Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981. She is an American-born member of the British royal family and a former actress. Meghan, who was raised in Los Angeles, California, is from a mixed ethnic heritage.
While she was still a university student she featured in minor roles in both movies and TV series. From 2011 to 2017 she played Rachel Zane in popular TV legal drama Suits.
The Duchess of Sussex became the most-Googled person in the UK in 2018 due to her high profile relationship with Prince Harry.
Despite being in the public eye for years, many people still have many questions about the Duchess. These are some of the things that are less known about the mother of one.
1. Meghan is not her first name
Many actors and entertainers use their middle or stage names. Meghan opted to go for her middle name instead of her first. Unknown to many, her on-screen name Rachel is actually her real first name. Her full names are actually Rachel Meghan Markle.
2. She is related to Shakespeare
According to MyHeritage.com, Meghan's family tree was looked up by many after her engagement. The results show that she is related to Shakespeare on her father's side and Shakespeare's mother's side.
3. She used to run a lifestyle website
Meghan had a website called The Tig mainly focused on lifestyle. The food, travel, fashion and beauty blog was launched in 2014 and was closed down when she officially got engaged to Prince Harry. She did, however, leave a note to her loyal readers that said, "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.
“You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’ Above all, don’t ever forget your worth -- as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything.”
4. She’s a humanitarian and philanthropist
On her now-defunct website The Tig, Meghan credits her mother for opening her eyes to poverty by taking her to remote places around the world from a young age. After becoming the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016 she travelled to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She also made a presentation at the United Nations headquarters for the HeForShe gender equality campaign in 2014. The Duchess also visited India and spent a week with the slum communities of Delhi and Mumbai so as to learn about the issues and challenges facing women and girls. On her website, she wrote that she had always wanted to be a lady who lunches and a woman who learns while still maintaining her acting career. It seems she got the best of both worlds.
5. She was a double major in theatre and international relations
The Duchess joined Northwestern University to study journalism but later on took a different path. The self-proclaimed "theatre nerd," told Marie Claire that she always had an interest in both politics and performance and got compelled to do a double major in college. Meghan explained that she had always loved politics and was interested in both performance and politics which led to her changing her major. She opted for a double major in theatre and international relations.
6. She worked as a professional calligrapher
The Duchess of Sussex is highly skilled in fancy penmanship. She told Good Housekeeping that she would do calligraphy for weddings and events as a side job while she was auditioning for parts.
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