Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex is an American-born member of the British royal family and a former actress. She was born Rachel Meghan Markle on August 4, 1981. She is of mixed ethnic heritage. Meghan Markle’s baby is the reason she sees the world a different way the Duchess of Sussex tells. She was born and bred in Los Angeles, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University School of Communication in 2003, with a double major in theater and international studies.
MEGHAN MARKLE PERSONAL LIFE
Meghan Markle and actor/producer Trevor Engelson began dating in 2004. On September 10, 2011, they got married in Ocho Rios Jamaica.
The marriage ended in a no-fault divorce in August 2013, with the duo citing irreconcilable differences.
Markle’s next relationship with celebrity chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello ended in May 2016, after almost two years of being together.
Markle and Prince Harry had met on a blind date fixed by a mutual friend and started their relationship in June 2016.
At that time, he was fifth in line to the British throne. Prince Harry’s grandmother is Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, as well as Head of the Commonwealth.
The British royal family’s communications secretary released an official statement in November that tackled the defamatory stories, sexism, and racism targeted toward Markle.
In September 2017, Prince Harry and Markle made their first public appearance as a couple at an official royal engagement at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
On November 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was announced by Clarence House and Kensington Palace.
The publication of their engagement received largely positive reactions about the potential social impact of a mixed-race member of the royal family.
Markle revealed that she would call it quits on her acting career and started the process of gaining British citizenship.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
On March 6, 2018, as part of the royal wedding preparations, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, baptized Markle and confirmed her into the Church of England.
The exclusive ceremony, conducted with water from River Jordan, happened in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
The marriage ceremony itself held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19.
Following the wedding, The Duke and Duchess first lived at Nottingham Cottage in London, on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Later on, they relocated to the over two centuries old Frogmore Cottage in the Home Park of Windsor Castle.
The Crown Estate renovated the cottage at a price of £2.4 million, from the Sovereign Grant, with the newlyweds gathering costs beyond normal maintenance and restoration.
Their office was shifted to Buckingham Palace.
On May 6, 2019, the Duke and Duchess had their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who is seventh in line to the throne.
MEGHAN MARKLE PUBLIC ROLE
Prior to her joining the British Royal Family, Meghan Markle was actively politically vocal. S
he supported Hilary Clinton during the United States 2016 election. Markle called Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic”.
In the same year, she took to Instagram to express her disappointment at the results of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Kingdom.
The results had revealed that 51.9% of voters were for Brexit. Meghan posted a placard on Instagram that read “If EU leaves me now, you take away the biggest part of me.”
In addition to this, her recommendation of Noam Chomsky’s book Who Rules the World led Emine Sar of The Guardian to infer that Meghan Markle would turn out to be “the most left-wing member of the royal family”.
However, royal family members are to be politically neutral by convention, and Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to Prince Charles, expects the Duchess to be the same.
Following the engagement, Markle and Prince Harry’s first official public appearance was at a World AIDS Day walkabout in Nottingham on December 1, 2017.
The couple celebrated International Women’s Day by attending an event in Birmingham hosted by the Stemettes. On March 12, alongside the Queen and other royal family members, Markle attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
On March 23, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first visit to Northern Ireland.
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Her first official engagement as a Duchess happened on May 22, when she and the Duke celebrated his father, Prince Charles, charity work.
The Duchess partakes in her husband’s work as a youth ambassador to the Commonwealth, which comprises abroad visits. The first of such visits was to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand in October 2018.
On their visit to Morocco in February 2019, the Duke and Duchess concentrated on “women’s empowerment, girls’ education, inclusivity and encouragement of social entrepreneurship” projects.
In 2018, Meghan Markle was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
She was placed on its shortlist for Person of the Year as well. British Vogue Magazine also selected Markle as one of the most influential women in the UK.
In 2019, the Duke and Duchess created an Instagram account as part of their setting up a separate office.
The account broke the record for the quickest account to hit 1 million followers.
MEGHAN MARKLE ACTING
Markle’s first on-screen appearance was a small role as a nurse in an episode of daytime soap opera- General Hospital.
She had other small guest roles on television shows Century City (2004), The War at Home (2006), and CSI: NY (2006).
She appeared in two 2010 films, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me, and one 2011 film, Horrible Bosses.
She also appeared in episodes of Cuts; Love, Inc.; 90210; Knight Rider; Without a Trace; The League; and Castle.
Markle also appeared in the first two episodes of the second season of Fox’s series Fringe as Junior Agent Amy Jessup Markle.
In 2015, Markle expressed that she had encountered difficulty in landing roles. She wrote in “Being ‘ethnically ambiguous’, as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role … Sadly, it didn’t matter: 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”
She joined the cast of the USA network show Suits in July 2011. She played the character Rachel Zane, who started as a paralegal and eventually rose up to the attorney.
She finished work on the seventh season around the ending part of 2017. A critique in the Irish Times stated that Markle “actively re-positioned” her character from ingénue to “the show’s moral conscience”.
She provided her viewers with a unique depiction of a daughter whose African-American father has the power to aid her career and further her dream of breaking both racial and gender “glass ceilings.”
MEGHAN MARKLE CHARITY WORK
Meghan Markle used to be a counselor for international charity One Young World. In Dublin, at the 2014 summit, she addressed issues of gender equality and modern-day slavery.
That same year, she also toured Spain and Afghanistan with the United Service Organizations.
She became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada in 2016, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign.
Also in 2016, after a trip to India targeted at spreading awareness of women’s issues, she wrote an op-ed for Time magazine focused on the stigmatization of women in relation to menstrual health.
In 2017, Markle teamed up with Prince Harry and the charity- Elephants Without Borders, to aid the conservation activities in Botswana.
Meghan Markle has worked as an advocate with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
The Duchess is an active feminist and plans to utilize her royal family position to keep backing social justice and women’s rights.
In January 2018, the Duchess picked interest in Hubb Community Kitchen, operated by the survivors of Grenfell Tower fire.
She frequently went to the kitchen throughout 2018 and proposed that the displaced women publish a cookbook to get financial assistance for it. In September, Together: Our Community Cookbook, her first charity project as Duchess of Sussex, was publicly announced.
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Last week, HRH The Duke of Sussex was proud to co-host a fundraising event for National Geographic’s @intotheokavango – a documentary film that highlights the vulnerability of the critical ecosystem that is The Okavango Delta and its source rivers in Angola. The Okavango Delta is the primary water source for a million people and is home to the world's largest remaining elephant population. His Royal Highness has a long-standing love of Africa and a connection with Botswana and Angola for over 20 years. The Duke is grateful to see National Geographic partnering with the Angolan government, @thehalotrust, @africanparksnetwork and many others in protecting this extraordinary habitat by supporting the sustainable management of the river basin's resources and focusing on a conservation economy. HRH – “Millions of people, food security and regional power generation are dependant on these free-flowing rivers. Threats such as uncontrolled fires, the bushmeat trade, unsustainable harvesting of the forest and rapid biodiversity loss are already destroying this incredible and delicate landscape. Known by the locals as ‘Source of life’, this ecosystem is wilderness at its best, playing an absolutely crucial role for the planet, people and wildlife. This is our one and only chance to save this magnificent last Eden.” (Photos: Cory Richards and John Hilton)
Markle attended the first annual forum of the Royal Foundation in February 2018. She became the foundation’s fourth patron, along with Prince Harry, his brother Prince William, and sister-in-law Catherine, following her marriage into the royal family.
It was stated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would split from the foundation and set up their own charity by the end of 2019.
Nevertheless, the couples will purportedly work together on mutual projects like the mental health initiative Heads Together.
In July 2019, Meghan and Harry’s own charity was registered in England and Wales under the title “Sussex Royal: The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
Meghan Markle’s support of the Royal National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, and Mayhew indicates her prior interests in access to education, the arts, access to education, animal well-being and women’s empowerment.
In March 2019, she was made the vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which concentrates on projects involving children and welfare of prisoners.
The Duchess became a guest editor and contributor in 2019 for the September issue of British Vogue.
She drew attention to the efforts of 15 women from various fields, who were labeled as “Forces of Change.” It was disclosed in the same issue that she had teamed up with several British stores and fashion houses to release a collection in late 2019.
The collection is intended to help the charity- Smart Works, of which is a patron. It is aimed at helping “unemployed and disadvantaged women”, by selling items “on a one-for-one basis, meaning an item is donated for each item purchased”