14 Meghan Markle Facts That, Honestly, You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Meghan’s not her real name.

Though the world knows her as Meghan, that’s actually her middle name. Her first name is Rachel — the same name as her character on Suits.

2. She was once a professional calligrapher.

She told Esquire that she’s “always had a propensity for getting the cursive down pretty well,” after taking handwriting classes in Catholic school. She said, “What it evolved into was my pseudo-waitressing job when I was auditioning. I didn’t wait tables. I did calligraphy.” She did everything from celebrity wedding invitations to holiday cards.

3. At just 11 years old, she spoke out against a sexist commercial.

She told Glamour, “When I was in grade school, I saw this sexist commercial for dish soap. With Rosie’s ‘We can do it!’ mantra in mind, I wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee, who sent a camera crew to meet me. Guess what? They changed the commercial.”

4. She was once a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.

She told Esquire that her time on the show was something she was “doing while [she] was auditioning to try to make ends meet” and that “working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped [her] to understand what [she] would rather be doing.” She also said that she never had the winning case.

5. She was basically a fashion designer.

She designed two collections for the Canadian retailer Reitmans. You can check out a few of the looks here.

6. She has a political background.

Meghan got the best of both worlds by double majoring in theatre and international relations at Northwestern University, and she even had an internship working for the US Embassy. She told Marie Claire back in 2013 that she “thought for sure [she] would still have a career in politics.”

7. She has two adorable adopted dogs, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres.

Markle told Best Health, “I was sitting there [in the shelter] with him [Bogart] and then Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi walk in … Ellen goes, ‘Is that your dog?’ And I said, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘You have to take that dog.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m deciding.’ And she’s like, ‘Rescue the dog!’ … And she walks outside to get into her car, but instead of getting in she turns around and comes and taps on the window glass, and she yells, ‘Take the dog!’ And so, I brought him home — because Ellen told me to.”

8. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who knows her way around the kitchen.

She told Marie Claire, “I love to cook. My character [on Suits] is a foodie because they know that I’m a foodie. I’m always on the quest to find amazing new restaurants and new recipes… I do think there’s some value to really throwing yourself into food and embracing where it comes from.” And, I guess food is her lucky charm since Prince Harry proposed to her while they were making roast chicken for dinner.

9. She’s besties with GOAT Serena Williams.

The two met in 2014 at DirecTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl. Meghan wrote on the Tig that they “hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff. … She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down to earth chick I was able to grab lunch with.”

10. She founded a lifestyle blog called the Tig.

After three years, Meghan shut down the blog in April. In the Tig’s official goodbye, she wrote, “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.”

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