These incredible old photos of Meghan show the world where she comes from and what she was all about before becoming one of the most talked-about women in the world. Some of what you see may really surprise you!
Meghan With Her Dad As A Baby
Meghan grew up in a family that was involved in the entertainment industry. She very well may have been following in her father, Tom’s, footsteps when she decided to go into it herself. Dad worked as a lighting director on some huge hits. You may have heard of a little show that he worked on for several years called "Married with Children."
The Duchess has always had a very close relationship with her father, who’s now retired and living in Baja. Just look at this absolutely adorable photo of baby Meghan hanging out with dad. They both look so happy! Of course, these days, things between them are not as positive…
Family Has Always Meant the World to Her
Check out this oh-so-cute snapshot of a young Meghan with some of her family members, just chilling out on the couch in her tank and denim overalls. It’s not exactly the same kind of photo that she’s used to taking these days with the royal family, but it is very sweet. And of course, she’s sitting super close to dad since she grew up as daddy’s girl. It’s pictures like this one that really gives a good perspective about where it is that the Duchess of Sussex came from and what she stands for.
Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha, sits on the other end of the couch in the shot. Things between the siblings are on the rocks today, although she reached out to the duchess earlier this month to try and reconcile things. It sure seems like they have what it takes to be a happy family again. Unfortunately, the duchess brushed off the attempt to mend things and is adamant about not having any contact with her sister. We wonder why…
She’s Been Fighting For Social Justice Since Childhood
While most 11-year olds are busy playing video games, 11-year old Meghan Markle had bigger and better things in mind. After she saw a sexist Ivory commercial that targeted women as the only humans in a household capable of cleaning dishes, she sprang into action. The actress made her very first appearance on television before she was even technically a teenager – and she did it to try and make a difference in the world.
When she was just 12 years old, Meghan Markle appeared on Nick News to discuss a letter she’d written to the Ivory company. She expressed how she (and her classmates) were unhappy with the way the commercial made it seem as though women were lesser than men. In response to her letter, Ivory changed the wording in the commercial from “women are fighting greasy pots and pans” to “people are fighting greasy pots and pans.” You go, Duchess! And for anyone that hasn’t seen it – the video is on YouTube.
She’s Been Cute Since Forever
Meghan has been adorable since she was a kid, and if you don’t believe us, here’s the proof. Just look at this school picture of her from elementary. It’s no wonder that she went into acting at a young age – she’s always had the face for it, that’s for sure!
The duchess had a fairly normal childhood, and even though she lived in Los Angeles and attended the Little Red Schoolhouse, she still grew up under considerably “regular” circumstances, compared to what her own son may face during his childhood. After all, he was already one of the world’s most famous faces before he even turned one. According to reports by those close to the family, however, Meghan and Harry plan to try and give their children the most grounded childhood as is possible.
She was a Queen Before a Duchess
Most people probably find it really hard to imagine transitioning from regular life in jeans and t-shirts to being an actual member of a royal family. Lucky for Meghan, she got her first taste of royalty back in high school. This picture was taken on the night of her homecoming dance – where she was voted queen. Well, we’re not surprised, are you?
If you know about Meghan’s teenage years, you probably know that she actually attended an all girl’s high school. So, what gives with the tall, dark and handsome date on her arm? Fortunately, the administrators at her school still allowed the boys to come over for dances and other special occasions. Is it just us, or does Meghan still look pretty much exactly the same as she did when this was taken?
Hanging Out on the Couch with Family
Things between Meghan and her father may be a bit strained these days, but they weren’t always like that. She and her dad used to be very close when she was younger. This is just one of many pictures that show the actress hanging out with dear dad on the couch in their family home. And just look at that adorable baby face! As it turns out, her dad has had quite some exciting turns throughout his life.
Even though, according to Meghan’s half-brother, Tom, she has “won the life lottery” by marrying the Prince, she is apparently not the only one in the Markle clan who has ever won a jackpot. When she was a kid, her dad won nearly $1 million in the lottery. Unfortunately for him, he chose to make some investments with that money that ended up failing him. Though he also used some of it to pay the bill for Meghan’s private school.
Her Childhood Was Pretty Amazing
Even if someone knew absolutely nothing about Meghan Markle and they happened to stumble upon all of the pictures from her childhood, they would probably be able to tell that she’s led a blessed life. From a young age, her parents worked to ensure that she had the very best opportunities in life. It’s no wonder that she looks so happy in every image!
Take her preschool, for example. Tom sent Meghan to L. A’s “Little Red Schoolhouse,” which is Hollywood’s premier school for children ages 3-6. Some of the (other) most famous and talented women in history got their start here, as well. The curriculum is big on acting, of course, to give students a leg up in the industry that surrounds them.
She’s Always Had a Good Heart
That kind-hearted persona the duchess displays in public is no made-up character but actually reveals the true nature of her personality. According to reports from friends and family, Meghan has always had a philanthropic streak. In fact, she and her parents used to visit nursing homes and hospices to bring meals and joy to the residents when she was just a kid.
Since before she was even 12-years old, she has been showing her true colors to the world through the work she’s done. From her very first appearance on television to the ones she makes today, she is always showing her support for those that may not have as big of a voice as she does. Wait until you see all of the philanthropic endeavors that Meghan is involved in these days!
And She’s Always Been Gorgeous
Friends and teachers alike absolutely rave about Meghan when asked about her behavior during her teenage years. She is not only incredibly beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, too. One teacher from her all-girls Catholic high school had one thing to say about her engagement to the Prince – “He is so lucky.”
It seems that Meghan wasn’t the only one who knew that she was destined for greatness. Anytime one of her friends talks about her childhood, they say that there were always “signs” that she was headed down a special life path. And now that she has achieved her dream of acting, everyone from her past couldn’t be prouder of her. Well, how could anyone not be proud of someone who’d accomplished all of that?
Daddy’s Little Girl
Meghan and her father, Thomas, were extremely close when she was growing up. Her dad was always trying to make sure that she had the very best opportunities in life. You can tell by this photo just how bonded they really were. Unfortunately, things have gotten a little heated between the two over the past several years, although they still love each other very much, no matter what’s going on at the moment.
While there are several different stories about what happened between Meghan and her father swirling around the rumor mill, there is no denying that they have hit a rift in their relationship. Thomas Markle even reportedly hung up on the Prince during an angry phone call years ago. Hopefully, the two will work everything out soon!
Meghan and her Baby Nephew
Meghan has always been a part of a fairly large family, with all of her extended relatives included, and she’s always been super close to most of them. Check out young Meg as an aunt with her adorable little nephew! Now that she’s married to Harry, she has royal nieces and nephews too!
A few years back, when the Duchess and her husband reached out to George via social media with a cute (yet informal) birthday message, the couple received backlash by the thousands. The controversy at hand? The young couple didn't use his official title in the message. Would you call your nephew by his “title?” Or would you simply call him by his name?
Meghan Feeding the Ducks at the Park
You may be wondering what young Meghan is doing standing here with a bag of popcorn. But if you look closely behind her, you’ll see all of the happy ducks swimming on the other side of the fence. They’re happy because she and her parents used to visit and feed them all sorts of treats, like bread and crackers.
We love how she’s rocking the Disney shirt with jeans and flats. It’s a good reminder to the world that she’s not so different from the rest of us, or at least – she hasn’t always been. It also goes to show just how far her sense of style has evolved!
This stunning image is a picture of Meghan from her days at Northwestern University School of Communications, where she attended after graduating high school. The Duchess earned her 4-year bachelor’s degree with a double major in international studies and theatre. She kept herself extra busy in school by joining the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She also spent one semester in Madrid for a study-abroad program.
The actress devoted a lot of her free time to participate in extracurricular, like the additional theatre program (of course!) As an international relations major, she even got the opportunity to work as an intern at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires. That seems like a fitting background for a Duchess!
Meghan, in her Catholic School Girl Uniform
Honestly, when you heard that the Duchess attended an all-girls Catholic school, you had to know that the uniforms were a part of that experience. But this is no scene from "Cruel Intentions" because apparently, Meghan is basically a saint – and always has been. Not a single person that she went to school with would have anything bad to say about her, at least, according to one of her former classmates, that is.
Meghan went to all of the best schools in Los Angeles, starting from when she was just 2 years old. By the time she made it to Immaculate Heart high school, she had already blossomed into a truly amazing person. She missed her 10-year class reunion due to the fact that she was in labor with the newest addition to the royal family. Something tells us that none of her classmates were too upset with her!
She Dated Regular Guys
Even though she’s totally hit the jackpot with her current husband, she still played the field as a younger woman. There are plenty of pictures floating around out there from her with arm candy at a dance or on other special occasions. She’s seen here in her pre-Suits days, with a man who is thought to be the Maître D’ of the steakhouse where she and her friends were celebrating after graduating from Northwestern University.
During her time in college, the actress was already auditioning for as many small parts as she could to gain experience and get her foot in the door while simultaneously earning her degree. One of the roles she landed was as a nurse at "General Hospital," the soap opera. She kept working as hard as she could, and in 2011, it paid off in the form of her major break as Rachel Zane.
Laughing with a Friend
Here’s an awesome, candid snapshot of a teenage Meghan hanging out with her friend during the summertime. Friends were never something that the Duchess ever had any shortage of. That probably has something to do with the fact that everyone thinks the world of her.
Meghan was incredibly popular at almost every school she went to. At her high school, she was nominated for both Homecoming, and Prom Queen, the former of which she won, and the latter unfortunately went to someone else. But she didn’t let the loss get to her and congratulated her competition with love since that’s just the type of person she is. According to her old schoolmates, finding anyone who has a bad word to say about her is an impossible task.
Little Meghan Picnicking with Mom
Meghan has always had an extremely close relationship with her mom, Doria. In fact, she was one of the few people who knew about her daughter’s engagement before the Prince proposed. According to "People Magazine," Harry, being the perfect gentleman that he is, made sure to ask her for Meghan’s hand in marriage before asking the actress herself. Awww!
The official announcement of the royal engagement was made in late November of 2017. Subsequently, Meghan made an announcement of her own, stating that she would be retiring from the acting industry. Well, yeah! We know that it was always her dream and all, but she accomplished it, and we’d say that she has a lot more on her plate these days, wouldn’t you? As you can imagine, it would be pretty difficult to manage both being a member of the British royal family and an actress in Hollywood.
Driving Across the Country with her Girl
This photo was taken during a trip across the country that Meghan took with her best friend at the time, Ninaki Priddy. The women were celebrating their college graduation and decided to make several stops throughout the country. The journey began in Chicago and led them all the way out to California. Unfortunately, things between the two women aren’t as friendly these days.
When Priddy got word of Markle’s estranged half-sister, Samantha, releasing a tell-all book that would paint a not-so-pretty version of the Duchess, she knew she had to speak up. But what she had to say came as a surprise to many. Priddy told the Daily Mail that while Markle has never done anything intentionally malicious to her sister, the person that she knew when this picture was taken “isn’t there anymore.”
Sorority Sister Group Pic
Here, Meghan gets together with her Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters for an adorable group photo. She was a part of the sorority at her alma mater from 2000-2003 and always made a point to be as involved as possible with all of their events and outings. Of course, it was during this time that she also started taking on her first small roles in Hollywood.
After the newly married royal couple announced their engagement, Laura Wayward, from Northwestern’s Alumni Association, reached out on social media to congratulate the former student. Surprisingly, she included in her note that the royal family already sort of had a connection to that school, pre-Meghan, and Harry. As it turns out, Princess Diana visited the campus in the mid-’90s.
Class Picture from Northwestern
All of these photos from her college days prove that Meghan has always been beautiful. But it’s what her ex-schoolmates have to say about her that really makes her shine. The sorority that she was a part of was built on the foundation of inspiring others, so it definitely seems like she made the right choice in houses!
One of Meghan’s former sorority sisters, Cari Hahn, told Express.co.uk that all of the sisters were incredibly passionate about helping their community and giving back. Hahn also noted that she believes the Duchess still embodies those sentiments to this day. From everything that we’ve seen so far about her, we would definitely have to agree. Hahn’s statements prove that Meghan has been philanthropic throughout her life.
She Partied in College (Duh)
While some may think it’s unbefitting of a Duchess to have photos of her wearing a Playboy bunny tank top floating around, Meghan has nothing to hide. Although according to some of her friends, she wasn’t always a goody-two-shoes type. In fact, she actually had quite the wild streak in college. Well, wild by her standards, anyway.
The communications major had to work her way through school but couldn’t find many good jobs due to her being under 21. The solution? One of Meghan’s former sorority sisters reported during an interview that she used a fake ID. While she did use it to drink with her friends at the bars on occasion, she initially got it so she could get a job working at a club.
Junior High School Yearbook Picture
It may interest you to know that the Duchess of Sussex’s name at birth was actually completely different from the one everyone uses these days. Meghan was born as Rachel Meghan Markle, but she liked the sound of the latter, so she dropped her legal first name altogether. In her middle school days, she had a huge smile and curly locks.
All of her friends and former classmates from her days as a teen have nothing negative to say about the person that she was in those days. She was just a normal girl at this point, who enjoyed wearing jeans and t-shirts and hanging out with her family for movie night in the living room. And even though she knew she wanted more out of life, she probably couldn’t imagine just where she was heading!
Foreshadowing Picture by the Palace
There’s no denying that Meghan Markle has led a pretty exciting life, and that includes her teenage years. Check her out in this picture at 15 years old, on a trip to the UK with her (former) bestie, Ninaki Priddy. She probably had no idea that Buckingham Palace would become such a huge part of her life. But maybe that’s when she started dreaming of becoming a princess.
And according to her half-sister, Samantha, the Duchess did start imagining herself filing royal shoes before she ever met Harry. During one interview, she even went so far as to call her sister a “social climber” and said that she had her intentions set on becoming a princess. Well, if it’s true, she can just add it to the list of dreams that she’s accomplished at such a young age!
Preparing for This Life Since Childhood
It’s pretty amazing to see all of the tell-tale signs of where Meghan was headed in life, looking back at these old photos. Take this one, for instance, in which she is playing the role of flower girl in a family member’s wedding. At just 5 years old, she started prepping for royalty by getting accustomed to uncomfortable lace dresses and being the center of attention when walking down the aisle. Judging by the huge smile on her face, she was having a blast!
A few decades later, she would be walking down the aisle again. This time, however, it would be to marry a prince in a gorgeous, custom-made designer gown that costs more than most cars. Something tells us that no matter how much fun she had as a flower girl, it was nothing compared to being the most talked-about bride in the world. She and Harry officially tied the knot on May 19th, 2018.
She Was a Fan of The Rugrats
As a 90’s kid, it would be pretty hard to imagine that Meghan Markle didn’t like watching Tommy, Chucky, and Angelica’s silly antics on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats. Judging by this picture of her holding her very own Tommy toy, though, it would seem that she was an avid fan of the show. It makes sense that she would be on team Nickelodeon, as well, after making her appearance on Nick News when she was just 12 years old.
But this picture doesn’t just show her adoration of the animated series, but also for her father and brother. Her half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, seen here with the family, reached out to his sister recently to beg her to reconcile things with her father and half-sister, as well as himself. He apparently misses his big sis very much and was heartbroken about not being able to attend the royal wedding.
When Things with Dad Were Great
Meghan clearly had an extremely close relationship with her father when she was growing up. But these days, none of the news about the way things are between the two ever seems very positive. Most brides have their fathers walk them down the aisle on their big day, but Meghan’s father wasn’t even in the building. So, what gives? What happened between them that caused such a huge rift?
In 2018, the Duchess wrote a very personal and heartfelt letter to her father, asking him to please stop believing everything he sees on the internet. In response, Thomas Markle posted the letter all over social media, only causing a further dispute. After the birth of his grandson, reports are that he was not invited to London to meet him, either.
She Spent Her Childhood on Set
One of the most exciting parts of growing up for Meghan was probably the fact that she got to meet celebrities more than most children. After all, her father was the lighting director of some hit shows, and he used to bring her along to work with him. Tom once reported that she would come to sit on the set of "Married With Children" with him every day after school for nearly 10 years. As a result, she got a chance to get this picture taken with Ted McGinley.
McGinley played Jefferson D’Arcy, neighbor and friend of Al, on the hit show. The star still lives in Los Angeles and appears in films to this day. His most recent project was "God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" in 2018. These days, Meghan gets to rub elbows with superstars on a fairly normal basis.
She’s Always Had the Acting Bug
Ever since Meghan could first voice her opinions, she made it very clear that she wanted to be involved in arts and entertainment. Take this adorable photo, in which she’s not even 4 years old yet, and she’s up on stage performing in a play. The actress (all the way on the far-right side) is wearing a super cute swan skirt and her curly hair in pigtail braids. This production was a part of a performance at the Little Red Schoolhouse.
But unlike so many children who get into acting in the Los Angeles area and get sick of it as they grow, Meghan stuck with her guns and pursued her passions. She followed her dreams straight to Hollywood – and then she kept going! These days, she’s an A-lister, alright, but mainly because she’s royalty, now.
One thing you’ll notice about all of the pictures of Meghan before her late high school and college days is her bouncy, curly hair. Her curly locks are an attribute of her being bi-racial, and the strands are a prominent feature in most of her early photos. These days, she chooses to wear her hair straightened more often than not.
Meghan is the first person of mixed heritage to enter into the British royal family. This seems like an incredible and inevitable step towards a brighter, more unified future in the monarchy.
Briefcase Beauty Queen
One of the first big opportunities that came along for Meghan in her acting years was her role as a model on the show "Deal or No Deal." Her job was to stand there with the rest of the gorgeous, briefcase toting beauties and either make someone’s day (or lifetime) or crush their dreams and send them home empty-handed. Although it may not have been a major part, it was still a speaking role on a nationally syndicated show. She stayed with the program for a few years before moving on.
Although some celebrities have been quick to call the Duchess out for seemingly bouncing around from random opportunity to random opportunity – she was just trying to figure out who she was and what life path was best for her. She told "Esquire" magazine that she viewed her role on the show as a learning experience that helped her focus on what she truly wanted to be doing. It would certainly seem that she’s stumbled upon the right path, that’s for sure!
A Princess in a Play
This is another one of those foreshadowing instances that we’re talking about in these rare, old-school photos of Meghan. Here, she wears a crown and holds a rose as she plays a sleeping princess in her school’s production of "Sleeping Beauty." And as it turns out, that wouldn’t be the last time she’d find herself in the role of a princess.
If you search out Meghan’s official royal title, you will find her mainly referred to as the Duchess of Sussex. Technically, however, it turns out that Meghan actually is a princess. Although, she is not to have the official title in her name. So, if this isn’t too confusing, she is a princess, but not “Princess Meghan.”
A Lot Like Love
One of the early acting gigs that Meghan scored was in 2005’s “A Lot Like Love,” which starred Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. She even shared the screen with Ashton briefly in a scene onboard an airplane which is how the main characters ultimately meet in the film. Although her role was brief, she was definitely a shining star in her moments on the screen.
After the engagement to her 'Prince Charming' became public, Meghan stated that she would be leaving showbiz. Meghan said, “I think what’s been so exciting [transitioning] out of my career and into, as you said, the causes I can focus even more energy on, very early out of the gate, [is that you] have a voice that people listen to, a lot of responsibility.”
Her Father Always Inspired Her
Most of the world is aware at this point that Meghan Markle is bi-racial. Her father, Thomas Markle, is of European descent, while her mother is African American. In fact, on her mother’s side, the Duchess is descended from slaves in the South. Meghan has always been very proud of where she comes from, and that’s probably in large part due to how she was raised.
Meghan described in one interview how her father surprised her for Christmas one year when she really wanted this particular Barbie family set. Thomas bought 2 sets and rearranged them so that the dolls took after her own family. She said, “there was a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each color.” Beautiful! Here’s to hoping she and her father are able to work things out in the near future. Meghan has devoted her life to inspiring others, and now she is in the perfect position to be able to do just that for millions of young people all over the world!
She Works to Inspire Young Women
The duchess often uses her celebrity and influence to speak out against racial injustice in the world. She has always been very candid about her struggles as a woman who is mixed in race, and she works so that others may not have to deal with the same type of issues. In one interview, she told of how hard it was for her to find jobs in Hollywood.
The actress apparently struggled to find roles that fit her, saying, “I wasn’t white enough for the white roles, and I wasn’t black enough for the black roles.” To this day, some publications still photoshop her images to make her appear lighter and with fewer freckles. But you can be sure that if she notices it, she’s definitely going to say something about it.
She Gets “It” From Her Mother
Meghan grew up in a family that always worked to make sure she had the best opportunities and directions in life. Her mother and father put her in the best schools and programs and tried to show her the way they thought was best. This meant ensuring that she followed along in mother Doria’s path of higher education.
The actress started out her journey in Hollywood’s premiere preschool before moving up and attending her all-girls Catholic school and, finally, Northwestern University. She may not have received a master’s degree of her own, like her mother, but she’s created a life for herself that doesn’t really require it.
She Has Some Hidden Talents
While it’s no secret that Meghan Markle is a talented actress and a beautiful wife and mother, there are some things about her that may not be so well-known. She’s worked a series of odd jobs and gigs while she was in college and before she made her big break on Suits. Not only did she pick up roles here and there on television, but she also utilized one skill that may not be so common in Hollywood – calligraphy.
Between 2004 and 2005, the actress could be found at a store in Beverly Hills teaching others how to rock some perfect handwriting skills. She also put her talents to good use in other ways, like handwriting the invitations for Robin Thicke’s wedding. Something tells us that her talent in calligraphy is definitely going to come in handy as a royal. The Duchess certainly has quite an extensive list of skills and experience!
How She Styles Herself Without Spending a Fortune
Calligraphy, acting, philanthropy, is there anything she isn’t good at? Among Meghan’s random list of job history and talents lies a fashion line that she launched back in 2016. Before she became a princess, Meghan lived out in Toronto, where Suits was filmed. She linked up with the Canadian retailer, Reitmans, to design a flirty and feminine collection of dresses for their stores.
The beauty of the fashion line was that Meghan had everything to do with it, from inception to creation. Her collection targeted beauties who are on a budget. She reported in an interview that since she knew what it was like to grow up without a ton of money, she wanted to help other women feel beautiful even if they couldn’t spend thousands of dollars on their wardrobe. The collection included several dresses in different styles, from mini to maxi.
She’s an Advocate for Women and Girls
Meghan has accomplished incredible feats by any standards, and she chooses to use the voice she’s created for herself to speak out against inequality. She shrugs off the haters who look down on her for her background as a model and actress. But the truth is, working in those industries only made her stronger and made her want to rally behind women everywhere that much more.
In 2017, she traveled to India to campaign for young girls. A video released by World Vision UK shows the Duchess speaking out against the lack of sanitary bathroom facilities for girls in India’s public schools. These days, she supports a multitude of organizations that work to make conditions better for girls and women around the world. Some of her affiliations include Hubb Community Kitchen and Smart Works.
She Stands Firm in the Political Arena
Even though the Duchess is a member of the British royal family now, she still holds very firmly to her own beliefs. She is incredibly passionate about her stance on equality, and apparently, the prince feels the same way! Now that she holds such a public position, she plans to use her new status to continue to be a voice for women everywhere. In 2015, she delivered a powerful speech at the UN Women Conference where she said, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.” Hillary Clinton, who Meghan has always looked up to, also spoke at the conference.
The Duchess has been seen with several prominent Democratic figures, including former president Barack Obama. She has also met the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. But how does she feel about President Trump? According to her words during an interview on The Nightly Show in 2016, “he’s misogynistic.”
A Princess, But Not “Princess Meghan”
Little girls all over America dream of being a princess someday and Meghan has shown them that anything is possible! But officially speaking, she won’t be claiming the formal title of Princess. Rather, when she and Harry tied the knot, they became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Technically speaking, though, she’s still considered a princess. Confusing, we know! Incredibly, Meghan wasn’t the first woman (or actress, even) in America to live the dream.
Grace Kelly is a gorgeous actress that graced the screens back in the 1950s. And in the same way that Meghan captured Prince Harry’s heart, Grace stole the heart of Prince Rainer of Monaco. The two were married, and the starlet was then known as Princess Grace. But that isn’t the only thing the Royals have in common – they also both quit acting after the nuptials. But hey, if being a princess isn’t the role of a lifetime, we don’t know what is!
She Might Have a Column in Vogue
The Duchess is reportedly working closely with everyone at "Vogue" to promote her philanthropy in their magazine. She recently worked as a guest editor for a spread in which she chose 16 of the most influential women around the world. The editors initially asked her to be on the cover, but she thought that it would come off rather rash, so she opted to feature the other women instead.
The spread apparently went over so well that she has been asked to do a regular column about her charity work and other philanthropic endeavors. There was plenty of drama happening before the royal wedding, that’s for sure. Tensions were high, and scandals arose at what seemed like the worst time. Find out what happened with Meghan’s family and why they weren’t in attendance on her big day.
She’s a Total Yogi
Meghan has been practicing different types of yoga throughout her entire life. She grew up around it, as her mother Doria teaches it for a living. You can see her impressive warrior-like pose here, but that’s nothing compared to what she’s capable of doing. In one recent interview, she even went so far as to call yoga “her thing.” And judging by all of the incredible pictures of her posing, it definitely is.
One photo that has actually been removed from her social media since the wedding shows her doing a backbend pose with her leg up in the air next to the water on a rocky beach. "Daily Mail" also published an article that shows her in several advanced poses, including one of her in an advanced wheel pose. She told, "Canada Women’s Health Magazine" in 2015 that yoga is “in her blood” and revealed that a perfect day of hers must include at least one session – right before enjoying a yummy sashimi lunch. That does sound pretty amazing! Her relationship with her father can sort of be described as “the dragon and the dove.” On the one hand, they were extremely close at one point, and they love each other very much. But these days, things between them are anything but lovely.
There is no question that Meghan is a family-oriented person, as she has an incredibly close bond with her mother still today. Unfortunately, her becoming one of the most famous women in the world means that some family drama has been coming to light in the press, too. Since long before she tied the knot to Prince Harry, the media has not been too kind to some members of the Markle clan.
Meghan’s brother, Thomas Markle Jr., has had his fair share of bad news. In 2017, he was taken into custody for pointing a gun at someone, and in January of this year, he was arrested for a DUI. Tom’s ex-wife Tracy told "The Daily Mail" that he had issues with alcohol but that he really doesn’t want his negative press to embarrass the Duchess. But things between the half-siblings are on the rocks these days. Read on to find out more about what’s going on between Meghan and her family these days.
Meghan’s Estranged Family Members
The Duchess has dodged repeated attempts of sabotage by multiple family members, including her father and her half-sister, Samantha Grant. Samantha, who shares a father with Meghan, admits that her relationship with the former Suits star has been non-existent for at least the past 10 years. Grant has been diagnosed with MS and is currently restricted to a wheelchair. Her tell-all book, "The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister," has changed its title to "A Tale of Two Sisters." But it isn’t just her sister who she hasn’t spoken to in a very long time.
Meghan’s relationship with her father’s side of the family has been rocky for some time now. When she gave birth to her son, Archie, and celebrated with the royal family and her mother, Doria. But her father, brother, and sister were nowhere in sight. It may have something to do with the fact they have continuously tried to humiliate her publicly. Luckily, some of her relatives have reached out to apologize.
More Family Drama
Thomas Markle was accused of staging several pictures before the royal wedding, which made it seem as though he was indeed getting ready to fly out to London. The accusations are one of a series of unfortunate steps Meghan’s father took to embarrass the Duchess in the media. Her new family members at Kensington Palace are not having any of it, either. One source told reporters that everyone is just ready for the drama to end.
Meanwhile, Samantha Grant’s book hit the stands, which probably made Meghan a bit nervous. After all, she already made a very public announcement about her feelings for her sister, including that she sees her as a shallow “social climber” that has always wanted to be a princess. Grant got herself an agent for the book who mentioned that it was “very well written.”
Meghan’s Anti-Semitic Niece
Luckily, Harry was able to look past the incident in which Meghan’s young niece, Noel Rasmussen, had some undesirable writing from her past uncovered. The bizarre notes show that the (then) 18-year-old had some pretty dark interests, including antisemitism. One piece of writing that was unearthed also showed that at one point, she tried to “sell her soul.” Each note was accompanied by a visual representation of anti-semitic memorabilia.
One family member told Radar Magazine that Noel’s room was full of all kinds of stuff and that she flew off the handle when her sister, Samantha, showed concern. But things got even darker with the young girl when yet another piece of writing was found within her belongings that described a dark fantasy about blowing up a building. Man, this chick really does have some issues. Hopefully, she was able to get the help she clearly needed.
She Loves her American Roots
While some members of the royal family may consider Meghan to be a little too Americanized, she isn’t about to change herself for anyone. She’s proud of who she is and where she comes from and knows that it’s what makes her so strong (and opinionated!)
Apparently, the late Duke of Edinburgh approved, too, with a source saying that he liked the Duchess because “she’s bold.” Word is it’s because Archie already spends enough time around his British family, and she wants him to be well-rounded, just like his mom.
Leaked Nudes Almost Wreak Havoc
From the outside looking in, Meghan seems to have everything very much together. She’s married to the prince, and she’s just had a royal baby. Everything in her life seems to be exactly where it should be. But it hasn’t always been that way. Before the royal wedding, rumors began circulating that some nude photos of the "Suits" star on vacation were floating around the web. As you can imagine, the Queen and the rest of the royal family were probably not too pleased about this, but a nude photo scandal doesn’t have quite the same impact in 2019 as it did in 1940. After all, many prominent figures and celebrities have dealt with this, including the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and Prince Harry himself.
In fact, Meghan isn’t even the only current Duchess to deal with leaked nudes. Kate Middleton, AKA the Duchess of Cambridge, went through her own media scandal back in 2012 when she was photographed sunbathing topless in the south of France. Things actually got so heated that at one point, there were talks of lawsuits in the works. Luckily, things eventually died down, and everyone lived happily ever after.
Those Close to Her Think She’s Funny
Meghan may not have had the most positive media leading up to her marriage to Prince Harry, but those that know her best say that she’s genuinely a good person. But it isn’t just her heart that draws people to her. Apparently, she has quite a funny streak, as well – just ask the queen. According to an insider who accompanied the royal family on an overnight train trip, the duchess made Queen Elizabeth laugh so hard that she even “snorted” a little. The insider made sure to note that that very seldom happens when the queen is working.
It’s no wonder the duchess is funny, or else according to Harry’s friends; he wouldn’t have even considered marrying her. Friends of the prince say that he’s a bit of a free-spirit (at least, according to royal standards) and that he wouldn’t want to be with anyone boring. Someone that used to work with the duchess went so far as to say that she is “wicked funny.” She must be if she can make the Queen of England snort-laugh! It’s too bad no one was there to catch that on video.
She Was Married Once Before
Once upon a time, before the duchess was happily married to the handsome red-headed prince, she was wed to a tall, blonde film producer. This is a shot of Meghan in her past life when she was an actress in Hollywood and married to Trevor Engelson, a talent manager and producer in Tinsel Town.
Meghan and Trevor tied the knot in 2011 after dating for 7 years. But 2 years later, they ended things, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the cause. But an insider reports that Meghan is the one who actually called things off and even said that it happened “very suddenly.” Some rumors suggest that Engelson is working on producing a comedy about divorce that is centered around the royals. We’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled for that one!
Check Out That Rock
It’s not uncommon for a new bride to fall in love with the new rock on her finger. You know the drill – posting one too many pictures of themselves holding things closeup on social media, along with basically shoving their hands in their friend’s faces to ensure they’ve gotten a good look. But no matter how nice any of them thought their rings were, we’re pretty sure they didn’t have anything on the one that Harry gave Meghan when he proposed in 2017. It’s no wonder the duchess couldn’t stop staring at her fingers. After all, there are pieces of Princess Diana’s ring in the one she’s wearing.
Prince Harry designed Meghan’s engagement ring himself, and he spared no expense – or detail. But unlike most members of the royal family, Harry’s taste is a bit more modern. The prince picked out a trilogy ring, which ended up costing over $150,000. Although, considering the fact Diana’s stones were added, the piece is priceless. The ring has been referred to as the most famous engagement ring in the world.
An Adorable Engagement Story
If you’re expecting some outrageous engagement tale of how the prince rented out an entire city to propose to the duchess, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you’re a fan of sweet stories of two people who quite obviously love each other – settle in because the way Harry proposed to Meghan is way too cute. The duchess told "Town and Country Magazine" that he got on one knee when they were enjoying a quiet evening at home roasting a chicken. Of course, he waited until he had the full blessing of both the queen and Meghan’s parents before he popped the question.
The couple officially announced their engagement in November of 2017, in an official notice that revealed the royal wedding would be taking place in spring of the following year. During their photo recall at Kensington Palace, one reporter asked Harry when it was that he knew Meghan was “the one.” His response? “The moment I met her.” Could they be any more perfect?
From Cali to Kensington
The prince and the duchess had two very different childhoods. While the former actress grew up in California and spent most of her young years living in Crenshaw, Harry spent his days playing on the lavish, well-manicured lawns of Kensington Palace. And while Meghan’s summers were spent soaking up the rays on the beaches of Los Angeles, now she’s on royal mummy duty and is lucky to find a few seconds to herself each day.
The duchess was recently criticized for her behavior during an appearance at Wimbledon, during which time one official said, “she was a nightmare.” Fans in the area were also not too happy after her bodyguards ordered them not to snap any photos with their cell phones. Apparently, Meghan just wanted to have a nice outing and was sort of over having everyone in her face for pictures. That’s understandable, right?
Oh No, Not the Doggos!
Anyone who has ever gone overseas for a long period of time or tried to take their 4-legged friend on a trip with them to another country is probably aware of just how difficult it is to bring them along. And unfortunately, one of Meghan’s 2 fur babies didn’t make the trip with her to the palace.
Bogart was getting old, and the duchess was worried about all of the tests and things necessary for an animal to move overseas, so the dog stayed in Canada with one of her friends. According to an insider, those dogs mean the world to Meghan, so you can imagine her heartbreak in having to say goodbye. We’re pretty sure that Guy the beagle is the most spoiled dog on the face of the Earth these days, though.
She Has Friends in High Places
Meghan Markle’s sister Samantha once said that the duchess could be very calculated when it comes to creating her circle of friends – and that may be true, considering it’s full of A-listers and other influential people. Just check out this shot of her hanging out at a special tennis match with Serena Williams. Williams and Meghan met in 2014, and she was so impressed with the athlete that she raved about her on her blog, The Tig. Apparently, the women hit it off almost immediately and remain friends to this day.
Recently she’s rumored to have hit it off with Priyanka Chopra, one of India’s most well-known and highest-paid celebs. Chopra also happened to win the Miss World pageant back in 2000. That’s a pretty impressive resume if we don’t say so ourselves! The duchess has also recently been seen hanging out with George Clooney’s gorgeous wife, Amal. It’s no wonder Amal and Meghan hit it off, considering Amal works as a human rights attorney and Meghan is such a philanthropist.
She and Her Mom are Very Close
Things between Meghan and her father’s side of the family may be on the rocks these days, but her relationship with her mother seems to be completely the opposite. Doria, who used to be a yoga instructor before entering the field of social work, lives in California, still in the same house that the duchess grew up in.
Baby Archie was born to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the first week of May in 2019. Technically, he was born as an “earl,” although Meghan and Harry decided that they wanted a more normal life for him and therefore withheld the official title. He will no doubt appreciate that when he gets a bit older! Meanwhile, Doria was right there by her daughter’s side after the birth. And apparently, Harry is pretty fond of having her around, too, and was once quoted as saying that he thinks she’s “amazing.”
Yoga is, and Always Has Been, Her Go-To Workout
According to insiders, before Meghan was pregnant with baby Archie (and even for a while when she was,) fitness was one of the most important things in her daily regimen. Running around the park for cardio wasn’t anything out of the norm. But these days, she’s reportedly kicking back at Frogmore Cottage and taking things much easier. The one thing that’s definitely still on her post-baby workout list? Yoga!
The idea to practice yoga postpartum came from her mother, Doria, who did the same after giving birth to her. As Meghan continued with yoga throughout her pregnancy, baby Archie was a yogi before he ever even stepped foot into the world!
She’s Played Maid of Honor
With all eyes on Meghan during her beautiful wedding ceremony with Prince Harry, some people may not remember that at one point, she was someone else’s maid-of-honor. In 2016, she stood by her friend Lindsay’s side in a sleek peach-colored bridesmaid dress and watched as she tied the knot to another one of their friends. She posted this adorable photo of the occasion to her Instagram account afterwards. Little did she know then that just a few years later, she would be getting married to her actual Prince Charming.
Luckily, Lindsay chose elegant dresses for her bridesmaids to wear, which doesn’t happen all so often, considering the stigma surrounding the horror of what you’ll get stuck with wearing if you enter into that role. And speaking of bridesmaids, Meghan Markle’s helpers – all of whom were under the age of 10 – looked adorable walking down the aisle. Among the girls were Princess Charlotte and Zalie Warren.
She Loves to Laugh
If Meghan didn’t have an awesome sense of humor, she wouldn’t have ended up with Harry, according to an inside source. The prince was looking for someone that could make him laugh, and he definitely found that in the former Suits star. Check out this picture of her with a buddy, Markus Anderson, from her 2016 birthday celebration. It looks like the pair were having a pretty good time goofing around when she posted this on Instagram.
But who exactly is Markus Anderson, and how does the duchess know him? Anderson works as a consultant for Soho House, a members-only club for creatives. In fact, it was at one of the club’s houses that he set up the first introduction between Meghan and Harry. They are all apparently still good friends, and Meghan posted about how close she and Anderson are on social media, saying, “what would I do without you?”
She’s Dedicated to Serving Humanity
It’s no secret that Meghan has a huge heart and is deeply involved in charity work. The duchess has been using her voice for good since before she was even 13 years old. Now that she’s one of the most famous women on Earth, she’s only stepped up her philanthropic game. Some of her recent work involves her taking on the role of youth counselor for One Young World in 2014 and 2016. She also supports the Myna Mahila Foundation, which works to ensure sanitary conditions for young women in 3rd world countries.
It seems that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex share their love of all thing’s philanthropy, as well. Harry has a charity of his own that he established back in 2006 known as Sentebale. His group’s main initiative is to help children living with HIV and AIDS in Botswana. Until 2019, they shared a charitable foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, called The Royal Foundation, too, but they made the split so that they can start one of their very own.
Hanging Out with Her Best Friend
While Markus Anderson may have given them the space to get to know each other, it may have actually been Meghan’s best friend and fellow actress, Priyanka Chopra, that we have to thank for initially introducing her to the prince. The women met at an all-women’s event for "ELLE" in 2016 and they immediately hit it off. There are plenty of pictures of the two hanging out on each other’s social media accounts. Regarding their relationship, Priyanka said, “we just became friends, like two girls would.”
Priyanka got married herself, to pop star Nick Jonas in a lavish ceremony in India. The event took place in December 2018 and was one of the most highly anticipated weddings of the year. But even though Priyanka was in attendance at Meghan’s nuptials, the duchess couldn’t make it out to support her bestie on her big day. Luckily, the Bollywood actress was understanding of Meg’s situation. After all, it’s pretty demanding to be a member of the royal family.
She's Always Been Adorable!
Here's a young Meghan posing for a school photo. What a sweetie! You wouldn't guess from this innocent classroom portrait that one day she'd domineer over her future prince husband.
This claim comes from a supposed "palm reading expert" who told "Express" in February 2018 that Meghan has a rare line in the palm of her hand which indicates that she is intensely ambitious and will do whatever it takes to get her way. “She will be terrified of failure, very bossy and dominating by using charm, wit and drama to get what she wants" from Prince Harry, the "psychic" claimed.