PHOTOS - 40 Years Of Meghan Markle: Back In Pictures On Her Beautiful Love Story With Prince Harry

Meghan Markle , born on Aug 4, 1981in Los Angeles , is an American actress who became a member of the British royal family .

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Meghan Markle in 2018.

Meghan Markle , born on Aug 4, 1981in Los Angeles , is an American actress who became a member of the British royal family .

She rose to prominence as an actress, thanks to her role as Rachel Zane in the forensic television series Suits: Custom Lawyers .

the May 19, 2018, she married Prince Harry , youngest son of Prince Charles and Diana , grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and became Duchess of Sussex . After putting her career on hold during her engagement in November 2017, she and her husband decided to distance themselves from the royal family, from January 2020, and to lead a financially independent life.

Childhood and education

Rachel Meghan Markle was born on Aug 4, 1981in Los Angeles , the city in which she grew up. His parents are American, his mother, Doria Loyce Ragland 1 (born onSeptember 2, 1956), is African-American 2 , 3 and her father, Thomas Wayne Markle 1 (born July 18, 1944), is of German 4 , English and Irish descent 5 . Her mother is a yoga teacher and her father was a director of photography for television and film for forty years. Meghan Markle spends part of her childhood with her father, very often on the sets of Married, two children ( Married… with Children ) 6 .

She has a half-sister Samantha Markle 7 , born November 24, 1964 8 and a half-brother Thomas Markle Jr., born September 17, 1966, from her father's first marriage 9 .

She studied in private schools in Los Angeles, then was admitted to Northwestern University in Chicago , Illinois , where in 2003 she obtained a double degree in theater and international relations  . As part of her gap year internship , she works at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires , Argentina . After having failed the competitions that could pave the way for a career in politics, she made the choice after her studies to devote herself entirely to cinema. The following year, she met producer Trevor Engelson, whom she married after seven years together .

Her curriculum vitae , published on Mail Online , mentions that she speaks Spanish fluently and is fluent in French  .

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Meghan Markle at the Paley Center for Media in 2013.

2000s: modeling and discrete beginnings -

Meghan Markle made her first screen appearance in 2002 on the soap opera Central Hospital as a back-up. At the start of her career, she confides having encountered difficulties in finding major roles: “I was not black enough for the black roles and I was not white enough for the whites, which left me somewhere in the dark. an environment like the ethnic chameleon for whom we cannot find a job ” 15 . To pay the bills, she turned to the calligraphy in freelance and part-time, including the provision of personalized calligraphy on wedding invitation cards 16 .

Meghan Markle then made her debut on the American show Deal or No Deal onApril 12, 2006. She is the model wearing suitcase number 24, except during an appearance where she wears suitcase number 11. At the beginning of 2007, she left this program.

Between 2004 and 2009, she appeared in various episodes of American series such as Century City , Cuts , Love, Inc. , The War at Home , 90210 , The Return of K 2000 , FBI: Missing , CSI: Manhattan and The League . In 2009, she also appeared in the detective science fiction series Fringe , as the fleeting role of Agent Amy Jessup, in the first two episodes of the second season.

At the same time, she played a minor role in the romantic comedy Seven Years of Seduction ( A Lot Like Love ), released in 2005, and worn by the duo of actors Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet or in the television films L'Amour out of limits ( Deceit ) in 2006 and The Apostles by David McNally in 2009.

Moreover, according to her words, only making appearances or interpreting only minor roles for ten years (from 2000 to 2010), has never discouraged her 17 .

2010s: media revelation then member of the Windsor clan

At the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 .

In 2010, his companion Trevor Engelson produced the feature film Remember Me and got him a role alongside Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin . This film, the budget of 16 million , reveals to the public and allows it to then play in the comedy Get Him ( Get Him to the Greek ) with Jonah Hill and in an episode of CSI: Miami , the most famous detective series of the moment  .

In 2011, she finally landed a major role in the television series Suits: Custom Lawyers and will play there in the first seven seasons . In this forensic comedy, broadcast on USA Network , she plays Rachel Zane, a talented paralegal. The same year, she made an appearance in the hit comedy How to kill your boss? . The following year, she invites herself on the set of the very popular detective series Castle , for one episode, and stars in the independent dramatic comedy Dysfunctional Friends with Stacey Dash and Meagan Good .

The actress at New York Fashion Week 2013, the year the third season of Suits: Bespoke Lawyers aired .

Then follows the comedy Random Encounters (2013) which she wears alongside Michael Rady , then the romantic TV movie The Spark of Love (2014), under the direction of Gary Yates and giving the answer to the Canadian actor Lochlyn Munro , as well as the Anti-Social thriller directed by Briton Reg Traviss , nominated for the Fantasporto for best film 21 . In 2016, she was at the heart of a love triangle in the romantic comedy How to meet a soul mate in 10 lessons with Kristoffer Polaha and Jonathan Scarfe .

In 2016, she was chosen to become a brand ambassador (advertising muse) by the Canadian department store chain Reitmans .

In 2017, following her engagement to Prince Harry , she announced her departure from the Suits series at the end of the seventh season 23 and made the decision to interrupt her acting career . Due to this royal commitment, she also decides to close her Instagram account , which has 1.9 million followers 25 , as well as the website she has been running since.May 2014, The Tig , a lifestyle advice site 26 (food, travel, fashion and beauty) 27 .

In September 2018, Together: Our Community Cookbook , Meghan Markle's first charity project as Duchess of Sussex was announced  .

Between her acting fees, her blogging lifestyle income and her advertising muse contracts, her personal fortune was estimated in 2018 at around $ 5 million  .

2020s: Royal dissent and Hollywood comeback

the January 8, 2020, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced via Instagram their desire to end their duties to the Royal Family and their intention to withdraw from it  event referred to by the media as the word -Megxit suitcase  -, which Buckingham Palace will confirm in a press release ten days later  .

Meghan Markle then moved, as soon as march 2020, with Prince Harry and their son in Beverly Hills then Montecito (California) and plans to relaunch his career in Hollywood . In late March, it was announced that the Duchess of Sussex's first post-royal project would be the narration of Disneynature's documentary Elephant , released onApril 3, 2021 and intended to educate the public and the international community to save elephants, an action for which Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund would donate to the Elephant Without Borders associationfor the conservation of species in Botswana , in which Prince Harry s 'was already invested .

In april 2020, Meghan and Harry are volunteering privately to personally deliver food prepared by Project Angel Food to Los Angeles residents amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States .

In june 2020, the Sussexes signed with the agency Harry Walker, owned by the American media company Endeavor (creator of the Endeavor Fund Awards )  , for the organization of their appearances and public speaking  .

The Duchess of Sussex speaks in july 2020in favor of the Black Lives Matter 40 movement .

In September 2020, the Sussexes sign a private commercial agreement with Netflix "to develop scripted and unscripted series, films, documentaries and children's programs for the streaming service  .

In december 2020, it is announced that the Duchess of Sussex has made her first financial commitment to the sustainable economy by investing in Clevr Blends , a coffee production company based in Southern California . The same month, Meghan and Harry signed a multiyear agreement with Spotify to produce and host their own programs via their audio production company, Archewell Audio  .

In June 2021, she writes The Bench , a children's book, published by Random House Children's Books. It is based on her perception of the relationship between her husband and their son  .

Racist attacks

the Jan. 14, 2018, the British press unveils the text messages of Jo Marney, the partner of Henry Bolton , leader of the UKIP political party . In these exchanges, the young woman of twenty-five years makes violent remarks targeting Meghan Markle. According to her, the genes of Prince Harry's fiancée "will sully our royal family" and lead straight to a "Muslim Prime Minister" then a "black king". “It's the UK, not Africa,” she bid. She adds that Meghan Markle would only be "a little idiot of commoner, a stupid actress that nobody has ever heard of ”. Following the publication of these remarks, Henry Bolton declared his disagreement with the speech of his companion, announcing moreover that he had decided to separate from her. Jo Marney ended up apologizing, explaining that his messages were not intended to be made public .

Humanitarian commitment

Markle and athletes Brian Urlacher and Doug Fister speaking to the audience during a USO show at Naval Base in Rota , Spain, Dec. 6, 2014.

Meghan Markle was chosen in 2014 and 2016 to speak at the annual summits of One Young World (nicknamed the “  Davos Youth Forum ”) in Dublin and Ottawa , respectively, on the themes of gender equality and modern slavery . She goes to december 2014 in Spain then in Afghanistan as part of the tour organized by the United Service Organizations and chaired by the Chief of Staff of the American Armies , to support the morale of the troops  . She also collaborated in 2015 with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (or UN Women), as a media spokesperson, at the Beijing summit where she made a remarkable speech . In 2016, she became global ambassador of the NGO World Vision , traveling toRwanda for the “ Clean Water  ” campaign  , intended to provide safe and clean drinking water , and in India to raise awareness of issues concerning women's rights .

Meghan Markle defines herself as a feminist . In 2018, Time magazine chose her as one of the “100 most influential people in the world”  .


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the Aug 16, 2011, she married in Jamaica , after seven years together, the Californian producer Trevor Engelson, from whom she divorced inAugust 2013 .

In May 2016 It breaks with the Canadian culinary chef Cory Vitiello  after a two year relationship  .

Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle .

Meghan Markle and her fiancé Prince Harry in 2017.

the November 8, 2016, we officially announce her relationship with Prince Harry , of whom she has been the companion sincejune 2016 . A year later, theNovember 27, 2017, Prince Harry announces their engagement from Kensington Palace Gardens  .

She was of the Protestant faith until March 6, 2018, day during which she is baptized and confirmed in the Anglican religion  . The private ceremony was performed in the Chapel Royal of Saint James Palace and was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury , Justin Welby . They married shortly after, theMay 19, 2018In the St. George chapel of Windsor Castle and receive the Queen, on the same day, the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex  . She is the second divorced American to join the royal family after Wallis Simpson .

From the start of her relationship with Prince Harry, her looks and fashion accessories were copied, this phenomenon being called by the press "  Meghan sparkle  " or "  Meghan effect  " ("The Meghan sparkle ") . Meghan effect ”)  .

Meghan Markle made his first official appearance as the Duchess of Sussex and a member of the royal family, three days after his wedding, at the garden party of Prince Charles, celebrating his charity and his 70 th birthday, with six months 'advance  .

the Oct. 15, 2018, Kensington Palace announces that the couple are expecting their first child for spring 2019  . Their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born onMay 6, 2019 , becoming seventh in the order of succession to the British throne .

In july 2020, she miscarried while taking care of her son Archie .

the February 14, 2021, the couple announced that they were expecting a second child . On March 7, 2021, during the Oprah documentary with Meghan and Harry on CBS , the couple announced that the child they were expecting for the summer of 2021 is an girl . Their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born onJune 4, 2021. Her first names are a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II , her great-grandmother, and Lady Diana , her grandmother and mother of Prince Harry .

Departure of the royal family

After putting her career on hold during her engagement in November 2017, she and her husband decided, in the spring of 2020, to distance themselves from the royal family, to lead a financially independent life and to settle in North America. North . She retains her title of Duchess of Sussex but will no longer use her predicate of Royal Highness .

She could have become a UK citizen following her marriage  , but this process can take several years  and is unlikely to be successful, no longer a UK resident.

Of common birth , Meghan Markle has no title of nobility. She bears by marriage the title of her husband and her official title is "  Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton, Baroness Kilkeel".

The current name “Princess Meghan” is incorrect because it is reserved for blood princesses . Being princess only by marriage, she is Princess Henry (as the wife of Prince Henry). Only a decree from the Queen (as was the case for Prince Philip or Princess Alice ) would allow the Duchess of Sussex to wear the title of “Princess Meghan” .

It bears successively the name then the predicate and the title of:

  • Aug 4, 1981 - May 18, 2018 : Ms Rachel Meghan Markle  ;
  • since May 19, 2018 : Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex 70 , 71 , 91 .

From the March 31, 2020, she no longer uses her predicate of Royal Highness, being no longer active within the royal family.

Coat of arms

Wedding in coat of arms of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Traditionally, the wives of members of the British royal family have combined their father's coat of arms with that of their new husband to create their own coat of arms. However, in recent years, in the absence of a paternal coat of arms, creations by the College of Arms had been necessary for the benefit of the fathers of Sophie Rhys-Jones and Catherine Middleton at the time of their entry into the royal family .

Contrary to this recent tradition, Thomas Markle (who is American) will not be granted a coat of arms, by decision of Queen Elizabeth II . Instead, the College of Arms has indicated that Meghan Markle will be directly awarded her own coat of arms. This was already the case in 1972 at the wedding Prince Richard with Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester (who was born Danish) 92 .

Weapons are unveiled on May 25, 2018and are the result of a collaboration between the College of Arms and Meghan Markle so that they are both “personal and representative” . The azure background on the right side represents the Pacific Ocean bordering the Californian coast; two gold cotices symbolize the sun shining on the Duchess's native state; three feathers represent communication and the power of words. The terrace on which the arms are placed is composed of flowers of the California poppy , and Chimonanthus praecox which grows in Kensington Palace . The shield is supported by the lion crowned with English gold and a silver passerine  .


On her mother's side, Meghan Markle descends, among other things, from a slave great-great-great-grandfather in the cotton plantations of Georgia until 1865, when he was freed with the abolition of slavery .

On her father's side, Meghan Markle counts among her distant ancestors the King of England Edward III , of whom Prince Harry is also a descendant in several branches Ancestry of (Rachel) Meghan Markle


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TitleDuchess of Sussex
Countess of Dumbarton
Baroness Kilkeel
Birth nameRachel Meghan Markle
Birth (40)
Los Angeles ( California , United States )
FatherThomas wayne markle
MotherDoria Loyce Ragland
SpousesTrevor Engelson (2011-2013)
Henry , Duke of Sussex (since 2018)
ChildrenArchie Mountbatten-Windsor
Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor
ResidenceMontecito ( Santa Barbara , California , United States )
Frogmore House ( Windsor )
ReligionProtestantism (until 2018)
Anglicanism (since 2018)