The rise of Meghan Markle: From most-Googled actress to royalty

The rise of Meghan Markle: From most-Googled actress to royalty Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for photos after announcing their engagement. Photo: Dominic Lipinski
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Britain’s Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring. Photo: Matt Dunham

Markle, speaking at AOL’s BUILD Speaker series in 2016, has been viciously criticised by some commentators for not fitting the typical profile of a royal. Photo: Evan Agostini

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— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017Us Weeklythat a spring 2017 engagement seemed likely (off by a few months, as it turns out). Markle bid farewell to her lifestyle blog, and reportedly planned to depart the cast ofSuits.Rumours circulated that Markle was preparing to move from Toronto to London.Daily Mailcolumnist Richard Kay wrote last month that Markle and Harry had visited Buckingham Palace for a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother.

Monday’s announcement swiftly consumed social media, with Markle’s name once again trending on Twitter, alongside “Prince Harry,” “Harry and Meghan” and #Royalengagement.

The couple’s names ranked among the top trending Google searches, and in response to one common question – what will Markle’s title be? – the British press reported that the actress will likely soon be officially known as the “Duchess of Sussex” (per royal tradition, the queen is anticipated to bestow the title of “Duke of Sussex” upon Harry on the couple’s wedding day).

Who is Meghan Markle?Born

Rachel Meghan Markle was born in Los Angeles on August 4, 1981. It’s unclear when or why Markle started going by her middle name.Family

Mum is Doria Ragland, an African American social worker and yoga instructor.Dad is Emmy Award winner Thomas Markle, a lighting director who has Dutch and Irish heritage.They met in the late 70s when Markle was a lighting director on a TV soap and Ragland was working as a temp at the studio. They split when Meghan was six.Siblings

Meghan has two older half siblings, Samantha Grant and Thomas Markle Junior, who were born when Thomas Markle was with his first wife Roslyn.Grant, 52, is a former actress and model, who lives in Florida and has multiple sclerosis. She reportedly hasn’t spoken to Meghan since 2008.Education

The Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and the Immaculate Heart High School, a private Catholic school for girls in LA.Graduated in 2003 from the Northwestern University School of Communication, Illinois, where she studied theatre and international relations.Previous marriage

In September 2011, Meghan married movie producer and manager Trevor Engelson in Jamaica after a seven-year romance. The couple divorced in August 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.Hobbies/interests

Cooking, writing, travel, yoga, politics, social issues.Career

Best known as Rachel Zane in US TV dramaSuits.Markle got her break on US soapGeneral Hospitalin 2002.Minor TV roles followed on shows includingCSI New York,Knight Rider,90210andWithout A Trace.Her movie credits include British thrillerAnti-Socialand the comedy romanceRandom Encounters.Before breaking into acting, Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher.She also ran a lifestyle blog, The Tig, as a “hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty”, but brought it to a close in April 2017 as things began getting serious with Harry.Humanitarian work

Markle is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, an ambassador for UN Women, and an advocate for gender equality.She toldVanity Fairher social awareness began during the Los Angeles riots sparked by the police beating of Rodney King, in 1991.As an 11-year-old she was also enraged by a TV ad suggesting women belong in the kitchen washing up.

The rise of Meghan Markle: From most-Googled actress to royalty Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for photos after announcing their engagement. Photo: Dominic Lipinski
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Britain’s Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring. Photo: Matt Dunham

Markle, speaking at AOL’s BUILD Speaker series in 2016, has been viciously criticised by some commentators for not fitting the typical profile of a royal. Photo: Evan Agostini

TweetFacebookThe Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter老域名出售/rtlAnFCWTf

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017Us Weeklythat a spring 2017 engagement seemed likely (off by a few months, as it turns out). Markle bid farewell to her lifestyle blog, and reportedly planned to depart the cast ofSuits.Rumours circulated that Markle was preparing to move from Toronto to London.Daily Mailcolumnist Richard Kay wrote last month that Markle and Harry had visited Buckingham Palace for a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother.

Monday’s announcement swiftly consumed social media, with Markle’s name once again trending on Twitter, alongside “Prince Harry,” “Harry and Meghan” and #Royalengagement.

The couple’s names ranked among the top trending Google searches, and in response to one common question – what will Markle’s title be? – the British press reported that the actress will likely soon be officially known as the “Duchess of Sussex” (per royal tradition, the queen is anticipated to bestow the title of “Duke of Sussex” upon Harry on the couple’s wedding day).

Who is Meghan Markle?Born

Rachel Meghan Markle was born in Los Angeles on August 4, 1981. It’s unclear when or why Markle started going by her middle name.Family

Mum is Doria Ragland, an African American social worker and yoga instructor.Dad is Emmy Award winner Thomas Markle, a lighting director who has Dutch and Irish heritage.They met in the late 70s when Markle was a lighting director on a TV soap and Ragland was working as a temp at the studio. They split when Meghan was six.Siblings

Meghan has two older half siblings, Samantha Grant and Thomas Markle Junior, who were born when Thomas Markle was with his first wife Roslyn.Grant, 52, is a former actress and model, who lives in Florida and has multiple sclerosis. She reportedly hasn’t spoken to Meghan since 2008.Education

The Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and the Immaculate Heart High School, a private Catholic school for girls in LA.Graduated in 2003 from the Northwestern University School of Communication, Illinois, where she studied theatre and international relations.Previous marriage

In September 2011, Meghan married movie producer and manager Trevor Engelson in Jamaica after a seven-year romance. The couple divorced in August 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.Hobbies/interests

Cooking, writing, travel, yoga, politics, social issues.Career

Best known as Rachel Zane in US TV dramaSuits.Markle got her break on US soapGeneral Hospitalin 2002.Minor TV roles followed on shows includingCSI New York,Knight Rider,90210andWithout A Trace.Her movie credits include British thrillerAnti-Socialand the comedy romanceRandom Encounters.Before breaking into acting, Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher.She also ran a lifestyle blog, The Tig, as a “hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty”, but brought it to a close in April 2017 as things began getting serious with Harry.Humanitarian work

Markle is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, an ambassador for UN Women, and an advocate for gender equality.She toldVanity Fairher social awareness began during the Los Angeles riots sparked by the police beating of Rodney King, in 1991.As an 11-year-old she was also enraged by a TV ad suggesting women belong in the kitchen washing up.