In case you missed it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last Monday, November 27. They are set to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.
The couple has been dating for over a year, ever since they met in July 2016.
Prince Harry, 33, is the son of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales. He’s the fifth in line of succession to the British throne.
Meanwhile, Meghan, 36, is an actress, best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane on hit TV series Suits.
Beyond the fact that Meghan’s a popular Hollywood star, there’s actually more interesting things about her that we believe make her more special (and fit to be part of the Royal Family). Here’s the lowdown on the beautiful actress:
“Meghan” is not her real name
Like other celebrities, Meghan used a so-called screen name instead of her real name. “Meghan” is actually her middle name—her real full name is Rachel Meghan Markle.
She is a talented calligrapher
Before stealing the showbiz spotlight, Meghan worked as a freelance calligrapher.
“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning,” she said in an interview with Good Housekeeping UK. “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form.”
She used her calligraphy skills to freelance for luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana while waiting for her big break. She also wrote singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton’s wedding invites.
She has a diverse family background
Meghan is also a proud biracial—her mother being African-American and her father being Dutch-Irish.
In a chat with Elle Magazine, she said: “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.”
She was a hardworking briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal
Aside from freelancing in calligraphy, Meghan also had several other jobs then. Before landing her breakout role on Suits in 2011, she was a briefcase girl on the US version of Deal or No Deal from 2006 to 2007 first. She was case number 24.
“Working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing,” she shared in an interview with US Weekly.
She has a ton of advocacies under her belt
Just like her fiance, Meghan is a humanitarian as well. She has worked with organizations such as World Vision, the United Nations, One Young World, and Myna Mahila Foundation.
She’s also a champion for gender equality, clean water, eradication of modern day slavery, and even the “adopt don’t shop” mantra for pets.
Get to know her more by following (and double-tapping) her Instagram snaps. Here are some of our favorites so far:
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