Type the letter ‘M’ into your search-bar and one of the top suggestions is going to be the name of American actress and future royal bride ‘Meghan Markle’. Though she’s the name on everybody’s lips, there’s a good chance you don’t know the first thing about her and that’s why we’re here to bring you up to speed on all you don’t know so you can bluff your way through the next ‘Royal Wedding’ convo with ‘princess-like’ style and grace.

 

  1. She Grew Up Around Stars

Born in California in 1981 (now aged 36), Markle grew up in Hollywood, where her mother Doria was a yoga-instructor and her father Thomas worked as an Emmy-award winning lighting director. Working on hit shows such as Married...With Children, Thomas often brought his young daughter to the set where she met the cast. However she was not always an actress... 

 

  1. She Didn’t Exactly Wait Tables to Support Herself

After graduating college with a degree in Theatre and International studies, Markle decided to pursue acting full-time, but it didn’t alway pay the bills! Between early bit-part and extra roles in a number of TV shows, Meghan took on a number of jobs as a calligrapher for wedding invitations to to pay the rent. Google her signature, it’s amazing!

 

  1. Early Roles

Though Markle has publicly said that her mixed-race heritage was a problem in getting cast in roles, when she did end up getting acting jobs, she appeared first appeared in shows such as daytime soap General Hospital, whodunnit hit CSI: NY and crime-solving-car caper Knightrider. She even appeared as a ‘briefcase girl’ in the US version of the hit gameshow Deal or No Deal until she got her...

 

  1. Her Breakthrough Role

Chances are if you know Meghan from anything, it’s from her role as paralegal Rachel in hit US show Suits. As a regular character she appeared in several seasons of the show as well as a number of films including Remember Me and Get Him to the Greek. However, don’t expect to see her in anything soon because...

 

  1. She’s Given Up Acting to Focus on Humanitarian Duties

In a BBC interview Markle revealed that she doesn’t intend on returning to acting after her marriage to Prince Harry. Instead she wants to focus on her charity work which includes working for organisations such as One Young World and as global ambassador for World Vision. Through her work she has travelled to Afghanistan and Rwanda among other countries, speaking about issues such as women’s equality and child slavery.

 

  1. She’s been Only Seeing Prince Harry for Two Years

Meghan and Prince Harry (who is fifth in line for the succession of the throne) started dating in June 2016 after meeting each other on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Their engagement was announced in November 2017 shortly after Markle told Vanity Fair ‘ "We're two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people's perception." However, Harry is not her first love…

 

  1. She’s Already Been Married.

In September 2011, at the age of 20, Markle married her longtime boyfriend, actor and producer, Trevor Engelson in Jamaica. However, it didn’t last long and the couple divorced in 2013, leaving Harry to swoop with a very special proposal band...

 

  1. Her Engagement Ring is One of a Kind

For a royal engagement, one couldn’t expect any old engagement ring, and Meghan’s rock is undoubtedly a sight to behold. Made from a large diamond from Botswana the piece was first spotted on a walkabout the couple took around the British town of Nottingham in December of last year. However, it also carries great sentimental value, containing two small diamonds that belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.

 

  1. She’s to Be Baptized Before the Wedding

After the engagement, Markle began the lengthy and tedious process of becoming a British citizen but this is not the only big change she will make to her current status. British monarchical rules declare that any member of the royal family must belong to The Church of England so she has to get baptized and confirmed into the church, shortly before her wedding.  However don’t expect to find a pic on Instagram because...

 

  1. She’s Deleted All of Her Social Media Accounts

Earlier this month, Meghan Markle has done what few Americans have done before her: deleted all her socials. This followed months of unfavourable comments and posts and was announced with a statement issued by Kensington Palace which thanked all her followers from over the years. Guess all we have is the tabloid to keep up with her now!