Actress, model, humanitarian, and future royal Meghan Markle has captured the attention of people the world over. Now that her wedding to Prince Harry of Wales is almost here, lots of people are wondering who this glamorous 36-year-old is and where she came from. Read on to see Meghan early in her acting career, and even as an activist tween!
Californian Bi-Racial Girl
Rachel Meghan Markle was born in Los Angeles in 1981 to a Caucasian father and an African-American mother. Her father, Thomas, worked as a cinematographer and little Meghan got to visit TV show sets. The experiences with her father probably got her thinking about life in the spotlight. But what did she learn from her mother?
Life Lessons Learned From Her Mom
Meghan’s mother, Doria, helped shape her world view and embrace her diversity. Doria told Meghan stories of the racism she and her family experienced because they were African-American. But she taught Meghan to also appreciate how far the country has come since those days. Check out the next slide to see that Megan’s desire for equality started to show while she was a young student.
Meghan’s Activism Is Born
Young Meghan wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, even when she was on camera. Megan was interviewed with her classmates in 1993 for Nickelodeon’s Nick News — the students watched commercials and the crew filmed their reactions to the messages. Megan voiced her distaste for a “sexist” soap commercial because it featured only women doing dishes. She also showed great enthusiasm for acting, as you’ll see on the next slide …
Success In Her Early Acting Work
After graduating from Northwestern University in 2003, Meghan kept busy with acting, modeling gigs, and even calligraphy services! She appeared on General Hospital, Century City, The War at Home, CSI: NY, and a stint as a “briefcase girl” on the popular game show Deal Or No Deal. That enthusiasm and charm eventually led her to her biggest role yet.