Meghan Markle joined the British Royal Family in 2019 and immediately became a sensation. It evokes extreme emotions in the British – some love it, others hate it. What was the original story of the life of the Duchess of Sussex?
Meghan Markle is an American actress, best known for her role as Rachel Zane in the series “In suits”. Her life turned 180 degrees when she met a young aristocrat one evening. It was, of course, Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, a member of the British royal family. The couple got engaged in 2017, and a year later Meghan officially joined the royal family.
Although Meghan was lucky in the professional sphere, she did not do well in love. In 2004, she began dating American film producer, Trevor Engelson. The couple got engaged in 2010 and their wedding took place a year later in Jamaica. At first, the couple did not want to formalize their relationship, but after spending seven years together they decided to get married. Lovers celebrated at a grand celebration together with their family and hundreds of friends.
“The wedding took place on a Jamaican beach, and Meghan told everyone it was the happiest day of her life. I was her bridesmaid. We were friends from the age of two and Meg always said that her greatest aspiration in life was to get married “- confessed Ninaki Priddy, a friend of Markle, years later.
It is said that it was Trevor who helped Meghan get a role in the popular series, and although the actress’s career was gaining momentum, her relationship was slowly falling apart. The popularity and new roles of Markle meant that the spouses saw each other less and less. In 2013, two years after their marriage, they divorced, and the official reason for their breakup was “irreconcilable differences”.
Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, and is the first child of Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. She was raised by her mother, although she saw her father regularly. Today, however, she is not in touch with him. After Meghan joined the British royal family, Thomas Markle began to share details of her life with tabloids and even published a letter in which his daughter asked him to respect her privacy.
Meghan attended a Catholic high school and then studied international relations and theater history at the University of the Northwest. However, from an early age, she knew that acting is her calling. She made her television debut in 2002. Then she appeared in the series “City Hospital”. Three years later, she starred in the first film – “Absolutely Like Love”, in which she starred with Ashton Kutcher. Larger roles came a few years later. In 2011, she starred in the blockbuster “Bosses, Enemies”. It was a good year for Meghan because a moment later she got one of the main roles in the series “In Suits”. It was the role of the ambitious assistant Rachel Zane that brought her fame and recognition.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met in 2016 on a blind date arranged by their friends. The prince and the actress liked each other so much that they also spent the next day together. A month later, they were already on a trip to Africa, where Harry was working as a volunteer. Although the actress and the prince tried to keep their new relationship a secret, in October of the same year, The Sunday Express published an article entitled “Harry is happier than ever.”
It was then that Meghan began to get loud outside the US as well. As a potential future duchess, she was closely watched by paparazzi. The British wanted to know everything about the future wife of the “naughty boy of the royal family”. The interest in Meghan’s life grew so much that she was the most searched actress in the Google search engine in 2016! It was then that all the scandals in the life of the actress began to emerge. People didn’t like that Meghan was a divorcee, an actress, and an American. The game was even about her skin color! The actress was also constantly compared to Princess Kate. Buckingham Palace had to defend the actress and issue a statement requesting an end to the persecution.
Meghan and Harry got engaged on September 25, 2017. Their wedding took place a year later, on May 19, in the chapel of St. George in Windsor. Celebrities from the world of show business could not be missing at the ceremony. Meghan’s friends and her colleagues from the set of the “In suits” series were invited to the wedding, but also Victoria and David Beckham, members of many charities and, of course, Harry’s family, members of the British royal family.
The Meghan dress, however, aroused the greatest interest at the couple’s wedding. The actress decided on the most important day of her life for a classic. The Markle wedding dress is a project of Clare Waight Keller, creative director of the Paris fashion house Givenchy. The creation was in line with the style of the actress, who also focuses on minimalism on a daily basis. The only unique element of the bride’s clothing was the veil. It consisted of silk tulle on which 53 flowers were embroidered to represent all countries associated in the Commonwealth of Nations. According to tradition, Queen Elizabeth lent the bride one of the tiaras from her (not a small) collection. Meghan wore the 1932 Queen Mary Diamond Tiara at her wedding.
On October 15, 2018, Kensington Palace announced that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry were expecting their first child. “We’re ready and excited to join the parents’ club,” Markle said at the time. Archie Harrison, the son of the princely couple, was born on May 6, 2019. After retiring from official duties within the royal family, the couple decided to move to California and raise their son there to escape publicity, gossip and paparazzi. It was only in 2020 that the duchess decided to raise the topic of her private life in the press. Markle wrote a personal essay for the Ney York Times in which she made her sincere confession. It turned out that the actress had a miscarriage.
“I felt a sharp contraction. I fell to the floor with my son in my arms, humming a lullaby to soothe both of us. The joyful melody contrasted with my sense that something was wrong. Holding my first child, I knew I was losing my second. A few hours later I was lying in a hospital bed holding my husband’s hand. I felt the wetness on his hand and kissed his hands, wet with our tears, “writes the duchess.
“Losing a baby means carrying an almost unbearable grief that many experience but few talk about. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room out of a hundred women, 10 to 20 would miscarry. The subject is still taboo, it is associated with shame, and mourning is lonely – she added.
On Valentine’s Day 2021, the princely couple announced that Meghan was in another pregnancy. They did this using a photo taken by a friend of the couple – Misan Harriman. Meghan and Harry’s daughter was born on June 4, 2021. The girl was named Lilibet Diana.
At first, Meghan Markle seemed to be great as the Duchess of Sussex. The actress made her debut as a duchess just three days after the wedding. The couple then appeared at the celebrations to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday. Before their first son was born, they also attended the official visit to Australia and New Zealand. During her speeches, she often drew attention to the issue of women’s rights and the standard of living of the poorest.
However, not everyone was convinced of the new duchess. Due to the inquisitiveness of the British media and racist comments about Meghan, the couple decided to withdraw from their duties as members of the royal family.
“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to start a new life as a young family. While we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life while remaining a valued part of my family, “Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, wrote at the time in a statement.
The princely couple’s interview with the queen of American television will surely go down in history. Markle has never been so honest before and said what really happened in the UK. She admitted to suicidal thoughts and not receiving support from other members of the royal family, and to having been a victim of racist remarks. She also confessed that the wedding was not the happiest day of her life. That day, Princess Kate was supposed to make her cry.
After the interview was aired, the whole world was in shock. However, opinions were divided. Many people compared Meghan’s experience to that of Princess Diana. However, there were also those who called Markle a manipulator and a liar. Queen Elizabeth and the royal family stated that they were extremely saddened by Meghan and Harry’s words.
“The whole family is immensely saddened to hear how difficult recent years have been for Meghan and Harry. The problems they raise, especially those relating to race, are extremely worrying. While some memories may differ, these confessions are taken very seriously and will be discussed privately by the family, “they wrote in an official statement.