|Name:||Meghan, Duchess of Sussex|
|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Birth Day:||August 4, 1981|
|#1||Thomas Markle Jr.||Brother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#2||Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor||Children||N/A||N/A||1||Celebrity Family Member|
|#3||Thomas Markle||Father||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||76||Celebrity Family Member|
|#4||Trevor Engelson||Former spouse||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||44||Producer|
|#5||Alvin Azell Ragland||Grandfather||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#10||Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex||Spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#11||Tyler Dooley||N/A||N/A||28||Reality Star|
|#13||Gordon Arnold Markle||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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Growing up in Los Angeles, Markle attended Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse. At age eleven, she convincingly wrote to Procter & Gamble to gender-neutralize a dishwashing soap commercial on national television. Raised as a Protestant, she graduated from Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl Catholic school. In 1999, Markle was admitted to Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After her junior year, Markle interned at the American embassy in Buenos Aires and considered a political career. However, she did not score high enough in the Foreign Service Officer Test to proceed further with the US State Department, and returned to NU. She also attended a study abroad program in Madrid. In 2003, Markle earned her bachelor's degree with a double major in theater and international studies from Northwestern's School of Communication.
Markle began a relationship with American film producer Trevor Engelson in 2004. They were married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on September 10, 2011 and concluded a no-fault divorce in August 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. Markle's subsequent relationship with Canadian celebrity chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello ended in July 2016 after almost two years.
Markle appeared in three 2010 films; Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and The Candidate. Then, one film, Horrible Bosses in 2011. She was paid $187,000 for her role in Remember Me and $171,429 for her role in the short film The Candidate. In July 2011, Markle joined the cast of the USA Network show Suits through to late 2017 and the seventh season. Her character, Rachel Zane, began as a paralegal and eventually became an attorney. While working on Suits, Markle lived for nine months each year in Toronto. Fortune magazine estimated that Markle was paid $50,000 per episode, amounting to an equivalent annual salary of $450,000.
In 2014, Markle founded her own lifestyle blog The Tig. She wrote about food, fashion, beauty, travel and inspirational women. As the blog grew, input from others was added. The viewing audience consisted primarily of the fans of Markle and Suits. Promotion of the blog on other social media platforms targeted 3 million followers on Instagram, 800,000 on Facebook, and 350,000 on Twitter. In April 2017, The Tig closed. In January 2018, Markle took all articles offline and deleted her social media accounts. It is estimated that Markle's social media activities annually earned her about $80,000 from endorsements and sponsorships.
Markle spoke at the 2014 summit for the international charity One Young World in Dublin and attended the 2016 opening ceremony in Ottawa. Also in 2014, she toured Afghanistan and Spain with the United Service Organizations.
Markle became known through The Tig for her fashion sense, releasing two fashion collections with Canadian clothing company Reitmans in 2015 and 2016. The lines were based on her personal style and that of her Suits character. Markle has cited Emmanuelle Alt as her style inspiration. However, she has worn outfits and ensembles by a wide variety of fashion designers.
In June 2016, Markle began a relationship with British Prince Harry, a grandson of Elizabeth II. In November, the prince directed his communications secretary to release a statement on his behalf to express personal concern about pejorative and false comments made about his girlfriend by mainstream media and Internet trolls. In September 2017, Markle and Prince Harry first appeared together in public at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
In 2016, Markle became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. After a trip to India focused on raising awareness for women's issues, she penned an op-ed for Time magazine concerning stigmatization of women in regard to menstrual health. She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate. The Duchess is a vocal feminist and intended to use her role as a member of the royal family to continue supporting women's rights and social justice. In 2017, Markle joined Prince Harry in teaming up with the charity Elephants Without Borders to assist with the conservation efforts taking place in Botswana.
Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry was announced on November 27, 2017 by Harry's father Charles, Prince of Wales. The announcement prompted generally positive comments about having a mixed-race person as a member of the royal family, especially in regard to Commonwealth countries with populations of blended or native ancestry. Markle announced that she would retire from acting, and began the lengthy process of becoming a British citizen, which is subject to strict immigration rules concerning the number of days lived outside of the UK.
Members of the royal family are politically neutral by convention, and Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to Prince Charles, expected Markle would follow suit. Nevertheless, historian Robert Lacey said in 2017 that she was the most "feisty and spiky" person to marry into the royal family since her grandfather-in-law Prince Philip.
Shortly after her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017, Markle caused a surge of interest in Scottish retailer Strathberry after carrying one of its handbags to a public event. This was reported as an indication that her fashion choices would produce a variation of the Kate Middleton effect. After Markle and Prince Harry's first appearance as a couple, brands Mackage, Birks, R&R Jewelers, Crown Jewelers and Everlane noted an upswing in their website hits and sales. It was speculated that Markle's effect would be broader internationally because she already had a strong American appeal. Consequently, the United States saw a boost in yellow gold jewelry sales in the first quarter of 2018.
After becoming engaged, Markle's first official public appearance with Prince Harry was at a World AIDS Day walkabout in Nottingham on December 1, 2017. On March 12, the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey was the first royal event she attended with the Queen. On March 23, Harry and Meghan made an unannounced day visit to Northern Ireland. In total, Markle attended 26 public engagements prior to the wedding.
In preparation for the wedding, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, baptized Markle and confirmed her into the Church of England on March 6, 2018. The private ceremony, performed with water from the River Jordan, took place in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. The marriage ceremony was held on May 19 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. It was reportedly agreed in advance that excess funds generated from the BBC broadcast of the ceremony would go to a charity chosen by the newlywed couple. In April 2020, Feeding Britain (which provides food packages to families in food poverty) was nominated to receive £90,000 from the BBC.
In 2018, Tatler named the Duchess with other senior royal women on its list of Britain's best dressed people. Following the announcement of her pregnancy, the Duchess appeared in a Karen Gee dress that resulted in the Australian designer's website crashing. Fashion website Net-a-Porter ranked the Duchess as one of the best dressed women in 2018. and was nominated for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards in the category Choice Style Icon. In 2019, British brand Reiss reported a growth in profits after the Duchess was seen wearing a mini-dress by them on International Women's Day.
The Duchess's first official engagement after marriage was on May 22 when the Duke and her celebrated the charity work of Prince Charles. In July 2018, Meghan's first official trip abroad as a royal was to Dublin, Ireland with Harry.
In October 2018, the Duke and Duchess traveled to Sydney, Australia for the 2018 Invictus Games – a Paralympics style event for defence veterans – of which Prince Harry is patron. This formed part of a Pacific tour that included Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. As representatives of the Queen, the couple were greeted warmly by crowds in Sydney, and the announcement of the Duchess's pregnancy hours after their arrival delighted the public and media.
In January 2018, Markle became interested in the Hubb Community Kitchen run by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. She visited the kitchen regularly, and suggested that the displaced women publish a cookbook to assist in funding for the group. Together: Our Community Cookbook, her first charity project as Duchess of Sussex, was announced in September.
Before their marriage, Meghan attended the first annual forum of The Royal Foundation in February 2018 with Harry. After her marriage into the royal family, the Duchess became the foundation's fourth patron, alongside Prince Harry, his brother Prince William, and sister-in-law Catherine. In June 2019, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would split from the charity and establish their own charity foundation by the end of 2019. It was reported that the couples would collaborate on mutual projects, such as the mental health initiative Heads Together.
In 2018, Time magazine included the Duchess on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and placed her on its shortlist for Person of the Year. She was also chosen as one of the most influential women in the United Kingdom by British Vogue magazine. Her influence was also recognized in both the 2019 and 2020 editions of Powerlist, the 100 most influential Britons of African and Afro-Caribbean descent.
Upon marriage to Prince Harry in 2018, Meghan Markle became a princess of the United Kingdom entitled to the style of Her Royal Highness (HRH) as well as Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. She is the first person to hold the title Duchess of Sussex. However, following a decision to step back from royal duties in 2020, Meghan and Harry agreed not to use the style of Royal Highness as the couple no longer formally represent the Queen. Nevertheless, they still technically retain the HRH style.
The Duchess gave birth to a son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's office moved to Buckingham Palace and officially closed on March 31, 2020 when the Sussexes ceased "undertaking official engagements in support of the Queen". After some months in Canada and the United States, the couple bought a house in June 2020 on the former estate of Riven Rock in Montecito, California.
During their visit to Morocco in February 2019, the Duke and Duchess focused on projects centered on "women's empowerment, girls' education, inclusivity and encouragement of social entrepreneurship". It is otherwise noted that the Duchess participated in her husband's work as youth ambassador to the Commonwealth, which included overseas tours.
As part of setting up their separate office or 'court' in 2019, the Duke and Duchess created an Instagram social media account, which broke the record for fastest account to reach 1 million followers. In August 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were criticized by environmental campaigners for using private jets regularly when taking their personal trips abroad, which would leave more carbon footprint per person compared to commercial planes. The criticism was in line with the reactions the royal family faced in June 2019, after it was revealed that they "had doubled [their] carbon footprint from business travel".
In September–October 2019, a Southern African tour included Malawi, Angola, South Africa and Botswana. Because infant son Archie traveled with the Sussexes, this was "their first official tour as a family".
The Duchess's patronage of London's National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, and Mayhew reflects her earlier interests in the arts, access to education, women's empowerment, and animal well-being, respectively. In March 2019, the Duchess was appointed the vice president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust. In October 2019, the Duchess voiced a Public Health England announcement with other members of the royal family for the "Every Mind Matters" mental health program.
In 2019, the Duchess was a contributor and guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue and highlighted the works of 15 women from different areas, who were described as "Forces for Change". Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of the British Vogue, later revealed that the issue had become the "fastest-selling issue in the history of British Vogue". In the same issue, it was announced that she had collaborated with a number of British fashion houses and stores to launch a capsule collection, called The Smart Set, in September 2019 to benefit the charity Smart Works, of which she is a patron. The collection sought to help "unemployed and disadvantaged women", through selling items "on a one-for-one basis, meaning an item is donated for each item purchased". Taking advantage of "the Meghan effect" (driving consumer purchases), in 10 days the collection provided a year's worth of clothes for the charity.
In July 2019, Harry and Meghan's new charity was registered in England and Wales under the title "Sussex Royal The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex". However, it was confirmed on February 21, 2020 that "Sussex Royal" would not be used as a brand name for the couple following their step back from public life as working royals. In July 2020, relevant paperwork was filed with UK authorities to formally close the Sussex Royal charity.
In May 2019, Splash News issued a formal apology to the Sussexes for sending photographers to their Cotswolds residence, which put their privacy at risk. The agency also agreed to pay a "substantial" sum of damages and legal costs associated with the case. In January 2020, lawyers for the Duke and Duchess issued a legal warning to the press in general after paparazzi photographs were published in the media.
In September 2020, the Duke and Duchess released a video urging American voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”, citing the upcoming 2020 United States presidential election as "the most important election of our lifetime". Some took it as an implicit endorsement of Joe Biden, the Democratic opponent of President Trump.
In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess returned to the UK from a vacation in Canada and announced that they were stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family, and would balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America. The couple also said that they would seek financial independence while continuing to support their charities and the Queen. A statement released by the Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess were to become financially independent and cease to represent the Queen. The Duke and Duchess would retain their HRH stylings but not be permitted to use them. The formal role of the Duke and Duchess would be subject to a twelve-month review period, ending in March 2021. The Duchess's final solo engagement as a senior royal was a visit to Robert Clack School on March 7 in Dagenham ahead of International Women's Day.
The Duke and the Duchess remain president and vice president respectively of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT). Periodically, online QCT chat sessions are conducted and uploaded to YouTube for general public viewing. In September 2020, the Sussexes signed a private commercial deal with Netflix "to develop scripted and unscripted series, film, documentaries, and children programming for the streaming service".
In March 2020, it was announced that Meghan's first post-royal project would be the narration of Disneynature's documentary Elephant, which was released on April 3. In support of elephants, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund would donate to Elephant Without Borders for species conservation in Botswana.
In April 2020, the Duke and Duchess volunteered in a private capacity to personally deliver foods prepared by the Project Angel Food to Los Angeles residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In July 2020, Meghan spoke in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In April 2020, Meghan and Harry confirmed their new foundation (in lieu of Sussex Royal) would be called "Archewell". The name stems from the Greek word "arche", which means "source of action"; the same word that inspired the name of their son. Archewell was registered in the United States. Its website was officially launched in October 2020.
At the end of the tour of Southern African countries in September – October 2019, it emerged that the Duchess was suing The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline for alleged breach of privacy, infringement of copyright, and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 over the publication of a letter she had sent to her father. The Duchess lost the first round in the High Court of Justice case with the Daily Mail in 2020, and was ordered to pay £67,000 legal costs for Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL). In September, ANL successfully applied to use the recently published biographical book Finding Freedom, alleging that the Duchess had passed information onto the authors. The two sides return to court in January 2021.
In July 2020, the Duchess jointly launched legal action with her husband against an unnamed individual for taking pictures of their son in Los Angeles. American news agency X17 issued an apology. It also agreed to reimburse some of the other party's legal fees, hand over photos on hand, destroy any copies in its possession and cease distribution of the images.
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