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For Meghan Markle’s birthday – 20 facts about the main force majeure of the British royal family


On August 4, the Duchess of Sussex and former actress Meghan Markle celebrates her 41st birthday. In the new issue of the weekly HELLO.RU column about monarchs, we have collected 20 curious facts about Prince Harry’s wife that you might not know.

1. Her real name is Rachel Meghan Markle, and her first name is the same as the heroine of the Suits series that made her famous.

2. Her parents are African American Doria Ragland and American Thomas Markle. Her father is an Emmy award-winning television lighting designer, and her mother lives in Los Angeles and works as a social worker and yoga instructor. “She specifically chose to work with the geriatric community,” Megan said of her mother.

3. “I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am a girl from California who lives by the belief that most problems can be cured with yoga, the beach or a few avocados,” she once wrote. True, this was before she became a member of the British royal family.

4. At the age of 12, Megan wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble criticizing a “sexist” dishwashing liquid ad. It said that “women across America are struggling with greasy pots and pans.” The company went towards the future duchess and changed “women” to “people”.

5. In 2003, Markle received a bachelor’s degree in dual majors in theater and international studies from Northwestern University in Illinois. She partially paid for her education herself, thanks to part-time work and various scholarships.

6. She is an accomplished calligrapher, and from 2004 to 2005 even taught calligraphy at the Paper Source stationery store in Beverly Hills.

7. At the age of 20, Megan got, with the help of her uncle, a former diplomat, an internship at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires. He admitted to the Mail that he knew the ambassador and asked him if he could help.

Megan with members of the crew of the series “Force Majeure”

8. In 2002, she made her debut in the series General Hospital. For several years, she simultaneously worked as a fashion model and actress, appearing mainly in episodes of TV series. On the big screen, she appeared in the films Remember Me and Horrible Bosses. In the television series Suits, her character, Rachel Zane, started out as a paralegal and eventually became a lawyer.

9. Megan ran a popular lifestyle blog called The Tig.

10. She calls herself a foodie. This passion, by the way, was inherent in her character Rachel in Suits. Although she comes from California, where everyone is on a diet, in 2017 she admitted to Vanity Fair that she loves soft bread with a crispy crust.

11. The Duchess loves dogs, and before meeting Harry she had two of them: Guy and Bogart. They had to stay in Canada when she moved to the UK. So Meghan got along with the Queen’s corgi at the beginning of her relationship with Harry. During their joint interview with the BBC, he said: “And the corgis immediately accepted her. For the last 33 years, they only barked at me, and she comes in – and nothing at all.” “They lay down on my legs during tea time, it was very nice,” Megan confirmed. Now the Dukes of Sussex in Montecito lives a labrador named Pula.

One of the couple’s first joint public appearances at the “Undefeated Games”

12. On one of their first dates, the lovers met in a London supermarket, pretending to be unfamiliar. As Harry recently revealed on the Armchair Expert podcast, they texted each other from opposite sides of the aisle.

13. In a pre-wedding interview, Meghan revealed that Harry proposed to her while they were preparing dinner. “We were just roasting chicken. And it was an amazing surprise. It was so sweet, natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee.”

14. Prince Harry had to ask his grandmother for permission to marry Miss Markle. Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royalty cannot marry without the monarch’s permission. Amendments passed by Parliament in 2013 relaxed this rule for future generations, but the first six people in line to the throne still have to get the Queen’s approval. Among them is the youngest grandson of Elizabeth II.

15. Due to the fact that before meeting Harry, Megan was married to director Trevor Engelson, in order to get married in a church, the bride and groom needed the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Previously, the Anglican Church strictly forbade weddings in the church of divorced people. In the early 2000s, this rule was relaxed and transferred to the jurisdiction of the archbishop. He refused Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, so they married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Town Hall. But for Harry and Meghan, the current Archbishop of Canterbury was more lenient.

16. Doria Ragland was the only member of Meghan’s family to proudly watch from a pew in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, as her daughter became a princess.

Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland on the way to the wedding ceremony

17. During their wedding dinner at St. George’s Hall, British pop icon Elton John played the piano. He was a close friend of Harry’s mother Princess Diana until her death. Before inviting him to come on stage, the groom asked the guests: “Does anyone here know how to play the piano?”

18. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Meghan showed respect to the Commonwealth countries with her wedding train, which was embroidered with the flowers of each of them.

19. Meghan and Harry became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day. The ducal title was a wedding gift from Her Majesty. An official statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen is delighted to today bestow the dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles are now Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkill. Prince Harry thus becomes HRH The Duke of Sussex and Miss Meghan Markle, upon marriage, will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”

20. Megan is still a princess. According to Newsweek magazine, by marrying Harry, she received the title of Princess Henry of Wales, and has the right to call herself that, despite the fact that she and her husband renounced the powers of members of the royal family.

Newlyweds Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Source: Hellomagazine

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