Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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Duchess of Sussex (more)
Markle in 2018
BornRachel Meghan Markle
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 42)
West Park Hospital, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
HouseWindsor (by marriage)
FatherThomas Markle
MotherDoria Ragland
Alma materNorthwestern University
  • Actress
  • activist
  • author
Years active1995, 2002–2017 (as actress)
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
ReligionChurch of England

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (/ˈmɛɡən/; born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), sometimes called Meghan Markle, is an American member of the British Royal Family (through her marriage to Prince Harry) and former actress, model and humanitarian.

Starting her acting career in 2011, she played Rachel Zane in the legal drama series Suits. She had the role of Amy Jessup in the Fox science fiction-drama Fringe. She married Prince Harry in 2016.

Early life[change | change source]

Markle was born at West Park Hospital in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the View Park-Windsor Hills and Hollywood neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Her father is of a Dutch and Irish background and her mother is African American. She was married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.

Marriage to Prince Harry[change | change source]

Markle began dating Prince Harry of Wales in June 2016. They became engaged in November 2017.[1] In preparation for the wedding, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, baptised Markle and confirmed her into the Church of England on March 6, 2018. The couple married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.[2] After their wedding, they became the and Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In October 2018, it was announced that the Duchess was pregnant with the couple's first child.[3] The baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6, 2019.[4]

Leaving the royal family[change | change source]

In January 2020, Meghan and Harry announced that they would no longer take on royal duties and were stepping down from their roles. In November 2020, the Duchess revealed in an opinion piece for The New York Times that she suffered a miscarriage in July of that year.[5]

In March 2021, Meghan and Harry were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about their struggles of being in the royal family. This interview was controversial because the couple spoke about their mistreatment by certain members of the family (who were not named) and by people working for the monarchy.

On 4 June 2021, the couple's daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in Santa Barbara, California.[6]

Harry and Meghan have also made a television series named Harry & Meghan which documented their time in the royal family.

Titles and Honor[change | change source]

  • 19 May 2018 Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex
  • In Scotland: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Dumbarton
  • In Northern Ireland: Baroness of Kilkeel
  • Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (6 February 2022)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle engaged, Prince Charles says". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  2. Booth, Robert (November 28, 2017). "Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May". The Guardian. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. "Meghan and Harry announce pregnancy". BBC News. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  4. "Duchess of Sussex gives birth to boy". May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  5. "Meghan: Duchess of Sussex tells of miscarriage 'pain and grief'". BBC News. November 25, 2020.
  6. "Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter - with name to honour Queen and Diana". Sky News. June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.

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