Meghan Markle has come a long way from her California roots.
The girl of retired lighting director Thomas Markle and ex makeup artist Doria Ragland, who got her start in showbiz with a single-episode appearance on soap opera General Hospital, is now a member of the British royal family, with the title of Duchess of Sussex, following her May 2018 marriage to Prince Harry.
The road to worldwide fame was a long one, with studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a previous marriage to director Trevor Engelson and a career-defining role as Rachel Zane on the USA Network hit Suits.
Along the way, the L.A. native also became an outspoken advocate for issues she is passionate about, speaking on gender inequality at a summit in Dublin in 2014 and holding workshops on body image and self-esteem one year later.
And then, there was Harry: The couple started dating in London ……
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