MEGHAN Markle was Hollywood star before her and Prince Harry went public with their relationship.
The happy couple got married on May 19, 2018 and became the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex – here we take a look at her life before royalty.
Where was Meghan Markle born? What is her real name?
Meghan, 37, was born on August 4, 1981.
Her full name was actually Rachel Meghan Markle – interestingly Rachel was also the name of her character on TV series Suits.
She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
From age five, she was educated at private schools – first at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and later at Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl, private Catholic school in Los Angeles.
What nationality are her parents Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle?
Meghan describes her parents as “coming from little” but they were able to privately educated her in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.
Doria is African-American, while Meghan’s father is Dutch-Irish, and their difference in skin tone led to the family receiving racial abuse when she was younger.
The actress has said that because her mother is black with dreadlocks, and she passes as Caucasian, she often received hurtful comments about whether Doria was her real mum.
What has Meghan said about her ethnicity?
In an article for Elle magazine, Meghan wrote: “Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.”
“While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that.
“To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”
What does Meghan say about her dad in a video of her as a teenager?
A teenage Meghan told of her fractured relationship with her father in a candid home video shot by her best friend.
The actress was filmed by Ninaki Priddy as they drove around Los Angeles chatting about an upcoming audition.
But as they neared divorced dad Thomas’s home in the city the mood changed — and Prince Harry’s fiancée said: “We aren’t going to go there.”
More Meghan and Prince Harry news
Meghan confided in a pal about her difficult relationship with dad Thomas — saying: “We aren’t on the best of terms.”
The candid admission was caught on film as an 18-year-old Meghan and then best friend Ninaki Priddy filmed themselves driving around Los Angeles.
The footage, shot when Meghan was an aspiring actress, gives an extraordinary glimpse into the past of Prince Harry’s fiancee.