11 Things To Know About Prince Harry’s Lady Meghan Markle
The Royal wedding is scheduled for May 19 and while we can’t wait to see who shows up for the fabulous affair — and what they’ll be wearing — we figured now is a good time to give some background on the amazing woman Prince Harry will soon make his princess and wife: Meghan Markle.
As we told you yesterday, the fresh Earl Grey tea is that Prince Harry has been seeing Suits actress Meghan Markle for “a couple of months” now. While neither party has confirmed anything, major publications have been talking to sources and pulling out all sorts of receipts to link the two. Folks are even claiming an engagement is likely. (Damn, that was quick…) Just like that, her name is in all the headlines.
And while we know the basics about the 35-year-old beauty (and my fellow Leo sistah), there are quite a few interesting things about her life that most of us probably aren’t aware of. The more you know!
Serena Williams is one of her girls.
Whether she’s showing up for Wimbledon matches or standing by Williams at New York Fashion Week when the star debuts her fashion collections, Markle is pretty tight with our favorite tennis icon. Now how can we get in the crew?
She is an experienced yogi.
Markle’s mother, who is Black, is a talented yoga instructor. The two actually took part in mommy-and-me yoga classes when she was a kid. Markle still practices it to this day, including hot yoga, and is quite the flexible yogi.
People didn’t think her mom was her biological mother growing up.
“My mom is a yoga instructor, 100% Black with dreadlocks,” Markle told Ebony in an interview earlier this year. “And when people find out ‘that girl’ on Suits is her daughter, there is often this disconnect and sometimes disbelief. It took me a long time to find myself.”
She struggled to fit in.
Markle also told Ebony that while she could pass as both Black and White growing up, she didn’t really fit in.
“I could get into twice as many rooms, but was turned down twice as often as many of my peers,” she told the publication. “It’s that dichotomy that we can go through: ‘What are you? Where do you fit in? I want to put you in this box and I want you to stay there.’ I never want to complain. I get that so many people have it worse than I do. But it took me deep into my twenties to come to the realization that I am ‘enough’ exactly as I am, and I don’t have to be more or less of anything for other people.”
Meghan is her middle name.
We may call her Meghan Markle, but it’s actually her middle name. Her whole name is Rachel Meghan Markle. Interesting enough, Rachel is also the name of her Suits character.
She’s a humanitarian.
Markle is a UN advocate who has traveled to Rwanda to do work for the Clean Water Campaign. She’s also the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, a counsellor for the charity One Young World and spoken out on everything from gender equality issues to modern day slavery. She has that in common with Prince Harry, who, following in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, has done a great deal of humanitarian work.
She didn’t plan on being an actress.
As she told Focus Magazine: “I didn’t intend to be an actress – I went to Northwestern University as an English major but quickly changed to a double major in Theater and International Relations. It really wasn’t until after working for the US Embassy abroad and coming home for the holiday that a friend from college gave a manager a student film I did – he watched it and called me, telling me he thought I should stay home and give acting a shot. I did, and I was so grateful.”
She can throw down in the kitchen.
Markle loves to cook. She is actually so good at it, her lifestyle website, The Tig, has a whole section dedicated to food. When she’s not shooting and doing humanitarian work, she’s cooking. Oh, and also traveling, which she loves. Trips to London I’m guessing?
She was in a sorority.
While a student at Northwestern University (Communication, c/o ’03), Markle was in a sorority, but not one of the ones you’re probably thinking of. The actress was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
She has been married before.
Before she was reportedly being wooed by Prince Harry, Markle married a guy named Trevor Engelson in 2011. She had been in a relationship with Engelson since 2004. The pair divorced in 2013.
She has an interesting hidden talent.
It’s all in her handwriting. As Markle told Good Housekeeping, calligraphy used to be her side hustle.
“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning,” Markle told the publication. “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”