17 Interesting Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry

 
23 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry

Actress, activist, entrepreneur — she may be best known as the Duchess of Sussex now, but before she married Prince Harry and became a mother to baby Archie, Meghan Markle led an accomplished, busy life in her own right.

Though she was best known as an actress — most prominently as Rachel Zane in the American legal drama Suits — before she married into the royal family, Meghan also had plenty of other items in her long list of accomplishments before earning her royal title, including a double major in theatre and international studies, a job as a freelance calligrapher, and a successful lifestyle blog! And if you're wondering what else the Duchess was up to before finding her fairytale romance, here's what Meghan Markle's life was really like before she met Prince Harry:

She was a self-described California girl.

Born and raised in L.A., Meghan had a decidedly more relaxed childhood than her fiancĂ©. Her given name was actually Rachel Meghan Markle, meaning she shares a first name with her Suits character.

Meghan has two half-siblings from her dad's previous marriage but didn't see them much as they were more than a decade older than her.

She got into TV early on.

Thomas Markle worked as an Emmy award-winning lighting director, and he often would bring his youngest daughter to the set. Meghan attended the private, all-girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, so the experience definitely contrasted with her education.

"Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married ... with Children, which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up," she told Esquire in 2013. "There were a lot of times my dad would say, 'Meg, why don't you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-colour for your 11-year-old eyes.'"

She was a feminist from a young age.

At age 11, Meghan was working on a homework assignment about commercials when she heard an Ivory dishwashing soap ad aimed solely at women. "I don't think it's right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything," she said at the time.

Meghan's dad encouraged her to write to the most powerful people she could think of, including company representatives, Hillary Clinton, Gloria Allred, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee. It worked: Procter & Gamble changed the slogan from "Women all over America" to "People all over America" a few days later.

She started doing yoga at seven years old.

Thanks to her yoga instructor mom, Meghan's love of yoga started from an early age. The mother-daughter duo started doing mommy-and-me yoga when Meghan was just seven years old. "I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, 'Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time,'" Meghan told Best Health Magazine. "In college, I started doing it more regularly." She's now an avid fan, and does yoga regularly to stay in shape!

At one point she considered going into politics.

Ever ambitious, Meghan also secured an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina during her junior year. "Our Secretary of the Treasury at the time, Paul O'Neill, was there, so I'm 20 years old, in Buenos Aires, in a motorcade, doing that whole thing," she told Marie Claire in 2013. "I thought for sure I would still have a career in politics."

She was on Deal or No Deal — but she hated it.


Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry


Although she booked her first audition while still in college, Meghan dealt with the turbulence of the industry just like anyone else. She told Marie Claire she did a pilot every season before Suits. While auditioning for shows, she once worked as a briefcase girl on the game show Deal or No Deal.

"I was the ill-fated number 26, which for some reason no one would ever choose," she told Esquire in 2013. "I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down."

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