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14 Things we bet you didn’t know about Meghan Markle

Text: Anna Johnstone

November 8, 2017

Meghan Markle has stolen not only the heart of Prince Harry, but also literally everyone. From her rise to fame in Suits to becoming a Global Ambassador for World Vision, she’s one very impressive lady. Learn more about the 36-year-old actress below:

14 Things we bet you didn't know about Meghan Markle
Photography: Instagram/@meghanmarkle
1 She has an unusual skill

While auditioning for acting gigs, Meghan was a freelance calligrapher, telling Esquire it was her ‘pseudo waitressing job’. Might be very handy when writing wedding invitations…?

2 She met her boyfriend, Prince Harry, through his old school friend

She’s close friends with fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who was married to Alexander Gilkes, one of Harry’s school friends. We wish our ‘friends of friends’ were so well connected…

14 Things we bet you didn't know about Meghan Markle
Photography: Instagram/@meghanmarkle
3 Ellen DeGeneres convinced her to adopt her dog

She revealed in an interview with Best Health magazine that she was at a rescue shelter and Ellen happened to be there when she met her Lab/Shepherd mix, Bogart. Ellen told her to “Take the dog!”, so she did. As you do.

4 She’s an ambassador for World Vision

Meghan became a World Vision Global Ambassador after travelling to Rwanda in 2016. She taught children to paint with watercolours using clean water from a new pipeline in their community.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Photography: Getty Images
5 She’s older than Prince Harry

Her birthday is August 4 1981, making her 36 years old, which is just over three years older than her lucky boyfriend Prince Harry.

6 Meghan is not her real name

Meghan is only her middle name. She ironically shares her real birth name with the Suits character who shot her to fame: her full name is Rachel Meghan Markle.

14 Things we bet you didn't know about Meghan Markle
Photography: Instagram/@meghanmarkle
7 Her childhood nickname was ‘Flower’

She revealed on her (now defunct) blog, The Tig that her mother used to call her ‘Flower’. She certainly lives up to it, posting many pretty pictures of blooms (we wonder how many are from Prince Harry!).

8 Prince Harry had a crush on her for two years

In the Channel 4 documentary When Harry Met Meghan, royal expert Katie Nicholl reveals that when asked his ideal girl on a night out, Harry said “Meghan Markle from Suits“. Even our prince gets schoolboy crushes, eh?

Meghan Markle
Photography: Bang Showbiz
 9 She was the most googled actress of 2016

Yep, the tech giant revealed that her name was the most searched-for actress last year. Seems like we’re not the only curious ones…

10 She’s BFFs with Serena Williams

They met playing a charity football match together, and now Meghan supports the tennis star at grand slams and fashion shows. Squad goals, much?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia
Photography: Bang Showbiz
11 It’s not just her screen character who’s smart

She has a Communications degree from Northwestern University, and hasn’t ruled out doing a Masters degree. Beauty AND brains? It isn’t hard to see what Prince Harry sees in her.

12 Meghan was born in LA

But her mother, Doria Radlan, is African-American and her father is Dutch-Irish. She speaks of her bi-racial identity as “quite a conundrum”, and tells Allure “my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot”.

Meghan Markle
Photography: NBC
13 Her early career wasn’t quite so glam

One of her early acting gigs was as a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal. Proving that everyone has to put the work in to get to where they are now – we applaud her.

14 She was first introduced to showbiz by her dad

Her father, Thomas W. Markle, is an Emmy award-winning lighting director. He would often bring his daughter to the set of Married… with Children, the TV show he worked on.

Taken from GLAMOUR UK. Click here to read the original.

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