5 Facts About Prince Harry’s Girlfriend Meghan Markle
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Who exactly is Meghan Markle, and what is it about her that captured the heart of one of the world’s most eligible bachelors? Here, we do a little sleuthing.
By now you’ve heard the news that everyone’s favourite prince (besides little George, of course) has a brand new relationship – and, naturally, the gossip mill has gone into overdrive. Where did 32-year-old Prince Harry meet his new lady love, and what will the Queen think of his new romance?
Granted, the relationship hasn’t been publicly acknowledged by the couple or Kensington Palace (no surprise there), but that hasn’t stopped royal watchers and reporters from speculating about what this may mean for the Royal Family.
Meghan Markle, a 36-year-old American actress, seems to have met Prince Harry at a function in May when the Royal was in Toronto to launch the 2017 Invictus Games or perhaps later in the summer through a friend who is connected to royalty.
1) Like Prince Harry, she’s done humanitarian work
Markle is the 2016 Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. But her humanitarian efforts don’t end there. She has travelled to Rwanda as part of the Clean Water Campaign and visited the UN Headquarters as part of the HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign in 2014. Markle even has a USO tour stop in Afghanistan under her belt. “This type of work is what feeds my soul,” she says.
2) She’s appeared on all six seasons of the U.S.A. show, Suits
The successful Toronto-shot legal drama has kept Markle happily employed for more than five years. In that time, Markle has become part of the city’s social scene, appearing at many a gala on the arm of her former boyfriend, celebrity chef Cory Vitiello. She also became the face of Reitman’s, the venerable Canadian fashion brand.
3) She runs her own lifestyle blog, The Tig
Like Gwyneth Paltrow and countless other celebrities, Markle runs her own lifestyle website where she shares savvy tips on everything from travel to recipes to beauty secrets. Launched back in 2014, The Tig has found success with the under-40 crowd and has been praised by publications like InSyle.
4) She appeared as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal
During the 2006-2007 season of the long-running game show, Deal or No Deal, Markle appeared in 30 episodes as Briefcase Model #24.
5) She’s been married before
Markle married film producer Trevor Engelson in September of 2011 after seven years together, and the couple divorced in 2013. No word yet on what Queen Elizabeth will make of this, considering all the divorce dramas that have dogged the Royal Family over the years, from Wallis Simpson to Camilla Parker Bowles. But these are different times. That Markle is Catholic, bi-racial and also older than Harry have also been noted by Fleet Street.