She considered herself your typical California girl, because she spent most of her young life there.
Meghan Markle has become one of the most recognizable icons on the planet. But those closest to her would say that she was a completely different person before she met and married Prince Harry in 2018. For starters she was a Hollywood actress long before she was a princess. But that’s just for starters. Want to know what she was really like before she went from actress to a humanitarian, a women’s rights crusader and a royal? Then check out our list and prepare to have your mind blown.Unlike her royal husband, she had a humbler beginning. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. Sadly, her folks split when she was 6 and has two half-siblings from her dad’s side, but because they were older than her, she didn’t see much of them growing up.
She earned a little money doing calligraphy and managed to book some pretty impressive jobs.
She considers calligraphy a “lost art form” according to Good Housekeeping. Her cursive was so pretty that she was asked to do Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding invitations as well as the celebrity holiday correspondence for Dolce & Gabbana.
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As part of the royal family, Meghan Markle has had to adhere to a list of royal protocols that forbid her from wearing anything she wants.
The British Royal family members come from a long line of tradition and ceremony. So clearly, they've had a long time to come up with their own codes of conduct, dress, and even their behavior. Long are the days where Meghan Markle could stand next to fans and stick her tongue out, take sultry selfies, or wear sheer tank tops. If the Duchess wants to stay on the Queens' good side, she has to stay far away from ripped jeans, black nail polish, and bright-colored outfits.
Royal Protocols may forbid her from continuing her acting career, but you can still see her in movies.
Aside from the show “Suits,” she was also in films like “Horrible Bosses,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Remember Me,” and “The Candidate.” But if you’re doing some late-night surfing, you might catch her in reruns of “CSI: NY,” “The League,” or “90210.”
Television was a part of her life long before she became an actress who starred in the hit show “Suits.”
Her dad, Thomas Markle, was a lighting director. So, he brought Meghan to the set of “Married... with Children” every day after school for 10 years. But since her dad didn’t want his daughter exposed to the hilarious adult contents of the sitcom, he sent her to work at the craft services room.
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Feminism was part of who she was way before she took the Hollywood and the eventual Royal spotlight.
When she was 11, she wrote a letter to influential people like Hillary Clinton. A few days later, Procter & Gamble changed their slogan from “Women” to “People all over America.” This was the result of a dishwashing commercial aimed at women that didn’t sit well with Meghan.
She loved the idea of acting, but didn’t want to be the stereotypical L.A. girl who wanted to act.
So, Meghan majored in both theater and international relations in Evanston, Illinois. While she was a total theater nerd, she juggled her studies between both majors. But she also took frequent breaks at the 24-hour Burger King nearby.
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If she hadn’t ended up becoming a Duchess, she might have ended up being a politician.
When she was at the university, she landed an internship at the US Embassy in Argentina. She was 20 at the time and driving around in a motorcade in Buenos Aires. She told Marie Claire she had considered a political career. Can you imagine a Senator Markle or President Markle? Kind of has a ring to it, doesn't it?
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She certainly wasn’t shy being in front of cameras, but she totally disliked being on “Deal or No Deal.”
Every year she would shoot a pilot, but didn’t land anything until she was finally cast in “Suits.” But most people forgot she was on the popular game show “Deal or No Deal.” She was number 26 and stood uncomfortably in five-inch heels hoping for someone to pick her number, but no one ever did.
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When it comes to makeup, Meghan likes to keep things pretty simple.
No one knows what her beauty routine looks like, but she has confessed her love for a few holy grail items such as the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, and the Rms Beauty Living Luminizer, which is clearly the key to her fresh, glowy, and effortless look. Asides from prepping the skin, Meghan keeps it simple by adding a bit of Nars lush and some Dior Mascara, and voila! She's ready to take on the world!
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She may be a California girl, but she considered Canada to be her home away from home for a while.
“Suits” was shot in Toronto, Canada, and since Meghan played a paralegal named Rachel Zane, she spent eight months there every year. She even rented a three-bedroom, two bathroom home in the Seaton Village area.
If you're a "Suits" fan then you probably know all about Meghan's famous lifestyle blog, The Tig. Sadly, her project came to an end once Harry put a ring on it.
Meghan had to stop blogging on her personal blog as royal protocols would forbid her from spilling the tea on her everyday life. The royal family is very sensitive about their privacy and their image, and rightfully so!
Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry is epic, but it certainly wasn’t her first walk down the aisle.
In 2004, Meghan married producer Trevor Engelson after dating for six years. They had a lovely four-day beach wedding event in Jamaica. But then, Meghan landed a role in “Suits” and flew to Toronto. Some claim that the long distance ruined the marriage and led to the couple’s 2013 divorce.
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Meghan is a self-proclaimed foodie. She's not shy about trying new flavors. But it was her relationship with food that ended up inspiring the writers of the show.
Just like Rachel Zane, Meghan loves to cook and try new things. The writers of the show ended up taking a page from Meghan's book and incorporated her lifestyle and her eating habits into the show. It added a personal touch which made fans even more enamored with her character.
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As the Duchess of Sussex, there are a lot of things Meghan has had to give up, and that includes her freedom. Well, sort of.
If Meghan's craving some gum or a Big Mac, she can't just step outside on her own and drive to the nearest McDonalds. In more ways than one, Meghan is the media's meal ticket, so the paparazzi are always on the prowl. Even if she's only going shopping, Meghan has to be accompanied by an all-female security team. Wow!