THE AC­TOR

Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY RE­BECCA ECKLER AU­THOR & ROYAL EN­THU­SI­AST

Meghan Markle is now one of the most pho­tographed and most googled women in the world. Markle may be most fa­mous for dat­ing a prince, but she has also made a name for her­self in her own right, thanks to her act­ing abil­ity, her big smile, big heart and phil­an­thropic work. Her phi­lan­thropy and ac­tivism be­gan at the ripe age of 11, when she wrote a let­ter about a soap ad­ver­tise­ment that she be­lieved to be sex­ist. Young Markle sent that let­ter to sev­eral high-pro­file peo­ple, in­clud­ing the then-first lady Hil­lary Clin­ton. (And, yes, the let­ter worked, and the ad was al­tered!)

Over the years, the Suits star has vis­ited Rwanda and In­dia with World Vi­sion Canada and worked with the char­ity One Young World. She is also a United Na­tions Women am­bas­sador and gave a speech on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day in 2015 at a UN Women con­fer­ence.

Ear­lier this year, Markle spent a week in the slum com­mu­ni­ties in In­dia, where she fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion for girls, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and health care. She be­came a World Vi­sion global am­bas­sador in 2016 af­ter trav­el­ling to Rwanda to help with a new clean wa­ter pipe­line.

As she now makes the move from the An­nex to across the pond, Markle may be putting her act­ing ca­reer on the back burner and al­low­ing her de­sire to do good to be­come her full-time pas­sion. Markle may set up her own foun­da­tion con­cen­trat­ing on “young, vul­ner­a­ble women around the world.” Although we of­ten see Markle in the spot­light, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that she’s the one who puts the spot­light on char­i­ties and causes she truly cares about.

Markle has called the An­nex home since she started shoot­ing ‘Suits’ in 2011

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