As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle close in on a full year of their relationship, rumors are buzzing about a potential royal engagement in the works.
But how much do you really know about the gorgeous actress who stole the prince’s heart? It turns out, she’s so much more than just a pretty face. In fact, it wasn’t even her good looks that first got Harry’s attention when they met in 2016.
Meghan made her big break in 2011 when she was cast as one of the main characters on USA Network’s Suits. But I totally forgot that she got started in a much more humble role on a wildly popular game show!
Besides acting on her show, Meghan has proven herself to be admirable with her work in charity and as a lifestyle writer for her own blog. After reading all the facts below, you can definitely see her and Princess Kate hitting it off as friends.
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1. Meghan Isn't Her First Name
The actress was actually born Rachel Meghan Markle. Ironically enough, she became most well known for her role on Suits, where she plays a character named Rachel!
2. She Was A Briefcase Model On Deal Or No Deal
Before landing her gig on Suits, the actress got her start as a model on the popular game show holding the mysterious briefcases.
3. Her Mom Gave Her A Sweet Nickname
It’s no wonder Meghan posts plenty of photos of her favorite flowers, peonies, on her Instagram account, given that her mother nicknamed her “Flower” as a little girl.
4. She Used To Make Money With Calligraphy
While struggling to earn a living before finding fame, Meghan relied on her calligraphy talents to keep cash in her pockets.
5. She Started Doing Yoga At 7 Years Old
Her mom taught yoga and brought Meghan along as a youngster to “mommy and me” classes.
6. She Was A Global Ambassador
She worked with World Vision Artist Collective as an ambassador to help children in Rwanda receive an education. This was just one of many acts of kindness Meghan is known for. In fact, she met Harry at a charity dinner!
7. Ellen DeGeneres Convinced Her To Adopt Her Dogs
Meghan revealed in an interview with Best Health magazine that the funny lady just happened to walk into the same animal shelter she was at when she met her Lab/shepherd mix, Bogart. Even though they didn’t know each other, Ellen insisted she bring the pup home — so she did!
8. She Has Dabbled In Fashion Design
She collaborated with Reitmans, a Canadian retail company, for a collection in 2016 that mixed couture style with the more casual vibe she rocks on a daily basis.
9. She's Besties With Serena Williams
The pair met at a charity athletic event and clearly hit it off. Meghan even refers to the tennis star as her “confidante.”
10. She Used To Run Her Own Lifestyle Blog
The website was called The Tig and featured recipes, DIY tips, and other helpful lifestyle articles for nearly three years before closing down in spring 2017.
11. She's Older Than Prince Harry
Born August 4, 1981, Meghan is about three years older than her beau, who was born in 1984.
12. She Was The Most Googled Actress In 2016
Rumors about her relationship with Harry began swirling in October 2016, which definitely gave her a boost. However, it was the royal confirmation of the couple just before the year’s end that solidified her above other actresses like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence.
13. Prince Harry Stepped Up To Protect Her
While still early in their relationship, a royal statement confirmed the pair’s relationship status, but only due to the unfortunate amount of bullying she received after they were seen together. Luckily, the Prince was quick to shut them all down.
Clearly, Harry showed off some great taste in women when it comes to this impressive lady.
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