Meghan Markle has grown to be quite popular in the media because of her relationship with Prince Harry. She was even crowned The Most Googled Actress of 2016! However, as a fan of USA’s dramedies, I’ve been an admirer of hers for quite some time. I’ve seen headlines that describe her as “Prince Harry’s New Girlfriend,” and it bothered me so much because there’s more to her than just that. Here’s a few things you may not know about Meghan Markle.
If you’ve never seen Suits, I suggest you start binging right now on Amazon Prime. The season six finale comes on tonight so you have plenty of time to catch up before season seven premieres. Since you may not have seen the show, I won’t spoil anything for you. Rachel Zane is a strong paralegal with impeccable work ethic, amazing office style (she can rock the button down shirt tucked into a knee-length pencil skirt better than ANYONE) and determination to attend law school in order to enhance her career.
While this a fictional character, Markle plays the role so well that it’s believable. The acting skills of the entire cast are impressive as she works alongside Gina Torres, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman and many other notable actors. I am a firm believer of using characters in shows and movies as inspiration. They can be quite the motivators!
Meghan graduated in 2003 from Northwestern University with a double major in theater and international relations. Both of her majors are from very different ends of the spectrum which is pretty impressive. As someone who is looking to get a Master’s degree in Global Interactions, she is definitely a girl after my own heart. I’ve always respected actors and actresses with college degrees. Higher education has always been important to me.
She’s a humanitarian
Just last year, Meghan became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada which gave her the opportunity to travel to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate. In addition, she was a counselor for the international charity, One Young World. She spoke at the annual One Young World summit in Dublin on the topics of gender equality and modern-day slavery back in 2014. Sheesh! She’s a busy bee. I really need to get more involved.
Her parents aren’t just your average Joes
Thomas W. Markle, her father, is Emmy Award winning Cinematographer. He was nominated for eight Daytime Emmy’s and won two; Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence for a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series for General Hospital.
Her mother isn’t in the entertainment industry but she is a clinical therapist with a master’s degree in social work.
She’s been fighting for women’s rights since she was a child
When Meghan was just 11 years old, she wrote a letter to then First Lady, Hillary Clinton, and a few other prominent individuals stating that a soap opera advertisement implied women belonged in the kitchen. The advertisement was altered by force after her complaint.
Of course, I am all about this! The Tig is Meghan’s website which discusses so many subjects including; food, travel, fashion, living, beauty and influencers.I highly recommend following it ASAP! Readers can learn more about Meghan, discover recipes, get vacation ideas and read her Tig Talk interviews with other inspiring women.
She wrote an essay for Elle UK titled “Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other'”. In this essay, Markle opens up about finding her way as a mixed race woman in society. Meghan writes about her experience in her middle school English class where she had to choose her race on a mandatory census form. Being mixed, myself, I understand how confusing it was to identify oneself prior to the very recent addition of bi-racial options on these forms. She stated, “My teacher told me to check the box for Caucasian. ‘Because that’s how you look, Meghan.'” She then said, “I put down my pen.” Markled explained, “I couldn’t bring myself to do that…” She said, “so, I didn’t tick a box. I left my identity blank – a question mark, an absolute incomplete – much like how I felt.” This hit home for me.
When she went home, she told her dad what happened and what he said made my heart smile, although she said he was furious. He told her, “if that happens again, you draw your own box.” Preach, Dad!
Meghan also talked about her experience with her roommate in the first week of her college career. Her roommate asked her, “you said your mom is black and your dad is white, right?” She confirmed. Her roommate then asked a follow-up question, “and they’re divorced?” Meghan confirmed, yes. Her roommate’s final comment was,”Oh, well that makes sense.” Hmmm. I’m just as confused as Meghan was with this interaction.
She also goes into her experience witnessing her mom being called the ‘N’ word in LA while she was on a break from college. She comforted her very hurt mother. I couldn’t even imagine how they both must have felt.
Meghan mentioned something else in this essay that I could relate to, “I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.” Now I’m not an actress but this precisely explained my experience trying to make friends as a child and even in my college years.
Luckily for Meghan, Suits thought she was “just right”. She explained her character, Rachel Zane as “…beautiful and confident with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. ‘Dream girl’ in Hollywood terms had always been that quintessential blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty – that was the face that launched a thousand ships, not the mixed one. But the show’s producers weren’t looking for someone mixed, nor someone white or black for that matter. They were simply looking for Rachel.” I love this and I appreciate the Suits team for their outlook on this.
The essay has so much more than what I’ve detailed. It’s worth the read.
As you can see, she’s so much more than the arm candy of a prince. She’s her own person, her own type of royalty and an inspiration to all women.