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15 Facts About Meghan Markle That Will Probably Surprise You

FUN FACTS August 14, 2017 By Hugo

To American audiences, Suits actress Meghan Markle was already a household name, but when she met a red-haired heartthrob fifth in line to the British throne who goes by the name Prince Harry, she became front page news in not just her homeland; but around the world.

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But unlike Prince Harry's past relationships, his love for Meghan appears to be more than just an ephemeral fling, and after a years' dating, the stunning brunette has left her job on Suits and even shut down her lifestyle blog The Tig, fuelling rumours that she is readying herself for marriage and a place in the prestigious family. 

So with that in mind, we've decided to dig deep into the natural beauty's past and give you 15 facts you may not know about Prince Harry's latest squeeze. 


1. She was a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal

It's little surprise that one of Megan's first TV gigs was something model-related because if you haven't already noticed, she's absolutely stunning. A show which sees contestants guess which box is holding the top prize of $1,000,000, Megan dazzled participants whenever she was chosen to reveal what lay inside her box.

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Speaking to Inside Edition, fellow Deal or No Deal models were quick to sing her praises, with one revealing that she "was always reading scripts," and "working on her craft." 

2. Her first name isn't Meghan

Like many actresses, Meghan decided to conceal part of her true identity when she hit the big time and adopt her middle name, Meghan.

So what's her birth name? Well, low and behold it's actually Batman Bin Suparman. Just kidding; It's Rachel. 

3. Her estranged half sister believes she is insincere

While Meghan appears to be perfect, her family has a lot of baggage. Just take the strained relationship with her half-sister, Samantha Grant. Suffering from multiple sclerosis, she claims her famous half-sister has taken a step back since her condition worsened, and she is now wheelchair-bound.

On top of this, Samantha has publicly stated that she believes her sister is nothing more than a "social climber" and believes her humanitarian efforts for organisations like the U.N are nothing more than a facade. 


4. She wrote to Hilary Clinton at the age of 11 about gender equality

Prince Harry's girlfriend isn't just a beautiful actress, She's also incredibly intelligent, graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in theatre and international studies before doing an internship at the American embassy in Buenos Aires before pursuing her acting endeavours.

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However, even at a young age, Meghan displayed an impressive level of precociousness. Enraged that a soap commercial involved just a women, she wrote a letter to Hilary Clinton, complaining that it implied women belonged in the kitchen.

5. She is a big yoga fan

It's not surprising that someone as pretty as Meghan, sorry Rachel, stays in shape and one way she does this is by attending regular yoga classes. 

"Yoga is my thing," she said. "My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven."

6. She's a massive foodie

Like all of us, Meghan likes her food, and she isn't afraid to eat well despite the pressures and strains that come from maintaining that industry-standard figure otherwise known as size 0. 

But Meghan won't let that put her off eating the best food in the world, and on her former lifestyle website, The Tig, she regularly posted an array of mouthwatering dishes from around the world as she believes food is an excellent way to learn about different cultures.


7. She is a daddy's girl

Meghan Markle has a close relationship with her father, Thomas, an Emmy award-winning lighting director who introduced his daughter to the world of film and TV sets from an early age having been born and raised in Los Angeles. 

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Because of this, Meghan described her most prized possession as the letter she received from her father when she landed her first pilot.

Keeping it in her jewellery box, she said, "The best handwritten note I ever received was probably from my Dad when I booked my first [TV] pilot, saying 'Meg, I knew this day would come. I'm so proud of you.' " Awh! 

8. She owns a rescue dog

Meghan Markle owns a ridiculously cut rescue dog called Bogart, whom, like her beau, is also ginger! Sharing an adorable photo of Bogart online, the doggy was even clad in a Union Jack sweater!

On another occasion, a stylish Megan was papped in Toronto taking Bogart to the vet, with her little friend equipped with a cute waistcoat to fend off the bitter temperatures. Apparently, it was Ellen DeGeneres that convinced Meghan to adopt a rescue pup. 

9. She gets annoyed when photographers lighten her skin 

A keen advocate of racial equality, Megan Markle has regularly expressed her dismay at photographers always lightening her skin on photoshop and airbrushing her freckles. 

This isn't good and sends a message to girls that darker skin isn't attractive, so it's great Markle has taken such a stand. In her own words, “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed, and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot. For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.'” Well said, Meghan! 


10. Before landing her role on Suits, she made ends meet as a part-time calligrapher

As well as modelling, Meghan made ends meet in her earlier career by working as a part-time calligrapher, which is a pretty impressive skill to have!

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Not only this but it also kept her away from the more gritty side jobs synonymous with aspiring actors like waiting tables.

11. Her nickname is 'Flower'

It's fitting that her mother picked such a beautiful nickname for her amazing daughter, as just like a flower, Meghan blossomed into something spectacular! 

She also revealed that her mother called her Meg, MM, and M&M! 

12. She attended some of the most prestigious private schools in Los Angeles

As stated earlier, her father was a prominent lighting director while her mother made good money as a yoga instructor, allowing them to send their daughter to some of the best schools in the city. 

Thus, from age 5 Markle attended Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, before moving onto a private, all-girls Catholic school at 12 called Immaculate Heart High School.


13. She got divorced in 2013

Swathes of the media are now making a big deal of Markle's divorce in 2013 as divorce is frowned upon in certain royal circles.

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Divorcing from ex-husband Trevor Engelson in August 2013, she quickly moved on from the famous movie producer with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello before being charmed by the British Prince.

14. She lives in Toronto

Many stars seem to be swapping the sun-dappled walkways of Los Angeles in favour of quieter environments, and Meghan Markle is no different, choosing to call the snowy hipster city of Toronto her home instead.

Canada's most populated city is also home to many other celebrities, including the Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg.

15. Her go-to emoji is the panda 

Last but not least, just in case you were suffering sleepless nights over what Meghan Markle's favourite emoji is then you'll now sleep well in the knowledge that it's a panda!

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As the Chinese animal was her high school mascot, Markhle has always had a deep affiliation with them.


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