Everything You Need To Know About Meghan Markle

Everything You Need To Know About Meghan Markle

By Katie Rosseinsky Posted on 31 Oct 2016

After the wedding of the year, Meghan Markle is now officially a fully fledged member of the royal family. The former Suits star tied the knot with Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on 19th May, following an engagement announcement the previous November, and became HRH Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

When did Meghan and Harry first meet?

The couple are thought to have first met at a blind date in London, when they were set up by a mutual friend (side note: why does this never happen to us? And when it does, why are blind said dates always woefully unsuccessful?), thought to be fashion PR Violet von Westenholz (though neither Harry nor Meghan has ever confirmed their match-maker on the record) One of their earliest dates was - wait for it - a minibreak to Botswana, so it was clearly obvious to both from the start that something special was on the cards. The Prince is also thought to have met up with Meghan while promoting the Invictus Games in Toronto back in 2016 (Meghan, of course, was previously based in the Canadian city while filming Suits). Want to watch a low-budget made-for-TV film that plays fast and loose with the details of the royal couple’s early courtship? May we recommend the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance?

When was the relationship confirmed?

Harry confirmed his relationship with the actress in an unprecedented statement released through Kensington Palace, in which he criticised the ‘wave of abuse and harassment’ which his new girlfriend had been subjected to, both in the mainstream media and through online trolling. When the news broke, the couple ended up hiding from the paparazzi at the Toronto home of the Brian and Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s closest friends, to weather the media storm.

At around the same time, eagle-eyed fans noticed Meghan wearing a distinctive black-and-white beaded bracelet in her recent Instagram posts - identical to a bracelet which Harry had been photographed wearing at a royal engagement in Aberdeen. Coincidence, it was not.

Watch our video below for all the facts you need to know about Meghan, then read on for the full lowdown…

So, who is Meghan Markle?

Meghan as Rachel Zane in Suits | © Getty Images

Prior to taking on her new royal role, Meghan worked as an actress and was best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane on the long-running US drama _Suits (_still streaming on Netflix, FYI).

Quite the Renaissance woman, Meghan also founder and curated her own lifestyle site, The Tig, which branded itself ‘a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty.’ Sadly the Tig went offline at the start of 2017, around the same time that Meghan’s social media profiles not-so-mysteriously disappeared from the Internet. If you’re keen to channel Meghan over the festive season, you’re in luck: way back in 2015, she wrote a guide on how to host the perfect ‘fake’ Christmas with your friends for Grazia.

Originally based in Los Angeles, she lived in Toronto (where Suits is filmed) with her two dogs, Bogart and Guy before relocating permanently to Kensington Palace.

How old is she?

Born in California on 4th August 1981, Meghan is 37 years old.

Where else do I recognise her from?

Meghan Markle | © Getty Images

Aside from her lead role in Suits, she also had brief turns in films like Get Him To The Greek, Horrible Bosses and Remember Me, as well as the obligatory appearances on CSI and General Hospital (or as we like to refer to it, the Casualty of America…)

What about her charity work?

Meghan is committed to an impressive number of charitable causes - something which she certainly has in common with Prince Harry. A former advocate for UN Women, she has previously presented at the organisation’s headquarters as part of the HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign famously headed up by Emma Watson. In 2016, she became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, and travelled to Rwanda for their Clean Water campaign.

In an old essay on The Tig, she expanded upon the two sides of her career, writing ‘I am consistently asked how I keep a foot in two contrasting worlds – one in the entertainment industry, predicated on wealth and indulgence, and the other in humanitarian work.’

‘To me, it’s less of a question of how can you do this, and more a question of how can you not?’

And her previous boyfriends?

Meghan tied the knot for the first time in 2011, to TV and film producer Trevor Engelson (who she’d been dating since 2004). However, the couple then separated and divorced in 2013, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’ She was then linked to golfer Rory McIlroy, and at the start of 2016 was was reported to be dating Canadian celebrity chef Cory Vitiello.

What’s her Instagram handle?

@meghanmarkle | © @meghanmarkle

Funny you should ask. Until January 2017, you could follow Meghan on Instagram at @meghanmarkle for Suits behind-the-scenes snaps, pictures of her dogs and plenty of motivational quotes. But every single post has since been deleted. Such is the sacrifice of royal life, we guess.

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