Meghan Markle is an American TV & Movie actress, humanitarian. Meghan is engaged to Prince Harry (of Wales). Some of the notable works of Meghan are- Megan in Remember Me(2010), Jamie in Horrible Bosses(2011), Rachel Zane in Suits.
Meghan Markle was born on 4th August 1981 in Los Angeles, California, United States to Doria Loyce Ragland(Mother)- social worker, yoga teacher & Thomas Markle (Father)- lighting director & director of photography. Meghan grew up in Holylwood. Her parents Doria & Thomas divorced in 1987.
Meghan Markle & Trevor Engelson Marriage: Meghan got into a relationship with actor and producer(producer of Heathers, Snowfall, Remember Me, All About Steve, Licence to Wed..) Trevor Engelson in 2004.
The couple got married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on 10th September 2011. After a long 9 year relationship the couple divorced in August 2013.
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Meghan & Harry met through a mutual friend on a blind date, (apparently the first question Meghan asked about the prince to her friend was -'Was he nice?'). She had not known about him, neither had he known about her or her works prior to meeting.
First date: They met for drinks for the first time, they liked each other over the conversation and were already willing to go on the next date, they talked about second date on their first date itself.
They started dating in June 2016, they had dates for a long time and had quiet long times together for 5-6 months before engagement. Because of the physical distance between them they had to commit to a long distance relationship for a while. There was a lot of travelling back and forth between U.S and England.
Engagement: They were roasting a chicken on a quiet lone night together in Toronto Canada when Harry surprisingly got on one knee and proposed to her in November 2017. The ring is a Yellow gold with central piece of diamond from Botswana, small diamonds of the ring were from his mother's (Princess Diana) jewelry, Harry himself designed the ring, it was made by Cleave and Company.
On her engagement she was congratulated by celebrities from all over the world, including top politicians like Theresa May, P.M of England.
Wedding: The wedding is scheduled for 19th May 2019 at Saint George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. After the marriage the couple will be living in Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace. The wedding is expected to cost half a million pounds.
She is going to get British citizenship after her wedding, she will be retaining her U.S citizenship as per the records.
She attended the Christmas party at Queen's Sandringham estate with the British Royal family.
Meghan is a distant cousin of Prince Harry, Sir Philip Wentworth & Lady Mary de Clifford are their common ancestors.
Image: Meghan Markle with prince Harry
Through Harry Meghan has met Queen Elizabeth twice before marriage in her palace.
Meghan Markle: Education
School: She went to Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse (Hollywood, Los Angeles) at the age of 5.
High School: Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School- An All girl Catholic school located in Los Feliz, Los Angeles.
Graduation: she got a bachelor's degree in theater & international studies at the Northwestern University
Internship at the US Embassy: She worked as an intern in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Meghan Markle: Facts & Trivia
Meghan's father Thomas Markle is an Emmy Award winning lighting director.
Beginning of Acting Career: Meghan used to visit her father Thomas at sets where he worked, her visiting the sets of sitcom Series 'Married... with Children' led to her becoming interested in acting.
She went to Catholic high school but identifies herself as a Protestant Christian.
Ancestry: Meghan is of African(from Georgia)(Maternal), German(Paternal), Dutch(Paternal), English(Paternal), Irish(Paternal), Scottish(Paternal) descent.
Young Campaigner: Meghan wrote to Proctor & Gamble as a 11 year old girl regarding one of their ads (related to a dishwashing soap commercial), she asked them to change the tagline of an ad she deemed was sexist. Her interview was aired on Nick News. (The tagline of the soap said 'for women all over the world', Meghan insisted it should say 'People all over the world' instead of women, which would imply women do the dishes and men do not) P & G changed the tagline after 3 months of the campaign. She was agitated by boys in school who said 'that is where women belong' about the ad, she came back home and shared it with her father and wrote series of letters which lead to her activism.
She was an intern at the US embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She was short of credits to complete her junior year in High School.
Freelance Calligrapher: Meghan worked as a freelance calligrapher for some time between her acting jobs. She did calligraphy for weddings.
The Tig: a website to help those with a passion for food, travelling, fashion and beauty. She discontinued the project in late 2017 as she got busy with other adventures of life. It was named after the wine she enjoyed much and the name she related with happy moments.
Fashion designing: in collaboration with Reitmans (Canadian Clothing company) she designed women's fashion workwear.
End to acting career: She has decided to move away from acting after her marriage to Prince Harry.
She has worked as an ambassador to United Nations Women
First Mixed race woman to marry someone from British royal family.
She is the second American woman to marry into British royal family.
Meghan will be baptized again before the wedding and confirmed into the Church of England (She does not identify as Roman Catholic)
One Young World: She was Counsellor for the UK-based non-profit organization which gathers young impressive people from all over the world to discuss serious issues of the world and find solutions. It has had Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson as the Counselors in the past.
World Vision Canada: She worked with the Christian relief organization which helps overcome poverty & injustice in Rwanda and campaigned for Clean Water.
She visited India in 2017 to raise awareness about women's issues in association with World Vision.
One thing she couldn't live without: Her passport
Her first audition: Hot Girl #1 in Lot like Love starring Ashton Kutcher.
She loves dogs and has a dog named Bogart.
Favorite pizza toppings: Chilly Pepper
Favorite phone app: Heads up.
If she was a superhero her super power would be- Teleportation
She was the most searched actress of 2016.
She is a foodie.
She loves cooking for others and carries her Vitamix blender literally everywhere she goes.
Person she likes to go to dinner with- Anthony Bourdain(Chef).
Guilty Pleasure: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Most memorable day: the day she found out she got role in Suits
She had curly hairs in youth
She prefers Vegemite over Marmite.
Her father would bring her a black Mommy Barbie and white Daddy doll for Christmas, he tried to make her feel equally proud of both her heritages.
She had closed her Instagram & Twitter accounts temporarily after her engagement and reopened them a month after.
She celebrated her 36th birthday in Botswana, South Africa
At age 16 she was travelling through Europe and had taken a photograph outside Buckingham palace, her future place of in-laws.
She stood up against bullying when she was in High school, she helped her juniors from bullying of seniors.
Kappa Kappa Gamma: was the sorority she was in the college.
She has appeared in commercials- Jeep, Lexus, Tostitos and others
Her workout includes Yoga & Pilates. Diet includes Fish & Vegetables
Meghan Markle: Quotes
I'm half black & half white I have embraced who I am, I have learned to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed race woman.
I wasn't black enough for the black roles & white enough for the white ones, I was the ethnic chameleon who couldn't get a job.
We're two people who are really happy and in love. (About her relationship with Prince Harry)
I don't read any press. The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.
Change is difficult for people. It is difficult to get out of things which we are accustomed to.
Being a feminist and being feminine are not mutually exclusive, It is great to be a feminist and as well as feminine.
Meghan Markle: Career
Some of the Movies and TV Series she has appeared in are:
Dater's Handbook(2016): She portrayed the character- Cass in this TV Comedy Drama , it was directed by James Head with stars- Jonathan Scarfe, Meghan Markle, Kristoffer Polaha in the lead.
Anti-Social(2015): Meghan Markle was Kirsten in the directed by Reg Traviss starring Meghan Markle, Josh Myers, Gregg Sulkin in the main roles.
When Sparks Fly(2014): She played Amy Peterson in the TV Comedy Drama directed by Gary Yates with the cast of Meghan Markle, Chelsey Reist, Lochlyn Munro
Random Encounters(2013): Meghan was Mindy in this Comedy movie by Boris Undorf created by Boris Undorf, Nate Barlow with stars- Sean Young, Meghan Markle, Michael Rady in the main roles.
Dysfunctional Friends(2012): Meghan appeared as Terry in the Comedy Drama directed by Corey Grant , cast included Wesley Jonathan, Jason Weaver, Stacey Dash
The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down(2011): She portrayed the role of Dana in the TV Comedy directed by Michael Shapiro , cast includes Adam Pally, Michael Masini, Meghan Markle
Horrible Bosses(2011): She played Jamie in this Crime Comedy directed by Seth Gordon starring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day in the main roles.
Remember Me(2010): Meghan played Megan in the Romantic Drama directed by Allen Coulter , it stars Emilie de Ravin, Robert Pattinson, Caitlyn Rund in the cast.
Get Him to the Greek(2010): She portrayed Tatiana in the Adventure Musical Comedy movie directed by Nicholas Stoller , cast includes Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss
The Candidate(2010): She played the role- Kat in the Thriller directed by David Karlak, cast includes Tom Gulager, Meghan Markle, Robert Picardo
Good Behavior(2008): She portrayed Sadie Valencia in the Comedy directed by Charles McDougall starring Meghan Markle, Mae Whitman, Catherine O'Hara in the lead.
The Apostles(2008): She acted as Kelly Calhoun in the Crime Drama directed by David McNally , cast includes Yara Martinez, Shawn Hatosy, Keith Robinson
Deceit(2006): She portrayed Gwen in the Thriller Drama directed by Matthew Cole Weiss , it has Luke Mably, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Matt Long in the main roles.
A Lot Like Love(2005): She appeared in a small role in this Romantic Comedy movie by Nigel Cole , with the cast of Taryn Manning, Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher
Castle(2012): She played the character- Charlotte Boyd in the Crime Comedy Series created by Andrew W. Marlowe with the cast of Susan Sullivan, Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic
Suits(2011): Meghan was Rachel Zane in this Comedy Drama TV Series with the cast Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht, Patrick Adams
CSI: Miami(2010): She played Officer Leah Montoya in this Drama Series , cast includes Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, David Caruso
The League(2009): She played the character of Meghan in the Sports Comedy Series with Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll, Mark Duplass in the lead.
Knight Rider(2009): She played the character- Annie Ortiz in this Mystery Series created by Dutch Oven, Dave Andron , it has Paul Campbell, Deanna Russo, Justin Bruening in the lead cast.
Fringe(2009): She played Amy Jessup in this Mystery Drama Series created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, with the cast of Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv
Without a Trace(2009): She acted in the role of Holly Shepard in the Mystery Drama Series with stars- Poppy Montgomery, Anthony LaPaglia, Enrique Murciano playing important roles.
90210(2008): She acted in the role of Wendy in the Comedy Drama TV Series created by Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Darren Star featuring AnnaLynne McCord, Tristan Mack Wilds, Shenae Grimes-Beech in the cast.
'Til Death(2008): Meghan appeared as Tara in this Romantic Comedy Series , it was produced by Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith, cast includes Kat Foster, Joely Fisher, Brad Garrett.
The War at Home(2006): Meghan played Susan in the Romantic Series starring Anita Barone, Kaylee DeFer, Michael Rapaport in the lead.
CSI: NY(2006): She played the role of Veronica Perez in the Crime Drama TV Series starring Gary Sinise, Hill Harper, Carmine Giovinazzo in the lead.
Love, Inc.(2005): She played - Teresa Santos in the Romantic Comedy TV Series , the series was created by Andrew Secunda, with Busy Philipps, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Vince Vieluf in the lead.
Cuts(2005): She portrayed the role of Cori in the Comedy Series created by Eunetta Boone, Bennie Richburg with the cast Shannon Elizabeth, Shondrella Avery, Rashaan Nall .
Century City(2004): Meghan played Natasha in the Drama TV Series , cast includes Nestor Carbonell, Viola Davis, Ioan Gruffudd
General Hospital(2002): She acted as Jill in the Drama TV Series created by Doris Hursley, Frank Hursley starring Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst, Maurice Benard in the lead.