
Markle made a big statement of her own in the October issue of Vanity Fair speaking out for the very first time publicly about the relationship. Telling the haters: “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news,” she told the magazine. “And I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”
Hard To Find Roles
Markle told Elle magazine all about her struggles as a half-white, half-black actress. She told the magazine: “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.” We are sure Hollywood can’t wait to book her up now! Her sister in law to be is Princess Kate.
Home Sweet Home
Markle calls Toronto, Canada, her home. It is also the location the Suits set which she stars on as Rachel Zane. The prince was caught making a visit to her house and she is set now to make her move across the pond, we wonder how she feels about that.
Predicting The Future
This photo shows Meghan on a trip when she was 15 years old, posing outside Buckingham Palace. It is crazy to think that now she will spend a lot of time there, but when she was that age she never would have dreamed that she would be able to go anywhere near it, let alone marry the grandson of the Queen.
Princess Diana Would Be Proud
Markle has been involved in many (too many to count) projects as part of her humanitarian work. She supports American troops, along with charities in third world countries. She is also the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and also supported the United Nations He For She Campaign. Princess Diana (RIP) would have been very proud that her son chose someone like her who had a passion for giving back.
Holidays With Harry
When Markle visited London last December, the pair were spotted picking out a Christmas tree together and were photographed together for the first time while attending a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London’s West End. Awww so cute. They are just like us.
After several rumors surrounding the Suits star and the red-headed royal led to Markle being constantly followed and harassed, Prince Harry took decided to take matters into his own hands. In a bold move, Harry released an official statement from Kensington Palace, both referring to Markle as his “girlfriend” and condemning those harassing her.
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement read. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
This moment was definitely a turning point in their relationship. Markle became the first of Harry’s girlfriends to be so publicly acknowledged.
Markle’s partner-in-crime is Jessica Mulroney, the daughter-in-law of the former Canadian prime minister and fashion stylist. We wonder if she will be her maid of honor at the royal wedding. There are sure to be some very famous guests present. We hope she throws her a great bachelorette party.
Her Parents Have Their Own Secrets
Meghan’s mum is 61-year-old yoga instructor, who was reportedly once an air hostess, and met Meghan’s lighting director dad whilst working as an assistant make-up artist at ABC television. They married in 1979 but split in 1987, when Meghan was just six, over irreconcilable differences. Despite having a masters degree in social work, she hit a financial wall in 2002, reportedly filing for bankruptcy and retraining as a yoga therapist. Will the Royal family approve?
Jet Setting Birthday
The couple who clearly have no financial issued of their own jetted off to South Africa over the summer to celebrate Markle’s 36th birthday in style. Harry even purchased a beautiful diamon in Botswana to remember their trip, which then became the diamond on her engagement ring, with two of Diana’s on the outside.
Moving Over The Pond
After filming wrapped on Markle’s final season of Suits, she has finally made arrangements to move to London. We wonder where they will live together. Markle was seen out and about in London days before her engagement news broke.
Secret EngagementNews Breaks Out
It’s official! Kensington Palace confirmed the news that Markle and Harry had actually secretly gotten engaged in early November on Monday, Nov. 27. The statement revealed that couple plans to wed in Spring 2018 and that the Queen is “delighted” by the news. Harry also asked the permission of Meghan’s parents prior to popping the question. The statement revealed that the two will live together in Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds.
Engaged Over Roast Chicken
The couple spoke out in a worldwide interview saying that the engagement happened just like any other night. They were getting cosy in his cottage eating roast chicken, and he got down on one knee and said ‘will you marry me’. The ring features diamonds from Diana’s collection, so the prince said that his mom will always be with them. The prince said he always knew she was the one. He described how ‘this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life’ and said she would have been ‘best friends’ with his late mother Princess Diana.
The palace released this formal statement to the world so the news was not just hearsay anymore. It has gone viral and made the world and fans of the Royal Family extremely excited. They will be neighbors to Will and Kate, how sweet, perhaps they will babysit the royal babies too.
The Queen and prince Philip are also overjoyed for their grandson who has finally found happiness. We are just not sure if they are ok with her nudity scenes but only time will tell how it will all pan out. She looks the picture of happiness in this photo after the news broke. Imagine having afternoon tea with your new grandma and she is the queen.
Her Suits costars have come out to congratulate the actress and wish her the best of luck with her move to the UK and that they ‘will miss’ her greatly. We wonder if they are going to be on the VIP wedding guest list or if they don’t quite make the royal cut. Only time will tell.
Worried For Her Future
Her co star Patrick J. Adams who plays her fiancé in the show Suits told E!: ‘I’m super excited for her. As you can imagine, it is a massive deal, obviously, if you hadn’t noticed. I didn’t wanna get involved. I just wanted to say, “I love you, I support you, I hope you’re happy. You seem really happy”. And if she ever needed anybody to talk to in the madness – because it is madness, it’s madness what the world puts somebody through when they’re going through this process.”
Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also issued a public statement, announcing, “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 for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.” Well they must have done something right, their daughter is marrying a prince.
New Aunty And Uncle
Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton also issued a statement, adding, “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.” Is Meghen ready to be an aunt to her royal new niece and nephew?
A New Challenge
Her life is going to completely change, which she has acknowldged. Speaking to Vanity Fair before the engagement she stated: “It has its challenges, and it comes in waves — some days it can feel more challenging than others,” she told the magazine. “And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support.”
Diana’s Former Butler Speaks Out
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell spoke to UK TV host Lorraine about the news and said it was ‘clear they adore each other’. He added: ‘It’s a lovely, lovely thing to watch unfold. It’s not going to be easy for them. Who’d have thought an American, divorcee, Catholic would have married a Prince of the United Kingdom?’
‘She’s 36 isn’t she? A mature young woman. Have you considered the fact that she’s 36 years old? Exactly the same age Princess Diana was when she died… She’s a mature young woman who knows her own mind. She knows her way forward.’