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7 things you didn’t know about Meghan Markle

2016-11-11 08:00
 
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Cape Town - Meghan Markle has been an actress for more than a dozen years, yet most people heard her name for the first time when Prince Harry announced that she's his girlfriend.

Harry confirmed he was dating the 35-year-old beauty when he released a statement on Tuesday condemning the media's treatment of Meghan. (Read more here)

Here are 7 things you might not have known about her:

1. She’s an actress

Meghan went from small parts on such TV series as FringeWithout a Trace and CSI: Miami to a starring role on the USA Network drama Suits.

She has played paralegal and aspiring lawyer Rachel Zane on the show, now in its sixth season, since 2011.

2. She is the co-creator of a clothing line

Meghan co-created a clothing line for Canadian retailer Reitmans. She is also the brand ambassador of the retailer and has just released a new five-piece collection.

3. She has a lifestyle website

Meghan established The Tig in 2014 as a place to "integrate social consciousness and subjects of higher value than, let's say ... selfies" with beauty and fitness advice.

Her most recent post detailed how she balances her humanitarian work with her Hollywood career.

A photo posted by The Tig (@thetigofficial) on

4. She credits her parents for her ability to balance her glamorous job and the joy of giving back

Meghan credits her parents for showing her both the glitter of Hollywood and the joy of giving back.

Born in Los Angeles, she accompanied her lighting-director dad to sitcom and soap-opera sets, while her therapist mom brought her along on exotic trips to places where poverty was the norm.

"This is what I grew up seeing, so that is what I grew up being: a young adult with a social consciousness to do what I could, and to, at the very least, speak up when I knew something was wrong," she recently wrote on her site.

5. She has royal taste

Being a clothing designer, Meghan has shown elegance and sophistication in her choice of clothing, much like the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate and Meghan wore the same dress within a two year time and while they both looked beautiful, the ladies put their own twist on the lace Diane von Furstenberg's Zarita dress.

Kate opted for a full length black version of the dress in 2014 while Meghan went for a slightly sexier shorter length navy version in 2014.

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6. She has worked with UN Women and the World Vision

Meghan has actively been involved as a humanitarian worker. She worked as an advocate for United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in 2014. 

The Suits actress also became the Global Ambassador for World Vision in 2016 and travelled to Rwanda for their Clean Water Campaign.

7. She was married to movie producer Trevor Engelson

Meghan married film producer Trevor Engelson in September 2011, after having dated since 2004. The former couple separated in May and were officially divorced 3 months after.

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(Sources: AP, Rietmans, The Tig)

(Photos: Getty Images)

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