THE MAK­ING OF MARKLE

Mar­ion McMullen re­veals all about Meghan Markle, the Amer­i­can ac­tress who is to marry Prince Harry

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1THE 36-year-old, born Rachel Meghan Markle, is the daugh­ter of Emmy Award-win­ning light­ing di­rec­tor Thomas W Markle, who worked on the US sit­com Mar­ried With Chil­dren and Gen­eral Hospi­tal. Her mother is ther­a­pist and yoga in­struc­tor Do­ria Rad­lan. The cou­ple di­vorced in 1988, when Meghan was six.

2MEGHAN is best known for her role in Amer­i­can legal drama Suits, pic­tured, in which she plays para­le­gal Rachel Zane, but she has also been in films Get Him To The Greek with Rus­sell Brand, Re­mem­ber Me and Hor­ri­ble Bosses.

3SHE was the most Googled ac­tress of 2016 be­cause of her con­nec­tion with Prince Harry. The cou­ple made their first public ap­pear­ance to­gether at the In­vic­tus Games, pic­tured, in Septem­ber.

4SHE cre­ated a life­style web­site called The Tig, which she ran for three years be­fore clos­ing it down. The web­site name was in­spired by an Ital­ian wine called Tig­nanello. It cov­ered food, travel, fash­ion, and beauty. She once said: “I do think there’s some value to throw­ing your­self into food and em­brac­ing where it comes from.”

5SHE grew up in Cal­i­for­nia and at­tended a girls’ Ro­man Catholic col­lege. She later stud­ied theatre and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity.

6SHE was 11 when she per­suaded a soap man­u­fac­turer to al­ter an ad­vert after she wrote to Hil­lary Clin­ton, pic­tured be­low, com­plain­ing it im­plied women be­longed in the kitchen. Meghan has re­mained en­gaged with the larger so­cial is­sues, be­com­ing an ambassador for World Vi­sion Canada.

7PAST re­la­tion­ships have in­cluded a two-year mar­riage to Trevor En­gel­son and a short time with celebrity chef Cory Vi­tiello. Harry and Meghan will marry in Windsor Cas­tle, above.

8SHE was a free­lance cal­lig­ra­pher, do­ing cor­re­spon­dence for Dolce & Gab­bana and wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions for clients such as singer Robin Thicke be­fore her act­ing ca­reer took off. She first fea­tured in an episode of Gen­eral Hospi­tal in 2002 be­fore mov­ing on to roles in CSI, 90210, With­out A Trace and crime comedy drama Cas­tle.

9MEGHAN’S en­gage­ment ring, above, was de­signed by Prince Harry him­self and uses a cen­tral stone from Botswana and two from his mother Princess Diana’s col­lec­tion.

10SHE spoke pub­licly about her re­la­tion­ship with Prince Harry for the first time when she graced the Septem­ber cover of US mag­a­zine Van­ity Fair, above.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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