Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement was officially announced on Nov. 27, 2017, and since then people have been wanting to know more about the prince’s future wife. Most were already aware that Markle is an American actress, who has now given up that career, and was married once before she met Harry. But there are many more fascinating and surprising things we have learned about Markle recently.
Meghan is not her real name
Meghan is not the actress’ birth name. Her real name is Rachel Meghan Markle, the same first name as the character she played on Suits.
It’s unclear when Markle dropped Rachel, but all of her acting credits are under her middle and last name.
She was the most Googled actress of 2016
For those who didn’t watch Suits and never heard of Markle before, her name was a hot search on Google in 2016. After it was revealed that she and Harry were an item, people were Googling her nonstop and she took the title of the most Googled actress that year.
Serena Williams is one of her best friends
One of Markle’s best friends is tennis superstar Serena Williams, who she met while playing a charity football game in 2014.
When Markle started dating Prince Harry, the paparazzi and tabloid seekers became more aggressive than anything she had previously witnessed, so she asked her famous friend for advice on dealing with such fame. “I told her, ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide,’” Williams said.
Markle was dating another man when she met Harry
It’s been reported that Markle was in a relationship with another man when she went on her first date with Harry. Markle dated Canadian chef Cory Vitiello from 2014 to 2016. As we know, 2016 is the same year Markle went on date with the prince. So, was the royal the cause of their breakup? Vitiello won’t say.
“I can’t comment on that,” he answered when pressed about it.
She and Prince Harry are distant cousins
As is the case with many royals and their significant others, Markle and Harry’s roots can be traced back to a common ancestor making them distant cousins.
A genealogical investigation has stated that the two are related via High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes, whose grandson Christopher Hussey moved to America in 1632. Therefore, the two are actually 17th cousins.