At just 36 years of age, Los Angeles, California’s Meghan Markle has already accomplished a great deal. She has been a successful model, actress, and staunch supporter of several humanitarian causes.
Many of her fans know her for her portrayal of Rachel Zane on the USA network’s legal drama, Suits. Markle also made a name for herself playing special agent Amy Jessup on the Fox sci-fi series, Fringe.
However, despite having achieved a great deal of notoriety as a television star, Markle is best known as the girlfriend (now fiancée) of one of the most high-profile men in all of Europe. That’s right; she is engaged to England’s Prince Henry of Wales, who is better known as Prince Harry.
The couple first made headlines when they began dating in June of 2016. The relationship ignited something of a media frenzy, though through it all their relationship persevered. In fact, the two would become officially engaged on November 27, 2017.
However, before Markle and the Prince became an item, she was rumored to be dating pro golfer Rory Mcllroy. The rumor was never confirmed, and the two maintained that they were just friends. Whatever the nature of their relationship was, it’s unlikely that they’ll be hanging out once Markle becomes a princess. Fortunately, we have 15 steamy photos of Mcllroy’s pal, that prove Prince Harry is one lucky guy.
15 Strike A Pose
Meghan Markle is actually a descendant of English nobility. On her father side, she is the descendant of John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford. Hussey was a member of the House of Lords and also served as the Chamberlain to Mary Tutor, who would later become Mary I Queen of England. Interestingly enough, Markle’s ancestor was beheaded for treason at the order of King Henry VIII (Mary’s father).
Royal History: Mary I reigned for almost 5 years, from July 1553 until her death in November of 1558. She is best remembered for trying to restore Roman Catholicism in England by attempting to overturn the English Reformation, which was started by her father, Henry VIII. She was known for having dissenters burned at the stake, which earned her the nickname, “Bloody Mary.”
In the past, Markle has worked with the United Nations Entity Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. As the rather long name might suggest, the organization is focused on empowering women around the world; an issue the future Princess is passionate about. Besides gender equality, Meghan Markle also gives speeches on topics like modern-day slavery. Her impending status as royalty may help her shed further light on some of these issues.
Royal History: King John ruled over England from 1177 until his death in 1216. During his reign as King John lost the area known as the Duchy of Normandy (a part of modern-day France) to France. Following his war with France, John had to deal with an uprising from his barons, due to his fiscal policies. He is often portrayed as a villain in popular stories, such as the Walt Disney cartoon, Robin Hood.
13 Swimsuit Fun
Meghan Markle is no stranger to Hollywood. In fact, she quite literally grew up there. The brunette actress attended private schools in the Hollywood area from the age of 5. Markle attended both Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and Immaculate Heart High School (an all-girl private Catholic school) in her youth. The future humanitarian would go on to attend Northwestern University (in Illinois) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 2003.
Royal History: Elizabeth I of England is one of the nation’s best-known monarchs. She reigned from 1558 until 1603. The time of her reign is often referred to as the Elizabethan Era. During this era, English drama flourished under playwrights such as William Shakespeare. Moreover, her defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 is widely considered one of the greatest victories in England’s military history.
12 Briefcase In Red
A fact that only die-hard Markle fans likely remember, is that the future princess appeared on the popular game show, Deal or No Deal as briefcase holder (aka a model with a suitcase) for 4 episodes. She was technically the holder of case number 24 during her brief stint on the show back in 2007. This image shows the popular television personality holding a briefcase while posing in her stylish red dress.
Royal History: Henry Tutor, who is better known as Henry VIII is probably best known for having had six wives, two of which he had beheaded. In his prime, he was considered a charismatic and competent ruler. However, as he aged, Henry VIII became morbidly obese and was known for being somewhat harsh and lustful.
11 Doing Some Yoga
This photo shows Meghan Markle executing the popular yoga pose "mermaid". Apparently, yoga runs in the family, as Markle’s mother is also a practitioner. In fact, her mom, Doria Ragland, is also a yoga instructor when she isn’t working as a psychotherapist. The Suits star's dad is named Thomas Markle. He is an award-winning lighting director who has worked on iconic shows such as the popular sitcom, Married… with Children.
Royal History: King Richard III sat on the throne of England from June 26, 1483, until his death on August 22, 1485. Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, thus making him the last English king to die on the battlefield. Fans of theatre will also remember him as the subject of the Shakespeare play, Richard III.
10 One Smart Lady
Megan Markle is a descendant (on her father’s side) of Captain Christopher Hussey, who was chosen by King Charles II in 1679 to become governor (or govern) the Royal Province of Hampton, New Hampshire (located in what is now the United States). Christopher Hussey is credited as being one of the founding fathers of the island of Nantucket. Markle’s great-great-great grandmother Marry Hussey Smith, was a direct descendant of the Captian.
Royal History: Edward V was a boy king in 1483, who was never officially crowned. He was the son of Edward IV and the nephew of Richard III, the latter of which had him deposed and his claim to throne revoked. Edvard V, along with his brother Richard of Shrewsbury, were sent to the Tower of London in 1483 and were never seen publicly again.
9 Photogenic Star
As of 2016, Meghan Markle has been serving as the global ambassador for World Vision Canada. According to the organization's website, they are “a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice." During her time with the organization, Markle has been leading the charge to help bring clean drinking water to the country of Rwanda.
Royal History: King George III is something of a polarizing monarch who reigned from 1760 to 1820. He was king during the American Revolutionary War, which resulted in the United States winning their Impendence from Great Britain. While he may have lost the American colonies, the English monarch’s armies helped defeat the famous French general Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo.
8 Fall Collection
Outside of her relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle is probably best known for playing the role of Rachel Zane on the USA network’s popular television show, Suits. Her character works as a paralegal at Pearson Headman. Zane desperately wants to be an attorney but struggles with test anxiety and can’t pass the LSAT (a test one needs to pass before becoming an attorney). She eventually passes the test and is an attorney as of season 7. Markle has publicly stated that she will be leaving the show following her marriage, in order to focus on humanitarian work.
Royal History: Edward the VI was the only son of Henry VIII and became king, following his father’s death, at the age of 9. His reign lasted for around 6 years (1547-1553) before he died of unknown illness.
7 Silver Lady
At this point, seemingly everyone knows that Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry. However, this won’t be her first wedding. That’s because the actress was previously married to another actor by the name of Trevor Engleson. The two began dating in 2004 before officially tying the knot roughly 7 years later in September of 2011. Engelson and Markle were officially divorced in August of 2013.
Royal History: Diana Spencer, who is better known as Diana, Princess of Wales is the mother of Prince Harry and was married to Charles, Prince of Wales from 1981 until their divorce in 1996. She is known for her charity work and helping raise awareness to help folks affected by things like mental illness and cancer. Spencer was tragically killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997.
6 Hanging With Jessica Mulroney
In this photo, Meghan Markle can be seen with her best friend, Canadian fashion stylist, Jessica Mulroney (formerly known as Jessica Brownstein)While Mulroney is a major player in Canada’s fashion scene, she allegedly hasn’t been formally involved in helping the future princess with her outfit selections. Markle and Mulroney bonded over their shared passion for yoga and even vacationed in Italy together. The fashion guru has been known to make appearances (such as this one) on Markle’s Instagram page, from time to time.
Royal History: Edward IV was King of England for around 20 years between 1461 until his death in 1483. He helped the Yorks (his house) temporarily gain the upper hand in the War of the Roses (an English civil war) and was the 1st Yorkish King of England.
5 USA Network
This image shows Markle making an appearance at a USA network event. USA is the channel that features Suits, which, as we know, Meghan Markle stars in. Suits premiered back on June 23, 2011. The show has released 7 seasons for a total of 102 episodes, thus far. Several of the show’s stars have been nominated for awards including Gina Torres, who won an NHMC Impact Award for Outstanding Performance In A Television Series in 2013. In fact, their have even been rumours of Torre’s character (Jessica Pearson) getting her own spin-off series.
Royal History: James I was King of England from 1567-1625, following the death of Elizabeth I. Historians consider James to be a peaceful monarch who tried to keep England out of religious conflicts.
4 The Shoot
While Meghan Markle is best know (as an actress) for playing Rachel Zane of USA’s Suits, she has appeared in several other popular television shows over the course of her career. Folks may recognize the future royal from her appearances on shows like Fringe, Knightrider (the 2009 remake), and 90210 (the 2008 remake). She made her television debut all the way back in 2002, when she appeared in one episode of the popular soap opera, General Hospital, as a minor character named Jill.
Royal History: Elizabeth II is the reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, a title she has held since February of 1952. While the English monarchy no longer has any formal power, Elizabeth (and the royal family in general) remains a popular and influential figure among her subjects.
3 A Lovely Feature
Markle is best known as a television actress. However, she has also had small roles in several well-known feature films. She first appeared as a passenger on a plane in the 2005 romantic comedy, A Lot Like Love, which featured Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. She also had a small part in another rom-com, 2010’s Remember Me, starring Robert Pattinson. The biggest movie that she’s been involved with to date, is the dark comedy, Horrible Bosses, in which Markle played a character named Jamie.
Royal History: As the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon was the Queen of England from 1509 until their divorce in 1533. She was previously married to King Henry’s older brother, Arthur, before his death. She was succeeded by Henry’s 2nd wife Anne Boleyn, which was the source of a great deal of controversy at the time.
2 The Wall
Markle is a major advocate for women’s rights. As a child, she was offended by a Proctor & Gamble add which featured the slogan promoting dish soap which stated, “ Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” Believing the slogan was sexist, the young Markle wrote a letter to women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred and Hillary Clinton (who was 1st lady on the United States at the time) regarding the issues. The company would eventually change the slogan to, “People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
Royal History: Prince Harry’s father is Prince Charles who is heir to the Britsh throne. Like Harry’s soon to be wife, Prince Charles is also involved in Humanitarian work. He established The Prince’s Trust in 1976; an organization which focuses on providing aid (often financial) to young people.
1 She's An Angel
Prince Harry officially proposed to Meghan Markle on November 27, 2017. The ring given to the actress had three diamonds, two of were from the personal collection of the Prince’s mother, Diana, Princess of Whales. After the two wed, sometime in May of 2018, they are expected to reside at Nottingham Cottage in London. Markle will maintain her US citizenship, while also becoming a British citizen.
Royal History: Richard I or Richard the Lionheart reigned from 1189 until his death in 1199. He is arguably best known for being a commander during the 3rd crusade. Despite winning several battles, he failed to retake Jerusalem. Interestingly enough, the king spends almost his entire reign on Crusade. In fact, there are some sources that suggest he spent as little as six months in England during his time as king.